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Director of Strategic Change

Directorate of Planning and Risk
75,000 - 105,000
Senior Management
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Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
Based at
University of York campus (with some remote working options available)
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Role Description

The University of York is going through a period of exciting change.  Under the direction of our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charlie Jeffery we have launched our new University Vision (A University for Public Good). To support this new vision, we are undertaking a series of institutional change programmes to deliver the strategic change required to achieve our aspirations for the institution. Working with senior colleagues and key stakeholders across the institution, the new Director will ensure the delivery of the change programmes that will underpin the success of our vision.

The Role
As Director of Strategic Change, your role will be to work in partnership with the University’s Executive Board, academic heads and colleagues across a range of professional services to ensure the delivery of the strategic change programme. As an architect of change for the organisation, you will manage the evolution of the Programme Management Office (PMO) to develop a sustainable, robust governance framework to support the delivery of our strategic programmes and other large-scale projects. You will act as an agent for change, engaging and fostering close collaborations with key stakeholders across the institution.

Key requirements:

  • Degree and professional qualification, or equivalent experience
  • Experience of driving major change programmes in a large complex organisation and of working at strategic and operational level
  • Experience of providing motivation, inspiration, direction and breadth of vision
  • Extensive project management experience
  • Excellent communications skills (the ability to influence and engage others, including senior colleagues)
  • Substantial budgets/funding/resources management experience
  • Actively champions respect, inclusivity, equality and diversity

We particularly welcome applications from female candidates, and candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds, who are under-represented at senior management roles in the institution. #EqualityatYork

Informal enquiries may be directed to Paul Ellison ( ​HR Recruitment Adviser.

Closing date:  29/08/2022
Interview date: 21/09/2022

Why York
A vibrant community of academics, students and professionals, the University of York is a world-class institution with a reputation for excellent interdisciplinary research and outstanding teaching and learning. Our founding commitment was to be a university for public good, we are now embarking on an inspiring new 10 year strategy that will deliver this vision. 

As an employer, we offer a range of excellent benefits and family friendly policies. We function in a hybrid manager with colleagues working flexibly between home and campus (subject to the requirements of their role).

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.