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Chief Operating Officer

Vice Chancellor's Department
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
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Interview Date
15 December 2020
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Role Description

The University of York exists for public good. Enquiring minds, inspirational teaching, pioneering research, global ambition, local commitment and social purpose are the foundations which underpin that commitment at the University of York.

We are a high-performing Russell Group university where talented students, inspiring lecturers and world-class researchers thrive. We provide exceptional learning experiences that stay with our students for the rest of their lives, enabling them to flourish within and beyond their studies. Since our foundation in 1963, York’s focus on academic excellence has resulted in a strong reputation across the globe. We were ranked 16th in the Guardian’s Best University UK Universities 2021 League Table, and in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 we were ranked in the Top 40 in the world for Arts and Humanities and in the top 100 for Social Sciences.

We are now looking to appoint an exceptional individual as Chief Operating Officer. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and President, the Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the leadership, development and alignment of the professional support infrastructure at York, comprising Technology, Estates and Facilities, Student and Academic Services, Human Resources, External Relations, Research and Enterprise, Planning and Risk Management, and Legal Services. As a member of the University Executive Board, the Chief Operating Officer will lead institutional change and ensure the University maintains its reputation as a world-class institution for teaching and research.

We are looking for an empowering and collaborative leader with significant experience of senior strategic leadership and the ability to deliver change and complex operational management across multifaceted professional service functions. Candidates will need to demonstrate a passion to deliver the University’s aims and objectives, coupled with an enthusiasm for all that it is seeking to achieve and to role model the University's values in all aspects of the role.

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

For further details, including a job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit, quoting reference 4813. Applications will close at midday GMT on Thursday 29th October 2020.

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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.