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Director of Campus Life and Wellbeing

Student and Academic Services
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
57,000 - 78,000 a year
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Role Description

At York we aim to ensure students have an environment in which they can optimise their academic and personal potential. Our structures and services should enhance the students’ experience and support their academic endeavour, but most of all we want our students to enjoy their time at York. The purpose of this newly created role is to provide leadership to the services that support all aspects of student life and wellbeing. We have created this position in recognition of the increasing complexity of campus life, and the need for tight coordination between the various services that support students, ensuring that they can make the most of their university experience.

The Role
You will have overall strategic leadership for the campus life and wellbeing portfolio and for all of the teams that contribute to campus life and student pastoral support. This includes all students at all levels of study who are on or off campus, online, or on a placement. You will also provide strategic support for the university mental health strategy, providing a focal point for bringing together academic and professional services stakeholders.

To ensure York’s approaches to campus life, pastoral support and wellbeing continue to be a key institutional strength and at the forefront of provision and service.

Key Requirements:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the current issues related to student wellbeing, with a particular focus on higher education
  • A comprehensive understanding of the relevant legislative frameworks surrounding Mental Health, Safeguarding, and other statutory duties
  • An ability to engage colleagues from other areas of the University in the pursuit of the University’s strategies in relation to the student experience and wellbeing
  • Proven record in effectively leading and managing a large and diverse team
  • Significant experience of managing and developing a broad range of pastoral services, in a large and complex organisation
  • Demonstrable experience of policy development and subsequent delivery of a change in service provision across a complex institution

Salary £57,000 - £78,000 a year (senior management grade 9) plus excellent benefits.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Paul Ellison, Recruitment Adviser (

Closing Date: 10 May 2018
Interview Date:  4 June 2018

Why York
The University of York is a highly successful institution with a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching. A member of the prestigious Russell Group, we are a dynamic, research-intensive university and have experienced significant growth over the past ten years. Based on the edge of the historic city of York, our colleges are set in an attractive landscaped campus.

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

      Athena Swan Bronze               

A place where we can ALL be ourselves #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.