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Institute Administrator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Salary: £22,659-£26,243 pro rata.

The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) was set up in 2013, to support interdisciplinary, cross-Departmental research on biodiversity conservation, and the social context within which humans engage with nature. It includes researchers based in all six Schools of the University, and works closely with the University's external partners as part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), based in the David Attenborough Building. UCCRI's activities aim to enhance the effectiveness of existing University Departments and Schools by providing opportunities for research leaders and early career scholars to engage in collaboration and dialogue. UCCRI has been established as a University of Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) from November 2016. UCCRI is currently hosted by the Department of Geography, which provides administrative support to the Institute.

This role is to work with the Director and Research and Communications Coordinator to provide administrative support for the Institute. This is an exciting and varied role that would suit an individual with knowledge and an understanding of the University's administrative procedures, and experience of providing support in an interdisciplinary academic environment. The role will involve close coordination with colleagues in the host department (the Department of Geography), as well as staff in the CCI Executive Director's Office, and those responsible for delivery of services in the David Attenborough Building. The role holder should have the aptitude to understand and follow established processes, as well as providing input into designing new ones, with the aim of ensuring that the daily operations of the Institute run smoothly.

The successful applicant should be educated to degree level or have equivalent relevant experience and have good IT skills in MS Office (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint). They should have experience of administration in an interdisciplinary academic environment, including managing communications and IT resources, content management for websites, as well as some experience of financial procedures, ideally within a higher education environment. They will have outstanding organisational skills and the ability to work flexibly and supportively as part of a team, and be able to work without direct supervision and prioritise their own workload. They should posses a pro-active attitude, with a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work to tight deadlines. Applicants should review the further particulars for information on all essential criteria.

Fixed-term: The post is part-time with a working week of 22 hours. The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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 quote reference LC17549 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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