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Manager of Education and Operations

Worldwide Universities Network

Location: United Kingdom, Work from home
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th December 2021
Closes: 21st January 2022

Senior management opportunity with the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

WUN brings together 25 leading comprehensive research universities in a collaborative partnership to advance research and education on major global challenges. Capitalizing on the geographical and cultural diversity of members across six continents, WUN enriches their shared experience, and brings together distinctive constellations of talent to address problems of real significance.  

We are looking for an entrepreneurial, hard-working, dedicated and experienced manager to oversee our portfolio of education programs and to provide operational leadership within the secretariat.

Day-to-day work will be performed primarily remotely, and can be done from anywhere in the United Kingdom. Candidates must already have the legal right to work in the UK .This is a two year renewable contract

Applicants should send a cover letter detailing their suitability for the role, along with their CV, to mhasenmueller@wun.ac.uk

Responsibilities

Education

  • Coordinates and administers activities within the Education Portfolio of WUN including:
    • Virtual study abroad
    • Summer schools
    • Student webinars
    • Working groups
    • Other undergraduate engagement projects
  • Liaises with member university contacts to implement Education Portfolio activities
  • Liaises and builds partnerships with external organisations/individuals to support the success of Education Portfolio programs.
  • Provides leadership and support for WUN Special Projects.

Operations

  • Provides operational leadership and delivers administrative services for the organisation.
  • Assists in managing the Secretariat workplan, standard operating procedures, member onboarding, and terms of reference for various internal groups.
  • Team lead for WUN events, both online and in-person, from organisation to implementation.
  • Administers the WUN collaboration platform, promoting the tool and providing support to the Secretariat and users.
  • Prepares briefing packs, reports and papers, and undertakes research on issues relevant to the advancement of the organisation.
  • Schedules the annual cycle of meetings and assists in the drafting of agendas and other associated administrative tasks.
  • Liaises with external service providers.
  • Provides basic budget administration, with the ability to create and manage Excel spreadsheets.
  • Liaises with the Coordinators Group and facilitates information exchange between the Secretariat and the Group.
  • Coordinates new member and governance group representative orientation processes, and implements orientation for new Coordinators.
  • Provides other support to the Executive Director and Head of Secretariat.

Selection criteria

  • Demonstrated, management-level experience in areas of higher education relevant to the role required.
  • Experience delivering services to undergraduate students a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral), professionalism, cultural sensitivity, tact, integrity, discretion and diplomacy.
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work both independently and as a part of a global, multicultural team.  Must be flexible, resourceful, entrepreneurial, and reliable, willing to work unconventional hours and travel when necessary.
  • Advanced organisational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to anticipate needs, exercise initiative, be self-taught, and to deal with politically sensitive and confidential matters appropriately.
  • Advanced proficiency in administrative tools including Microsoft Office (including Excel), IT platforms including teleconferencing/webinar platforms, database, grant management, service procurement, and others. Absent existing expertise with any of these platforms, an ability to achieve proficiency quickly through self-direction is required.
  • Experience with, and understanding of, global university networks highly desirable.
  • Postgraduate university degree.
  • Ideally a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in higher education required.  Management experience within a university network an advantage.
  • Fluent (oral and written) in English. Additional languages, particularly those represented in the network, an advantage.
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