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Institute Administrator (Part Time, Fixed Term)


The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) supports interdisciplinary, cross-Departmental research on biodiversity conservation, and the social context within which humans engage with nature. Its coverage is across the collegiate University, and includes researchers based in all six Schools of the University. UCCRI works closely with the University's external partners as part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), based in the David Attenborough Building. UCCRI has been established as a University of Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) from November 2016.

Academic staff, researchers and students associated with UCCRI are linked with Departments and Faculties across all six Schools of the University. UCCRI's Committee of Management determines the general policy and supports the Director in all aspects of work related to the Institute. UCCRI is currently hosted by the Department of Geography, which provides administrative support to the Institute.

UCCRI brings the biological and natural sciences into conversation with the arts, humanities and social sciences, to foster productive - often mutually critical - dialogue between colleagues from across the University. UCCRI's activities are designed with this vision at their centre. They aim to enhance the effectiveness of existing University Departments and Schools by providing opportunities for research leaders and early career scholars to engage in mutually beneficial collaboration and dialogue, focused around the challenges of understanding how humans relate to nature, and to each other, and to consider societal responses to growing vulnerability and environmental change in an increasingly insecure world.

This role is to work with the Director and Research and Communications Coordinator to provide overarching administrative support for the Institute; in due course offering opportunities to be proactively involved in administration related initiatives and projects, and to establish the structures for UCCRI's governance and support. This is an exciting and varied role that would suit an individual with knowledge and an understanding of the University's administrative procedures. As the Institute evolves, the role holder is likely to face new challenges and will have opportunities to develop. The role will involve close coordination with UCCRI's Research and Communications Coordinator and with colleagues in the host department (the Department of Geography), as well as staff in the CCI Executive Director's Office, and those responsible for delivery of services in the David Attenborough Building. The role holder should have the aptitude to understand and follow established processes, as well as providing input into designing new ones, with the aim of ensuring that the daily operations of the Institute run smoothly and the UCCRI occupants in the David Attenborough Building are fully supported in their administrative needs.

The successful applicant should be educated to degree level or have equivalent relevant experience and have good IT skills in MS Office (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint). They should have experience of managing communications and IT resources, including managing content for websites, coupled with financial management experience, ideally within a higher education environment. They will have outstanding organisational skills and the ability to work flexibly and supportively as part of a team as well as working without direct supervision and be able to prioritise their own workload. Applicants should review the further particulars for information on all essential criteria.

Interview date: 13th April 2017

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Please quote reference LC11600 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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