University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Impact Development Officer

United Kingdom

Closing soon

Impact Development Officer

Humanities Divisional Office, Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX1 6GG

Contract type

Open-ended (subject to funding)


Full time or Part time (minimum 0.8 FTE)

About the role

The Humanities Division at the University of Oxford is seeking to recruit a positive and proactive knowledge exchange professional to facilitate the development and evidencing of impact emerging from the Division's world-class arts and humanities research. Based in the divisional Impact Team, you will provide the tailored advice and hands-on support necessary to enable academics to realise the wide range of impact potential from their work, demonstrating at all times a commitment to collaboration and continuous improvement. You will be pivotal in building our capacity for impact delivery and will contribute to the Impact Team's aim to embed a robust culture of impact and engagement across the Division's nine faculties.

About you

The successful candidate will have an excellent knowledge and understanding of impact in an academic context, including impact planning, implementation and evaluation. You will also have a keen interest in arts and humanities research and experience of working with stakeholders relevant to the Division's academic disciplines, for example businesses, policymakers, third-sector organisations and creative practitioners.

You will work closely with members of the Impact Team and academics in the relevant Faculties, providing one-to-one guidance and proactive support to researchers, running events focused on partnership building and collaboration, and advising on how to monitor and evaluate impact. You will need exceptional interpersonal and listening skills, a solution-focused outlook and an ability to build trust with academics and professional services colleagues at all levels. This role requires a highly organised and effective team player who can manage multiple projects simultaneously, with a flexible, creative approach and a focus on high-quality service delivery.

If it sounds as though this role could be right for you, please consider joining our friendly and supportive team. We particularly hope to attract applicants from a range of backgrounds and lived experiences which will enhance the diversity of our ideas and perspectives.

The duties and skills required are described in further detail in the job description.

If you have any questions about the role, please email Dr Karen Houghton ([email protected]), Head of Impact.

Application process

For your online application, you will be required to upload your curriculum vitae and a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the selection criteria for the post, using examples of your skills and experience. As part of your application you will be asked to provide details of two referees and indicate whether we can contact them now.

For further details, please refer to the How to apply section of the job description. Any further enquires may be directed to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Wednesday 24 April 2024. Only applications received before this time can be considered.

Shortlisting is expected to take place on 1 May and interviews held on 15 May 2024.

Please quote Vacancy ID 170540 on all correspondence.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

Contact Person : Clive Brown (HR Officer) Vacancy ID : 170540 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 24-Apr-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024 - £44,263 per annum (pro-rata)

Job details


Impact Development Officer


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


March 28, 2024

Application deadline

April 24, 2024

Job type



Computer Science,Business and Economics

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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