Director of University Operations and Strategic Planning

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University of Sussex


Role Managed by:

Ilona Motyer

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 11/04/2021

Formal Interview Date: 10th and 11th June

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The University of Sussex has challenged convention since its foundation in 1961. From the campus’ modernist architecture on the edge of a rural national park, to our progressive academics and creative professional services staff, to the inspiring students who choose to learn and live here, to the very tone of the Institution and the nature of its conversations, through to the expressions of radicalism, critical thinking and, at times, dissent. The University of Sussex has a long tradition of experimentation and innovation that has made a real difference to the lives of many students, and those who benefit from our research and wider endeavours. Our research creates new agendas, contributes new knowledge, and provides new ideas and solutions that are helping to shape the world. We challenge conventional thinking and discourses, offering inspiring and creative ways to understand and solve global issues.

The University is now seeking a Director of University Operations and Strategic Planning. This is a newly created post established to provide leadership and accountability for the delivery of professional services activity across the Academic Schools and lead on Strategic Planning for the University. Sussex is seeking an exceptional individual to act as the key interface between the central Professional Services and those delivered within Schools.

This is an exciting and challenging role, covering a broad span of professional services and strategic planning. It will provide institutional-wide coordination of professional services delivery for the Academic Schools, working with the School cluster Heads of Professional Services, to ensure that services in the schools are efficient and effective. The post-holder will also lead the University’s Strategic Planning function, ensuring the provision of accurate information, intelligence and insights on performance, to drive academic and service improvement. The post-holder will work closely with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Provost to provide an effective interface between the academic community and the central Professional Services teams, ensuring that the services provided by the central teams interface effectively with those at a local level.

The successful candidate will have senior management experience working in a complex, organisation. You will have experience of providing effective leadership to, and management of, high performing professional services colleagues, as well as being able to establish strong credibility with academic colleagues. A key member of the University’s Professional Services Leadership Team, you will work across the Institution and provide strategic advice to the Provost and the University Executive Group to inform strategic decision making.

The closing date for applications is 9:00am (BST) on Monday 12th April.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity further or have any questions about the role, please contact Ilona Motyer at or +44 20 7340 6220.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students, and welcomes applications from all backgrounds and sections of society. The University of Sussex is committed to promoting equality and diversity, and providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all, as well as hiring applicants based solely on the basis of their ability and potential.

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