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Director of Student Life and Wellbeing

Student and Academic Services
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
Contract status
Competitive Package
Interview Date
11 & 12 January 2022
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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 Role
The Director of Student Life and Wellbeing will provide leadership to the services that support all aspects of student life and wellbeing, ensuring our students can make the most of their university experience.

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, in line with the University Strategy 2030. You will also provide strategic support for implementation of the University’s mental health strategy, providing a focal point for bringing together academic and professional services stakeholders.

Key Requirements:

  • Degree level qualification or equivalent experience 
  • An understanding of the current issues related to student wellbeing in higher education
  • Proven record in effectively leading and managing a large and diverse team
  • Significant experience of managing and developing a broad range of student-facing support services
  • Proactive, with a ‘can do’ attitude and enabling approach to change
  • Highly developed skills in influencing, negotiating, and communicating across a large and complex organisation
  • Demonstrates integrity, openness and honesty with a strong commitment to equality, diversity

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

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

Closing Date: 7 December 2021
Interview Date: 11 & 12 January 2022 (see candidate brief for further details)

Why York
A vibrant community of academics, students and professionals, the University of York is a world-leading 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 ambitious new 10 year strategy that will deliver this vision (University for Public Good).

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.