Job: Executive Director – Pathways for Prosperity Commission

Grade 9: £46,336 - £53,691 with a discretionary range to £58,655 p.a.

The Blavatnik School of Government is looking to recruit an outstanding professional with the skill and experience necessary to lead the team charged with delivering the Pathways for Prosperity Commission’s work over the coming 15 months. The Executive Director is the policy and operational lead for the Commission. Their primary responsibility is to ensure the successful delivery of the project: making sure the Commission achieves its research and engagement objectives, and remains on time and on budget.

The Executive Director will become expert in the Commission’s findings and in the policy issues across these areas, shaping the final outputs and identifying opportunities for the Commission’s thought leadership. This position is the link point between the Academic Directors, the co-Chairs, the Commissioners and the Secretariat. The Executive Director will be responsible for facilitating the leadership and implementing the decisions of both Academic Directors, plus overseeing the work of the six person secretariat, including directly line managing the Head of Research and the Head of Communications/Events.

The role also requires significant stakeholder management and engagement. The Executive Director will take primary responsibility for all communications with the commissioners and the co-chairs, maximising their input and engagement with the Commission. S/he will also be responsible for developing relationships with other key external stakeholders, including national governments, multi-lateral agencies, and private sector organisations. The objective of these partnerships is first to inform the Commission’s findings, and second to ensure that the Commission’s ideas gain traction across partner countries and in regional and global forums.

The successful postholder will hold an undergraduate degree in social sciences, international development, public policy or a related discipline. They will have experience of successfully delivering complex, high-profile international development or public policy projects; be a skilled influencer: able to initiate, develop and sustain new professional relationships with key partners through first-rate interpersonal skills and clear, concise oral and written communications; and be able to represent the Commission with the most senior leaders of partner organisations. It would be desirable for the postholder to hold a Master’s degree in social sciences, international development, public policy or a related discipline.

For full details of the post and employee benefits, please refer to the further particulars. Applicants will be required to upload a full curriculum vitae, supporting statement and details of two referees as part of the online application.

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The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon UK time on Friday 5 October 2018. Interviews are likely to be held w/c 15 October 2018. To apply, visit the University of Oxford website.