University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Head of Human Resources and Deputy Administrator

Head of Human Resources and Deputy Administrator

Department for Continuing Education, Rewley House, Wellington Square, central Oxford

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE) is seeking to appoint a Head of Human Resources and Deputy Administrator. This is a pivotal role within our Department, where you will have the opportunity to shape and drive our HR strategy, support our people, and contribute to the achievement of our ambitious goals

About the role

As the Head of Human Resources and Deputy Administrator, you will lead a team of dedicated professionals to ensure that our Department delivers best- practice HR services in line with University policy and UK law. You will be responsible for both the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of our HR function, providing leadership, guidance, and support across all areas of HR management. Additionally, you will serve as a key advisor to our Director of Finance and Administration assisting with various responsibilities including academic administration, financial systems, and strategic initiatives.

In this role, you will lead the development and implementation of HR practices, policies, and systems, aligning them with departmental and University objectives. You will oversee the activities of the HR team, manage senior academic appointments, and ensure the effective use of IT in personnel systems. You will also provide mediation and guidance on complex employee relations issues, acting as a point of contact for personnel and welfare matters. You will also be responsible for some building and facilities matters, such as optimising space usage, health and safety and building emergencies.

This is a full-time position, available on a permanent contract.

About you

You will be educated to degree level and be CIPD qualified to at least Level 5, or (for either or both) have equivalent professional experience. You will also have previous experience as a senior HR Manager in a relevant sector. You will be a strategic thinker, able to analyse complex issues and provide solutions to these. As the leader of the HR team at OUDCE, you will have a proven ability to lead, motivate and manage individuals whilst also having excellent interpersonal, advocacy, persuasion and influencing skills.

You may also, though not necessarily, be CIPD qualified to Level 7 and have advanced working knowledge of PeopleXD (the University's HR information system) and the University itself, as well as its policies and procedures.

About us

OUDCE provides opportunities for people from a wide variety of backgrounds to benefit from the University's rich and unique resources. We are ambitious and forward-thinking, with a strong sense of identity and community. Our mission is to inspire people locally, nationally and globally by extending access to Oxford's world-class teaching and resources through flexible and inclusive opportunities for study and research.

Colleagues uphold the uphold the Mission, Vision and Values of the Department and actively promote a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion.

What we offer

Your happiness and wellbeing at work matter to us, so we offer a range of family friendly and financial benefits including:

• An excellent contributory pension scheme

• 38 days' annual leave

• A comprehensive range of childcare services

• Family leave schemes

• Cycle loan scheme

• Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs

• Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

Application process

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

To make informal enquiries about the post please contact [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 19 April 2024.

Bring your expertise to the University of Oxford and be a part of a community that values creativity, diversity, and excellence.

The University of Oxford is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals regardless of their background.

Contact Person : Recruitment Administrator Vacancy ID : 171953 Contact Phone : 01865 280152 Closing Date & Time : 19-Apr-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 9 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £52,815 - £61,198 per annum

Job details


Head of Human Resources and Deputy Administrator


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


March 29, 2024

Application deadline

April 19, 2024

Job type



Business and Economics,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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