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Assistant Director (Education and Students Transformation)

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If you’ve a passion for education and student experience, alongside a reputation for delivering high-quality transformation – this is for you.

As Assistant Director (Education and Students Transformation) at Cardiff University, you’ll drive our Way Forward 2018-2023: Education and Students Sub-Strategy. Your focus? To support the University in creating an educationally outstanding and consistently high-quality student experience.

Everything you need is here. The prestige of a Russell Group university. An ongoing £600m campus upgrade – the biggest for a generation. And a diverse community of 30,000+ students, including 7,900 from more than 130 countries.

The role

Salary: starting at £70,000

Location: Cardiff/hybrid

Our entire Education and Student Experience Portfolio will be your responsibility – with an initial £8m budget that’s expected to grow at speed over the coming years.

With a significant team around you, we’ll ask you to develop and deliver a road map of projects aligned to our strategic KPIs. As well as overseeing planning, resourcing financing and benefit delivery; you’ll use your strategic influencing skills to gain buy-in from stakeholders, and support the Pro-Vice Chancellor in sponsoring and leading the overall Portfolio.

The remit requires great communication skills too: whether coordinating dashboards for Steering Boards, reports for the Professional Services Board, University Executive Board and Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

You’ll have the chance to get involved in other education-themed programmes, including HESA Data Futures. And throughout, you’ll enjoy close support from our Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC) Education and Student Experience, Director of the Cardiff Learning and Teaching Academy, and the Academic Registrar.

Candidate Pack - Assistant Director

The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the Pro Vice-Chancellor (PVC) Education and Student Experience, Director of the Cardiff Learning and Teaching Academy and the Academic Registrar in the overall management and delivery of the Education and Student Experience Portfolio.

About you

A relevant first degree or professional qualification is essential. But it’s your hugely impressive change management experience that will mark you out. This is a challenge for a strategic powerhouse used to inspiring major transformational programmes, and expertly handling projects with differing areas of scope, at various stages of their lifecycle.

In terms of stakeholder management, political nous will be crucial. Equally, you’ll have the technical ability to quickly understand the issues, the clarity of thought to define the priorities and gravitas to inspire colleagues and partners across the university community to champion the cause. Higher Education experience is desirable but isn’t a must.

How to apply

Please apply by submitting a copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position no later than midnight Sunday 12 February 2023 by email to:

The assessment process (including interviews) will take place on campus on 9 March 2023. For an informal conversation prior to applying for this role, please contact Steve Brown, Director of Portfolio Services on +44 (0)7790 342989.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a university which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.