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Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom, £ 40322 - 49553 per year (37 hours per week) (0.8 FTE until August 2021), Permanent



We are at an exciting point in the evolution of both the University and the Human Resources and Organisational Development Department (HR&OD) as we continue to take forward both our University 2015-2022 Strategic Framework and our People Strategy. HR & OD has a key role to play in working alongside our most senior managers in the Senior Management Team, Directors and Heads of School to support the realisation of our strategic aims with the provision of the right advice, information and services in line with business needs. We work across the University community to deliver a positive working environment that supports an excellent student experience, aiming to ensure that the potential of all staff is realised and our working culture is in line with our values and position as an employer of choice.  With 83% of our 1,800 core staff recommending us as ‘a good place to work’ we are on the right track but have more to do and deliver on to ensure we are working together to secure an inclusive and sustainable future for the University.

The Role

Reporting to the Head of People, Culture and Inclusion, the purpose of the role is to improve our approach to and management of diversity and inclusion strategies and programmes.  You will work with our university community to support us becoming a more inclusive employer, increasing the diversity of our workforce, alongside the growing diversity of our students.  You will support colleagues across the university to work towards achieving equal outcomes for all our students and will provide strong leadership, championing diversity and inclusion and proactively influencing the culture of the organisation.  Maintaining positive relationships with staff and students across the university, as well as stakeholders in our community, will be critical to the success of the role.  You will lead and be accountable for the EDI team, ensuring the delivery of the team’s strategic and business plan, supporting development and promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment.

The Person

You will be degree qualified (or equivalent standard) with a minimum of 3 years’ experience of working in the equalities field.  Detailed up-to-date knowledge and understanding of diversity and inclusion issues, with significant senior level experience of designing, delivering and evaluating effective diversity and inclusion activities is essential.  Sound persuasion and influencing skills to foster and maintain key relationships, including with a range of stakeholders, will be a pre-requisite for the successful candidate. You will need personal and professional credibility to be able to challenge established assumptions and ways of working and to make a valuable contribution to developing inclusive behaviours and working practices for students and staff.

Additional Information

Following the introduction of a number of measures at the University in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will be recruited on a part-time, 0.8fte basis until August 2021, at which point it is anticipated the post-holder will be offered the opportunity to increase their working hours to full-time / 37 hours per week.  Salary for the first year will be on a pro-rata basis to a full-time equivalent of £40,322-£49,553. 

The University will be regularly reviewing this policy and, dependent on the University’s financial position at these points, it may be possible to reduce or withdraw the measures at these points and in agreement with the Governing Body

We particularly welcome applicants from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates and women, as these groups are underrepresented at senior leadership levels in Higher Education.

Start date for applications: 15th July 2020
Closing date for applications:10th August 2020
Interviews are to be held: w/c 31st August 2020

How to apply

To apply online, please click the ‘Apply for this job’ button below.  To gain further details about this post please visit our Vacancies pagewww.canterbury.ac.uk

Please note, Canterbury Christ Church University reserve the right to bring the closing date of this position forward where a high volume of applications are received

Please note applications must be made online via the University website; details sent directly via email cannot be considered.

Prior consideration will be given to applicants in the University’s redeployment pool. No agencies, thank you.

Job Details

Full Time
Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
£ 40322 - 49553 per year, (37 hours per week) (0.8 FTE until August 2021)