Head of Schools & University Engagement

The Ashmolean Head of Schools & University Engagement is a key leadership role in the Audiences & Content Directorate, that leads on the strategic development and delivery of engagement and programming (online and onsite) for learners in formal education, for educators and for the Collegiate University of our Oxford community.

The postholder will increase reach and reputation within the schools’ community in Oxfordshire and across the UK, providing a variety of programmes and resources for schools that are ambitious, innovative and meet their everchanging needs. The postholder will also increase the visibility of the collegiate University in the Ashmolean and that of the Ashmolean within the Collegiate University.

You will develop and implement a data-driven approach to school and university engagement programmes, and revenue generation with greater focus on audience insight. You will review all formal learning projects and programmes to ensure they are optimised for audience needs and motivation, in line with audience development plan and income –generating targets. You will ensure that the collegiate University is visible in the Ashmolean and that the Ashmolean is visible in the collegiate University.
This is a permanent, full-time post, working 37.5 hours per week. You will be based in the office during term times, with the possibility to work from home 1-2 days per week during school holidays.

About You

  • You will have experience of developing and delivering formal learning (pre-schoolers to sixth form) and university engagement (including students and University and College employees) in a cultural organisation and sound knowledge of current pedagogical and museological, thinking & best practise within the cultural sector.
  • You will have demonstrable experience of management, including strategic planning and reporting, project management skills and experience, budget management and reporting and line management, mentoring or coaching of staff and freelancers.
  • You will be proactive, collaborative, self-motivated and solutions-focused with the ability to respond creatively, and with humour, to challenges and to lead through change.

As an employer, the University of Oxford genuinely cares about employees wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that they offer including:

  • An excellent contributory pension scheme
  • 38 days of annual leave
  • A comprehensive range of childcare services
  • Family leave schemes
  • Cycle loan scheme
  • Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

More information is available at https://hr.admin.ox.ac.uk/staff-benefits

The University of Oxford’s staff and students come from all over the world, and they proudly promote a friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged, through diverse groups and champions, as well as a number of family-friendly policies, such as the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example, shared parental leave.

How to apply
You will be required to upload your CV (max 2 sides of A4) and a supporting statement (max 2 sides of A4) as part of your online application. Your supporting evidence form should list each of the essential and desirable selection criteria, as listed in the job description, and explain how you meet each one. CVs alone will not be considered.

The Ashmolean aims to provide a supportive working environment and are happy to discuss training and professional development opportunities. The Chair of this recruitment panel will be Gina Koutsika, Director of Audiences & Content who can be contacted with enquiries relating to the role (through Carmen Denia carmen.denia@ashmus.ox.ac.uk). General queries about the recruitment and application process should be directed to the Recruitment team within the Human Resources department (recruitment@glam.ox.ac.uk).

Only applications received online by 12:00 midday Friday 26 July 2024 can be considered. Interviews are expected to take place on Friday 9 August 2024 via Teams.