About the Blavatnik School of Government

Our vision is of a world better led, a world better served and a world better governed. We are a global school committed to improving the quality of government and public policymaking worldwide, through three routes: teaching current and future leaders; generating research with impact; and engaging with governments and practitioners.

What we offer

The School is a collaborative, friendly, and dynamic department based in an award-winning building in Oxford. We host regular events and talks with well-known guest speakers – all of which are open to staff. On the social side, we have regular coffee/cake mornings for staff, a family-friendly Halloween event, and Christmas and summer parties.

As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees’ wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

  • An excellent contributory pension scheme
  • 38 days’ annual leave
  • Family leave schemes and a comprehensive range of childcare services
  • Cycle loan scheme and discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans
  • Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs
  • Opportunities for remote working.

More information about working at the School can be found on our jobs page.

About The Role

Do you want to see a world better led, better served and better governed? Would you like the opportunity to work with exceptional colleagues, offering essential support to world-class programmes?

The Blavatnik School of Government is looking for an organised, conscientious and flexible Programmes Officer to ensure that our faculty’s teaching is supported by excellent, timely and innovative learning resources. You will be a member of the Programmes Team, which provides administrative support to the delivery of the School’s graduate degree programmes, currently the MPP, MSc in Public Policy Research, and the DPhil in Public Policy.

You will report to the Academic Planning Manager and work with key faculty members and other members of the School to deliver the Blavatnik School of Government’s degree programmes. You will have particular responsibility for organising the digital learning platforms and teaching resources that underpin our degrees and for supporting teaching faculty and guest lecturers.

This is a responsible and pivotal role, requiring the post holder to perform sometimes complex administrative coordination in a time pressured and deadline-controlled environment. In this role, there is a strong emphasis on attention to detail and on working with a wide range of people, within and beyond the School, to produce a high standard of learning resources.

This post is fixed-term until 31 December 2024.

About You

You must be highly organised with excellent attention to detail and accuracy. You should have excellent customer service and communication skills, with a flexible can-do approach and a willingness to adapt to the changing needs and priorities of the team, and the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people, using tact and diplomacy. You are a self-starter, with a systematic, thorough and well-organised approach to work and the ability to work on your own initiative. Strong IT and good numeracy skills are also essential.

Application Process

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, your CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon (UK time) on Thursday 5 October 2023. We anticipate holding interviews on Wednesday 11 October 2023.

To apply for this role, please visit the University website.