Director of College Administration

Vacancy ID: 8346
Main Location: CSM - King's Cross, London UK
Hours: 37
Contract: Permanent
Salary: circa £70,000 pa
Closing date: July 21, 2022 10:55 pm

The role

Working closely with the Pro Vice-Chancellor/Head of College, the Director of College Administration is responsible for the provision of high level strategic and policy advice, for the effective and efficient use of resources, and the overseeing of operations in the College in relation to the College’s strategic and academic priorities.

Strategic thinking and strong operational delivery ability will certainly be important as you lead professional services here at Central Saint Martins. But what will really make the difference is your way with people. From the collaborative relationships you forge with senior staff, to the inspirational approach you take to leading and developing people, you’ll be recognised for your organisational abilities, enthusiasm and expertise.

As a College, we have a global reputation for responding to changes in art, design, and performance practice in the context of global challenges of social justice and environmental stewardship. Joining our Executive Group and Senior Management Team, you too will need to embrace change and thrive on the challenge to deliver improvements. The ability to strategically and operationally refine services and evolve practices while responding at pace to all manner of day to day matters is what makes this role so stimulating.

Why choose us?

University of the Arts London is the world’s second University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2021. Our diverse and talented community comprises over 5,000 academic, professional, and technical staff. Together we are committed to social purpose. This includes creating a better a more sustainable world and championing race equality.  

We offer highly creative working environments that inspire staff across all areas to fulfil their potential and continuous training to further develop their skills and expertise. We also offer hybrid and flexible working practices, and excellent staff benefits to improve your work life balance.  

Your Profile

You will have extensive experience of leading administration and operational delivery in a complex environment, probably but not essentially, in a higher education environment.

Thinking ahead while making a difference in the here and now, you’ll drive forward Central Saint Martins’ strategic vision while maintaining outstanding operational delivery. You’ll be instrumental to ensuring positive experiences for staff and students alike. Our most senior leaders will rely on your leadership and guidance for the effective and efficient use of resources in this high profile role. You will ensure professional services and the people who deliver them keep moving forward by developing and communicating service expectations, operating models, values and behaviours – and you’ll do it all at a challenging but exciting time in the higher education sector.

Whether your senior management experience is in the education or another sector, you’ll bring to the role a considerable track record – managing resources, operations and budgets, and leading and developing high performing teams. Highly organised, strategic and methodical, you are also flexible, calm and resilient.

UAL is committed to addressing the under-representation of staff from Black and Minority Ethnic communities, using our student profile as a reference point.

In return, University of the Arts London offers generous leave, an attractive salary and pension plus a commitment to your continuing personal development and training in an environment that encourages excellence, creativity, and diversity. If you have any queries about the recruitment process, please contact the CSM Resourcing Team on: 0207 514 7885 or

If you would like more details of the role, you may contact the College Planning and Continuous Improvement Manager Kate Wood Hill on

UAL is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Candidates are advised to submit applications early.

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