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Pro-Director Faculty Development

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Appointment of Pro-Director Faculty Development


Salary is competitive and no less than £144,427



“For the betterment of society”


The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world, ranked second globally for social sciences by the 2016/2017 QS World Rankings and achieving the highest proportion of 4* research of all UK Universities. With 18 Nobel Prize winners and 37 past or present heads of state among its diverse community of alumni, LSE is a truly influential and international university at the forefront of global policy debate. An LSE education provides students with a research-led, disciplinary and interdisciplinary experience, encouraging learners to engage critically with their subjects and real-world challenges, thus equipping them professionally and personally for the work into which they will graduate.


We are now seeking an experienced leader to take up the role of Pro-Director Faculty Development who is a member of the School Management Committee, LSE’s executive senior management board. The Pro-Director (equivalent to a Pro-Vice Chancellor) will provide academic leadership to ensure the achievement of the School’s strategic goals in developing a world class faculty to lead on teaching and research excellence.  The current post-holder is due to be in post until 31 August 2020 at which point the successful candidate will take over full responsibilities. This is a key role and to ensure stability and consistency of the operation a period of learning, shadowing and orientation into the role will assist the new incumbent.


This is an exciting and significant time to be joining the School, with the approaching Research Excellence Framework submission as well as the implementation of the Knowledge Excellence Framework, for which this post-holder will be responsible for having a strategic and operational input. 


Candidates must have a track record in providing leadership and the ability to command respect in the School community on issues relating to recruitment, review, promotion, retention and pay. They must be an established Professor with a PhD in an academic institution and have an outstanding international reputation in their academic field. Excellent written and oral communications skills are essential to the role, as well as the ability to offer creative solutions to the various challenges faced by the School.


The other criteria that will be used when shortlisting for this post can be found on the person specification, which is attached to this vacancy on the LSE’s online recruitment system.


The role is for a five-year term. Depending on the successful candidate’s academic profile, it is possible that they may become a member of the faculty in one of LSE’s Departments on completion of this role.


In addition to a competitive salary the benefits that come with this job include an occupational pension scheme, research leave (sabbatical) entitlement, a collegial faculty environment and excellent support, training and development opportunities. In cases where this becomes necessary, the post could attract a significant market supplement which reflects current market conditions.


For further information about the post, please see the how to apply document, job description and the person specification.


To apply for this post, please go to www.lse.ac.uk/LSEJobs. Applications should consist of a CV accompanied by a brief covering letter addressing the criteria in the person specification and indicating why the post is of interest.


If you have any technical queries with applying on the online system, please use the “contact us” links at the bottom of the LSE Jobs page. Should you have any queries about the role, please email the Director of Human Resources, Indi Seehra: (I.Seehra@lse.ac.uk).


The closing date for receipt of applications is 31 October 2019 (23.59 UK time). Regrettably, we are unable to accept any late applications.