St Antony’s College, Oxford invites applications for the post of Bursar. The Bursar is the College’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible to the Warden and Governing Body for the operations of the College and its financial strategy, and providing leadership to the staff of the College. The role supports the Warden and Governing Body in formulating academic, property and investment strategies, ensuring that the College operations continue to develop to support the Governing Body’s priorities, and taking the lead on major projects and legal matters.
St Antony’s College is one of the seven colleges of the University of Oxford, which admit graduate students only. The College specialises in the interdisciplinary study of international relations, economics, politics and history of particular parts of the world. It provides an informal and multi-cultural environment for advanced research and post-graduate education and has become a leading centre for international studies.
The Bursar is a Governing Body Fellow and leads the College’s administration under the direction of the Governing Body. The College has achieved a 50% growth in turnover from conference activities since 2011, and levels of staff, student and customer satisfaction have been increasing. The College estate has increased over the same period and we are currently embarking on a major renovation of the 1970s, listed, Hilda Besse Building.
Working closely with the Warden, the Bursar contributes to the strategic development of the College and directs all business processes, including legal; governance; financial management; student administration and welfare; HR; domestic and accommodation services; property management; libraries, and IT. The College’s IT services are provided through North Oxford Shared College Services Limited and, as a Director, the Bursar is responsible for ensuring that the company complies with all legal requirements and that it meets the needs of all the participant colleges in a cost-effective way. The Bursar attends meetings of Advisory Boards or other committees to report on the finances of the College and any specific funds or programmes, and to advise on financial matters involving the College.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced operations and finance professional who is motivated by a deep commitment to use their experience to support the academic community in St Antony’s College. You will be equally adept and enthused by engaging in strategic decision-making and getting involved in the day-to-day delivery of the operational and finance functions. You will be a proactive team player with an analytical mind and a talent for effectively managing multiple competing priorities. A successful track record of managing diverse operations and finance functions, and translating strategic plans and decisions into operational practice will be essential. You will be able to demonstrate an excellent knowledge of financial planning, management and reporting, along with experience of successfully fulfilling governance and compliance requirements. Professional accountancy qualifications, or other professional qualifications relevant to the role, and experience in Higher Education administration would be desirable.
In return, we offer excellent benefits including 41 days’ annual holiday (including bank/public holidays); membership of the USS pension scheme; membership of a Healthcare Insurance scheme; a housing allowance; a dining allowance, and free meals in College.
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our diverse, intellectual community. The successful candidate will join a strong network of colleagues within the St Antony’s community, across the colleges, and the wider University. St Antony’s College is an equal opportunities employer. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic and other senior posts in Oxford.
Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made by email to the HR Manager, Mrs Alison Marshall, email@example.com
The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 20th November 2019