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Centre Director - Stockholm Environment Institute at York (SEI-Y)

Stockholm Environment Institute at York
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Role Description

The York Centre of the Stockholm Environment Institute is seeking a new Centre Director.

SEI York is one of eight centres of the globally renowned Stockholm Environment Institute, which  building on a reputation for excellence established over its 30 year history - remains at the forefront of international sustainable development research.

The Role
As Director you will be responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the Centre, working closely with leadership teams at SEI HQ (based in Stockholm) and the University of York to support the development and growth of the Centre. Management and leadership duties will encompass roughly half of your role, 50% remaining to develop your research; securing ambitious, high value grants that generate real-world impact. You will act as an ambassador for the work of SEI York, supporting, inspiring and mentoring other colleagues in the delivery of their research objectives and career development. 

You will be supported in this role by the Deputy Director and Executive Assistant, alongside the Centre Management Team and Research Committee.

Key Requirements

  • PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant academic discipline­
  • Leadership experience in a significant management role with responsibility for staff and research activity
  • An ability to engage in external activities with individuals and organisations at national and international level
  • Proven experience of attracting and obtaining significant external research funding
  • Experience of liaising with a range of stakeholders, including non- academic partners and other external organisations
  • Demonstrable capacity for strategic thinking and planning
  • Ability to influence and inspire staff and drive a culture of commitment, innovation and engagement that leads to delivery of successful outcomes

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Brian Fulton (

Closing Date: 05/01/2020
Interview Date: 29/01/2020

Salary: Commensurate with academic level of appointment. (see candidate brief for further details)
Senior Research Fellow = £51,034 - £59,135 / Reader = £51,034 - £62,727 / Professor = From £64,986

About SEI
SEI conducts a comprehensive research, consulting and training programme which focuses on the links between the ecological, social and economic systems at global, regional and national and local levels. SEI was ranked as the world's most influential think tank on environmental policy in the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank Index. For more detailed about the breadth and impact of our work, please refer to: and

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