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Institute Administrator

Salary: £29,301-£38,183.

The Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) wishes to appoint a suitably qualified and motivated individual to the key post of Institute Administrator. The successful applicant will take up the appointment from July 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The role holder is the main administrative contact for the Institute and between the Institute and the Department of Geography (of which SPRI is a sub-Department), the School of Physical Sciences office and other parts of the wider University on a range of administrative matters. S/he works closely with, and on behalf of, the Director in delivering the strategic objectives of the Institute, and takes primary responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the Institute's premises, support staffing, finances and business practices. S/he manages the Institute's generalist administrative staff and works in collaboration with the Institute's Librarian and the Curator of the Polar Museum, and with the Department Administrator in the Department of Geography.

The successful candidate will have good communication and organisational skills, with proven ability to work proactively across a variety of areas of responsibility; to work flexibly and prioritize appropriately; and to work under pressure and to deadlines when required. They must be able to work as part of a team, as well as providing clear leadership, with the ability to interpret, adapt and implement detailed policies and procedures and to communicate them effectively to staff and others. They will have prior experience in a senior administrative role, and of resource management, including staffing and budgets.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button on the University's jobs site page. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please provide a curriculum vitae and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. In the covering letter, you are encouraged to explain how your knowledge, skills and experience match those required for this role. Full contact details of two referees are required. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates are expected to take place in Cambridge on the afternoon of 26 June 2017.

Please quote reference LD12067 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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