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Head of Careers Consultancy

University of Reading - Student Services

Location: Reading
Salary: £57,696 to £64,914 per annum.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 5th June 2024
Closes: 30th June 2024
Job Ref: SRF47548
 

The award-winning Careers and Employability Team is valued by the University as a vital partner in teaching, learning and student success. On our beautiful green campus in Berkshire, our values of sustainability and community are a vital part of our day-to-day work, and we collaborate in building University reputation alongside student success. We are now looking for a Head of Careers Consultancy to lead the Careers Consultancy Team in the delivery of highly-effective, impactful careers education, information and guidance. A part of the management team, the Head of Careers Consultancy will bring knowledge and expertise to shape the strategic direction of the Careers and Employability Team and inform institutional strategies for delivering employability.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Leading the Careers Consultancy Team to success – setting ambitious team and individual objectives in line with wider Careers priorities, supporting and inspiring people to achieve them.
  • Leading on the development of a centrally delivered suite of career development workshops, 1:1 support, online learning materials and projects, ensuring planning and delivery to the highest standard within the scope of available resources and reflecting best practice within the sector.
  • Providing strategic leadership for School and department-based careers and employability provision, supporting Careers Consultants with the development and implementation of School and department level strategies.
  • Overseeing a portfolio of key theme-based projects within the team, establishing clear objectives with lead Careers Consultants, agreeing evaluation and impact measures, monitoring progress and allocating resources. Examples of project themes include equality, diversity and inclusion; international, and digital.
  • Horizon-scanning to identify new initiatives in the world of work and opportunities for enhancing existing services or developing collaborative projects within and beyond the institution.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • A strategic thinker, able to balance short-term priorities with a longer-term view.
  • Skilled and experienced in motivating and managing teams of experienced professional staff.
  • Forward-looking with the drive to innovate and refresh, able to adjust practice to deliver institutional priorities.
  • A sophisticated communicator, both written and orally, who can influence and build relationships with a wide range of people at different levels of seniority.
  • Able to demonstrate a proven record of delivering services/support and projects at scale against agreed outcomes.
  • Confident in managing, analysing and interpreting data to inform service delivery and strategic decisions.
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge of careers and employability theories, and issues and trends in HE careers work, and experience of applying these to inform the design and delivery of services and projects.

Interested applicants are welcome to contact Director of Careers and Employability Anne Delauzun to discuss the role prior to applying. 

Closing date - 30th June 2024
Interview date - 9th July 2024

Informal Contact Details
Contact role: Director of Careers and Employability
Contact name: Anne Delauzun
Contact phone: 0118 378 6815
Contact email: a.h.delauzun@reading.ac.uk

By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. Applicants wishing to consider the SWR must ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement before applying. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and champions LGBT+ equality. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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