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Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Planning


The University of Cambridge is one of the world's leading universities, with an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and achievement. Its success is built on a long history of research and teaching at the highest level within its distinctive collegiate structure.

The University wishes to appoint a Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Strategy and Planning. With the recent appointment of a CFO who has responsibility for financial planning and sustainability, the University is seeking a senior academic leader whose primary responsibility is to promote and develop the academic strength of the University now and into the future. This is to ensure that there is a strong academic voice at the centre of the University's financial planning and budgeting.

The successful candidate will have a record of high achievement as a leader of an academic community (for example a department or faculty or research institute), significant both in size and international standing, and experience in complex resource allocations. The individual will have a proven ability to develop and implement academic strategies in an environment where authority is derived from influence and persuasion, together with a deep understanding of the collegiate University and how to work effectively within it. The successful candidate will have an outstanding record of personal academic achievement and will have strong experience working collaboratively with administrative colleagues.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellorship will be tenable for a period of up to three years in the first instance from 1 August 2018. The position is open to external and internal candidates, although preference will be given to individuals with a strong connection to the collegiate University. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor will be appointed at no less than 80% FTE.

We particularly welcome applications from members of groups that are under-represented at this level in the University.

Expressions of interest, including a curriculum vitae and covering letter, and nominations, should be sent to the Vice-Chancellor, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge CB2 1TN, VCO.Enquiries@admin.cam.ac.uk, by 9 March 2018. Further information may be obtained from the Vice-Chancellor's Office (VCO.Enquiries@admin.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference AE14780 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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