Head of SOAS Careers Service
London Senate House

Job reference: 002140

Location: London Senate House

Closing date: 27/09/2022

Salary: Set by negotiation

Employment type: Open ended

Department: The Careers Group

Sub-Department: SOAS

Hours per week: 35 hours per week

SOAS Careers is a small, dynamic careers service supporting the 5000+ students at this unique institution. SOAS is a member of the federation of the University of London, and SOAS Careers is a member service of The Careers Group. This role is employed by the University of London on behalf of SOAS to lead and manage SOAS Careers.

SOAS Careers combines diverse approaches to student careers education across advice and guidance, digital content and experiential opportunities with ever-increasing curriculum presence and academic partnership. The SOAS Graduate Attributes profile provides a common language for all SOAS departments and SOAS Careers is a leading user of careers registration data in ensuring that service delivery is targeted meaningfully and effectively to support students towards graduating with a career plan.

This is a full time permanent role, based at SOAS in the Bloomsbury district of London. Salaries for senior roles in The Careers Group are set by negotiation, and will be offered subject to the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

An overview of The Careers Group

The Careers Group of the University of London is an expertise-led, collaborative membership organisation, set up to serve predominantly, but not exclusively, the member institutions of the University of London. The Group comprises the careers services of:

•    City, University London
•    Goldsmiths, University of London
•    King’s College London 
•    St Mary’s University
•    SOAS
•    University College London
•    The University of London Careers Service 

The University of London Careers Service supports both distance and flexible learning students, and those at small specialist colleges in the University’s federation including the Courtauld, Royal Veterinary College, St George’s Medical School, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the School of Advanced Study. It also provides careers provision to the Institute of Cancer Research, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and the London Arts & Humanities Partnership. 

All The Careers Group institutional services are closely aligned to the strategies for education, employability, enterprise and  student experience of the institutions that they serve. This means that staff will partner with academics, professional services colleagues and students on creation and delivery of key initiatives that support the future outcomes of students. The group has over 250 staff and serves a population well in excess of 150,000 students, researchers and graduates. 

The Group HQ is at Stewart House and contains the Director's office and a small central team, which supports the institutional services by coordinating recruitment and resourcing, providing professional development, supporting research and evidence-based practice, overseeing the creation and curation of shared resources, and undertaking special projects on behalf of member services and the Group as a whole. Stewart House is also the base for the University of London Careers Service.

In October 2020, The Careers Group began implementation of a new action plan for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, shaped by external expertise in inclusion, social justice and anti-racism, and led by the Director of The Careers Group, Dr Kate Daubney. This plan takes both a collective and individual approach to reviewing learning and practice in equality and diversity, striving to improve our understanding of the differences in and the impacts of lived experience both across our staff community and among our students and other partners. We are seeking to address structural inequality and obstacles to progression in our organisation through a range of actions including: establishing an internal Advisory Panel of staff of diverse heritage to inform the Group’s strategic priorities; reviewing our manager progression processes, experiences and data; and embedding approaches to building and maintaining safe spaces for all.

From October 2022, The Careers Group will offer a unique new postgraduate online learning module: Strategic Approaches to Careers and Employability in Higher Education. This module will be offered as part of The University of London’s Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. The module has been designed for global higher education colleagues with responsibility for or an interest in careers and employability strategy.

Further information

For more information on the role, please read the Job Description and Job Pack attached. For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Kate Daubney, Director of The Careers Group by email at kate.daubney@careers.lon.ac.uk.

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your application by clicking ‘Apply for job’ at the bottom of this page before the closing date at midnight on Tuesday 27 September 2022.

The interview process will involve a panel interview and an opportunity to interact with the SOAS Careers team. This will take place on Wednesday 19 October 2022. Candidates should make sure that they are available for that date. All interview activities will be conducted in person at SOAS in Bloomsbury, London. Invitations to interview will be sent to candidates in the week commencing 3 October 2022.

If shortlisted, please notify us on tcg.hr@london.ac.uk before booking an interview if you are likely to incur travel expenses as part of your involvement in our selection process, as we will only cover these if agreed in advance.

We look forward to receiving your application.

The University of London is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive working environment where we can all be ourselves and succeed. We particularly encourage applications from members of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities as this group is currently under-represented in senior levels within the University. All appointments will be made on merit, based on the criteria identified in the job description.

Pursuing excellence in education and equal opportunities. 



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