Job Posting: Programme Manager - Scholar Programme

Contract Type: Fixed-term appointment until 30 September 2024

Salary: Up to £35,000 FTE (pro rata)

Hours: 25 - 30 hours/week

Reports to: Associate Director

Location: LSRI, Albion House, Littlegate Street, Oxford OX1 1SG and/or remote location

 

Overview

Formed in 2019, the Laudato Si’ Research Institute based at Campion Hall, University of Oxford conducts cutting-edge multidisciplinary research for societal transformation on the most pressing ecological and social issues of our day. Rooted in theological and philosophical wisdom, it aims to serve higher education, ecclesial communities, and practitioners by fostering dialogue, inspiring innovative research, and promoting change for the common good.

Central to the LSRI’s mission is its Scholar Programme, which aims to convene a vibrant community of researchers and researcher/practitioners in order to harness the intellectual resources of the academy and religious traditions to address the integrated challenges of social and ecological degradation. Through the resulting dialogue and partnerships, the programme seeks to bring the concerns of the world’s most vulnerable communities into the heart of the LSRI’s research, leading to new fundamental research and new ways of promoting global change.

The Programme Manager will play a lead role in developing our residential scholar programme, research exchanges, and affiliate and associate scholars programme. The postholder will have responsibility for the operational elements of the programme as well as contributing to its strategic development. S/he will be familiar with the demands of an academic environment and have strong interpersonal skills for managing relationships with programme participants and with staff at Campion Hall and the wider university. The abilities to seamlessly manage and attend to all the details of a research visit and to foster a hospitable and fruitful experience for our scholars are essential.

This position will particularly suit a self-motivated individual who thrives in a collaborative environment where his/her ideas and skills will be viewed as a valued contribution to life of the Institute. The candidate will be flexible and open to increasing responsibility in the role.

All staff at Campion Hall are employed by the Jesuits in Britain under its legal name the Society of Jesus Trust registered charity numbers 230165 /SC040490.

Responsibilities

  • Act as the lead administrator responsible for the design, planning, and implementation of the Scholar Programme in collaboration with the LSRI leadership.
  • Administration – Manage all aspects of the visitor and exchange programmes in cooperation with administrative staff at the LSRI and Campion Hall, including advertising, the application and review process, pre-arrival arrangements, accommodation, visas, lecture event coordination, ensuring access to relevant research materials, visitor orientation, and post-visit monitoring.
  • Relationship Building – With the LSRI leadership, support the development of a community of scholars from across the disciplines at the University of Oxford, as well as with those connected through our networks, research visits, or other collaborations.
  • Finance – Manage the programme budget in collaboration with the Associate Director and oversee the administration of payments and reimbursements.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation – Support the LSRI’s efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of its scholar programming by conducting interviews, managing survey data, monitoring outputs and scholarship impact, drafting reports, and making recommendations for changes to the programme.
  • Any other duties that fall within the overall objectives of this role

Essential Criteria

  • Ability to work as a member of a small, flexible, and highly-motivated team in a dynamic and responsive start-up environment.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload and to work thoroughly and effectively with light supervision, while ensuring attention to detail and working ahead of deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills for developing and maintaining relationships with a variety of people including visitors, academic and administrative staff, and other external stakeholders.
  • Experience developing programming in the higher education environment.
  • Good IT and numeracy skills
  • Ability to demonstrate strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work remotely for a significant part of the week given the limitations posed by Covid-19.
  • At minimum, a master’s degree; Ph.D. preferred

Desirable criteria

  • An interest in the socio-ecological mission of the LSRI and a desire to further its aims.

Appointment process

  • To apply, please submit a) a CV outlining relevant experience, b) a supporting letter describing the qualifications and experience the applicant has for the post, and c) a list of three referees (one from a present/most recent employer) with their email addresses and other supporting contact details.
  • Applications should be submitted to the Associate Director, Dr Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser (rebecca.artinian-kaiser@campion.ox.ac.uk) by the application deadline on 19 October 2020.
  • Those shortlisted for the post will be invited to interview on 28 October 2020.
  • The appointment will be made subject to proof of right to work in the UK.

Terms

  • Starting Salary: up to £35,000 FTE per annum (pro rata), depending on experience
  • 25–30 hours per week with flexible working hours to be arranged
  • 25 days paid holiday plus UK Bank Holidays (pro rata)
  • Pension Plan at 5% of annual salary; a minimum personal contribution of 3%
  • Start date: November 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter