Job: Case writer, Case Centre on Public Leadership

Grade 8: £41,526 - £49,553 with a discretionary range to £54,131 p.a.

The Blavatnik School of Government seeks an experienced Case Writer to join the award-winning Case Centre on Public Leadership. The Case Centre supports the development and use of teaching cases that simulate real-world public policy challenges to allow students to hone analytical, decision-making and implementation skills. Cases are written to be widely accessible to non-experts, as in journalism, and delve deeply into a given subject matter, as in academia. Yet unlike opinion journalism and academic writing, cases do not offer judgments and conclusions. Instead, they provide narratives of facts and events around key decisions, allowing participants to analyse, debate and draw their own conclusions in participant-centred learning environments.

We are looking for a Case Writer to help develop a culture and practice of case writing at the School. The individual is ideally deeply motivated to improve the practice of government through teaching and has experience managing case projects from start to finish, including working with faculty who may be unfamiliar with the case method.

The work entails project management, document research, interviewing, developing case narratives, and creating exhibits. The selected individual will have excellent organisational, writing and interpersonal skills, and an ability to meet deadlines and to conduct in-depth fact-checking and information searches. The Case Writer will contribute to the production of high-quality case studies which may address potentially contentious or sensitive topics.

You will need a postgraduate degree or equivalent combination of undergraduate degree and relevant experience, as well as: experience developing, managing and writing case studies or similar pedagogical materials; outstanding communications skills with the ability to write and present complex material in a compelling and engaging way; maturity and discretion to engage with very senior practitioners; and the ability to work in both academic and government settings, with experience interviewing senior leaders strongly desirable.

The main duties are to support the development of the case study methodology in the school and to manage the conceptualisation and planning of case writing. This will include setting task objectives, organising and assigning work to other team members and coaching others on the methodology of case writing and teaching.

You will lead in the development and writing of case studies and related materials, guiding and working with academics to translate their research into teaching cases that are applicable to policymakers around the world. This will require taking complex research ideas, concepts and methodologies and applying them to new situations. Additional duties are to manage other case writers or consultants who may assist the case writing team, including contributing to their development; to promote the Case Centre and the School to drive interest in case studies from educators and contributors; and to assist with developing and executing the Case Centre’s strategy.

Whilst the role is a Grade 8 position, we would be willing to consider candidates with potential but less experience who are seeking a development opportunity, for which an initial appointment would be at Grade 7 (£38,017–£40,322 p.a.) with the responsibilities adjusted accordingly. This would be discussed with applicants at interview/appointment where appropriate.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 18 October 2019.

For further details, please consult the job description.

To apply, please visit the University of Oxford website.