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Head of Social Science

Closing date for applications: 22 September 2017

Job Description

Head of Social Science and Humanities will provide the leadership and vision to deliver excellent student outcomes; quality assurance and enhancement that is commended by the QAA; and curriculum innovation which embeds strong collaborative working with both the University and the network.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and supporting the academic team of Social Science and Humanities. Reporting to the Assistant Director Curriculum and Progression, you will work closely with senior colleagues within and outside of the College and be accountable for the delivery of contractually required progression rates to the University.

The successful candidate will have recent successful line academic management experience in Social Science and have proven ability to engage with external stakeholders in collaborative developments.

Location: Sheffield

Contract Type: Full Time, Permanent


  • Commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship
  • High standards of integrity and honesty to facilitate leadership by example
  • Strong planning, development and implementation skills
  • Willingness to take balanced risks and be accountable for the outcomes.
  • Action orientated with close attention to detail and follow through
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Selection Criteria


  • Bachelor degree and a post graduate qualification

Experience Required

  • Experience of providing leadership in a complex multi-disciplinary environment, with evidence of success.
  • Experience of delivering outstanding Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Social Science at Level 3 and Level 6.
  • Experience of Curriculum development.
  • Experience of providing feedback to another person about their performance, which achieved a positive improvement.
  • Experience of HR duties, such as delivering training and taking part in the recruitment process.
  • Ability to delegate activities. set deadlines, and take responsibility for overseeing their successful completion to meet challenging deadlines.
  • Experience of successfully leading on internal communication, which includes disseminating complex messages or changes to operations.
  • Experience of working with students and an understanding of welfare, well-being and cultural issues which may arise.
  • Experience of data management and interpretation, and quality assurance.
  • Experience of working across, up and down an organisation as well as with external partners and both national and international stakeholders.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong team-working skills and experience of team development.
  • Knowledge of the needs of international students.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate issues to a wide audience.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work under pressure to deadlines
  • Sound IT skills including MS Office and MS Excel and experience of working with databases.
  • Strong relationship management skills and experience of working across, up and down an organisation as well as with external partners and stakeholders
  • A working knowledge of international admissions activity in UK Higher Education
  • A high level of emotional intelligence including: patience and perseverance, good listening skills and empathy, and an ability to stay calm and manage challenging situations firmly and fairly 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including a pleasant and professional manner

Organisational Compliance

Study Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students, and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the role, including checks with past employers, an Enhanced Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and overseas criminal records if appropriate.


Please send a completed application form to Alex Adams, Project Recruitment Consultant. 

Application deadline 22 September 2017