Director’s Office Manager

Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 23rd Nov 2021
  • Salary: £45,610 - £53,757 per annum
  • REF: 1880680
  • Closes: 09th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is a department within UCL and part of The Bartlett faculty, known internationally for its radical thinking about space, design and sustainability. The work of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is influencing global policy decisions and creating new policy collaborations to deliver public value-driven innovations.

UCLs Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) is seeking a Director’s Office Manager. The post holder will work in partnership with the Acting Chief of Staff/Global Engagement Manager, Institute Manager and Deputy Director to ensure the IIPP Director is involved in and informed of all aspects of the wider business of the Institute as appropriate.

The post holder will line manage the Directors Office team, division of labour and systems (including for diary management, information management, and project management), to ensure that: the Director is prepared for all meetings, events, media engagement, etc.; the Directors time is appropriately prioritised; the Director is apprised of key developments on priority initiatives and projects and able to effectively engage with these projects and initiatives; and the Directors activities are communicated out to IIPP and external audiences appropriately.

This appointment is available from November 2021 to August 2022, covering for a maternity leave.

Key Requirements

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in a similar role. It requires high levels of personal credibility, discretion and resilience, as well as a flair for collaboration, planning and switching between the big picture and the details of a pressing issue. It also requires a strong commitment to accountability, for the individual to act independently and an ability to make informed judgements on prioritisation and delivery.

The position presents an excellent opportunity to support an exciting and innovative institute with high profile academics and international collaborators.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

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We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

9 Dec 2021

Latest time for the submission of applications


Interview date

w/c 20 Dec 2021

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