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Assistant Director, Head of Careers and Employability Service

Academic Services
£51,630 - £58,089
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Closing Date: 
17 December, 2018 - 12:00

Careers and Employability

Based in The Open University’s Milton Keynes or Nottingham Office

This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in overseeing the development and delivery of careers and employability services to Open University students and alumni. As the Assistant Director, Head of Careers and Employability Service, you will provide leadership to a team of approximately 50 staff in six locations across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales providing front-line careers service to students and alumni of the Open University (OU). The role holder will work in partnership with other key stakeholders building and maintaining relationships across the OU to ensure an integrated approach to services. They will be the recognised professional lead for the OU on best practices in Careers and Employability.

Reporting directly to the Director, Access, Careers, and Teaching Support (ACTS), the Assistant Director, Head of Careers and Employability will contribute to the development and implementation of the University’s employability strategy; lead the vision, planning, development and execution of CES strategies; evaluate and analyse university performance in Careers and Employability Services; contribute to the development of the unit business plans; engage and influence the wider development of  UK policy practice in areas relating to student employability.

You will have experience of the higher education sector in the UK and international context, specifically in the field of careers education or employability and personal development planning. It is essential you hold a professional qualification in Careers Guidance or a relevant higher qualification.

Based either in our Milton Keynes or Nottingham office, there is an expectation of a degree of flexibility as frequent travel to other University locations will be required.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete the long application form.  A covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4, detailing how you meet the person specification is also required.

Interview date:    28 January 2019

An application form and job related information are available from the links located below.  Hard copies and access details for disabled applicants are available from the Recruitment Co-ordinator by email (on the link above), quoting the reference number

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community

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Posting Date: 
26 November, 2018 - 09:00