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King’s College London offers an intellectually stimulating environment, where staff are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning in the service of society. We are a multi-faculty institution, providing high-quality research, education and innovation across the social sciences, humanities, medicine, law, dentistry, and sciences. As a member of the Russell Group, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in research and education. King’s College London is amongst the top 40 universities in the world and top 10 in Europe (THE World University Rankings 2024) and is one of England’s oldest and most prestigious universities. With its main campuses based in the heart of London, King’s has over 40,000 students (including more than 19,000 postgraduates) from some 150 countries, and over 10,000 employees. King’s vision is to make the world a better place through world-leading education, research and service to society. King’s provides highly rated education which enables students to become rounded critical thinkers, set up for success and with the character and wisdom to strive for social change. Through enquiry-driven research, King's delivers transformative insights and solutions that have the power to advance and accelerate global progress. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 exercise, King’s maintained its 6th position for ‘research power’ in the UK, 6th by Quality Index, and was ranked 3rd amongst multi-Faculty universities for impact.

Appointment details

Salary

Competitive

Terms

Closing date for applications:

21 July 2024 23:59

Vacancy ID

089647

The Role

The International School for Government (ISfG) is a transformative initiative for King’s, as set out in King’s Strategic Vision 2029. Since its formation, the scale and scope of the initiative has developed in two important ways. First, the benefits of strategic connection to the Policy Institute, as part of the faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policy, became clear as the skills and focus of the schools are extremely complementary and each will strengthen the other. Second, while digital delivery remains a key aspect of our work, there is clearly demand and benefits in more blended approaches, with significant in-person provision, that takes advantage of our central London location. The new Director will join at an exciting and vital time for this next phase of our strategy, able to build on significant progress and existing high-profile programmes and steer us to being a truly global leader. The Director is the senior member of the International School for Government team and will report into the Director of the Policy Institute. The Director will take a leading role in developing and delivering our vision and strategy, maintaining and developing the existing programmes and developing and winning new open and closed programmes. As a senior member of the Policy Institute the postholder will also be expected to contribute to the strategic direction of the Institute and work closely with the Directors of the other units, to ensure we maximise the impact of the strengths across the units. Through their leadership of a vital unit in the faculty, the Director will also be key to the overarching vision of our home faculty in Social Sciences and Public Policy, and for King’s as a whole. The Director will be able to draw on significant support: an established team of highly skilled and experienced academic colleagues who are delivering the current programme of work; the Director of the Policy Institute as line manager, and the directors of other units in the Policy Institute; the active support of the Executive Dean of SSPP, as this is a key faculty initiative; and an advisory board of senior civil servants and others which is currently being developed, including the identification of an advisory board chair.

Role Profile

Strategy and Planning

• Develop and deliver a coherent vision for the International School for Government (ISfG) that supports Policy Institute, SSPP and King’s strategic visions and priorities. • Develop and deliver new open and closed programmes for UK and international clients, while maintaining and innovating existing programmes. • Provide oversight for education programmes across the Policy Institute units, identifying connections and opportunities and supporting delivery. • Assess market trends and anticipate future needs in public policy education, guiding the ISfG’s long-term strategic direction.

Leadership & Management

• Work closely with the Policy Institute Director to develop the School’s academic strategy, to create and maintain its international profile. • Participate as a member of the Policy Institute’s Leadership Team to support across activities, and with the Head of Administration to effectively manage delivery of its programmes. • Hold primary accountability for the School’s education and research activities, providing regular reports to the Policy Institute and SSPP. • Promote and foster a supportive working and educational environment that delivers equality and inclusiveness. • Support staff development, appraisal and mentorship in line with King’s policy. This role has direct line responsibility for four senior academics, and overall responsibility for the management of all academic staff. This includes the induction, appraisal, training and development of all members of the academic team. • Effectively manage resources, including budgetary oversight, to support the School's academic and operational objectives. • Promote the School across governments, civil services, industry and the private and third sectors around the globe.

Three students walking and chatting on the Strand campus

Business Development

• Foster an entrepreneurial culture that identifies, creates and responds to opportunities for new programmes and activities that support the strategic and financial objectives of ISfG. • Take lead responsibility for responding to new tenders or delivering new programme proposals, working closely with the senior team in ISfG. • Working with business development, support in the identification and generation of leads with governments, NGOs and private sector clients and to support in the relationship building, negotiations and closing of such contracts.

Policy Education & Quality Assurance

• Provide academic programme leadership and direction for the ISfG, including development of the overall strategy. • Build academic partnerships and collaborations in support of this strategy. • Work with Module Leaders from within and outside of King’s to maintain and continue to develop a set of high quality course modules. • Hold overall responsibility for the management of academic quality assurance procedures and programmes offered by the ISfG, including teaching, learning support, assessments and examining, reporting and other assurance activities. • Managing and leading the programme approval process for new educational programmes, including gaining the approval of partner universities where applicable. • Ensure that academic standards are maintained through regular module and programme reviews, ensuring each is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis in line with King’s requirements. Contribute to any external audits as appropriate. • Recruit, oversee and manage a cohort of external examiners to assure the long-term quality and reputation of the ISfG.

Policy Research, Consultancy, and Engagement

• Collaborate across the Policy Institute, the wider SSPP Faculty and with key strategic partners to develop a research agenda that underpins the vision of the ISfG. • Develop partnerships with policy stakeholders to undertake research, evaluations and consultancy projects, where suitable. • Create a supportive environment for research and funding opportunities, identifying opportunities and mapping the School’s funding priorities to generate income and high-quality outputs. • Manage the team of academic staff to deliver high quality and relevant research projects.

Policy Engagement

• Engage meaningfully with policy makers, establishing and developing collaborative links with external policy makers, both nationally and internationally. • Facilitate the creation and maintenance of a diverse range of fora for engagement with policy making communities.

External Relations

• Act as an ambassador for the ISfG actively developing its UK and international academic profile to enhance international recruitment and partnership development. • Develop relationships with key contacts in government, 3rd sector, and civil society to ensure the ISfG meets their professional and executive education needs. • Represent the ISfG, Policy Institute, SSPP and King’s externally, networking and attending key national and international events.

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About King’s

King's College London provides a dynamic habitat for individuals looking to expand their career prospects.

Vision 2029

King's Vision builds upon our history of service to society and takes us to our 200th anniversary in 2029

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Essential Criteria

• A PhD or equivalent in a relevant management/leadership discipline. • A track record of sustained leadership with substantial academic and/or research experience consistent with a senior role. • An entrepreneurial mindset, with proven track record in developing, selling and delivering successful new education programmes. • Understanding of the UK higher education sector and experience of academic management. • An ability to shape existing and emergent academic activities into a coherent and engaging narrative. • Strong networking skills and ability to establish and sustain successful external partnerships. • An in-depth and current understanding of emerging trends in public policy and practice. • Credibility with academic and policy stakeholders in the UK and internationally. • Experience of managing and providing academic leadership to a team of academic staff. • An ability to build and cultivate effective relationships with academic colleagues. • Highly collaborative, with a demonstrable talent for bringing people together. • A passion for futures thinking, digital technologies and democratic innovation. • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Policy and Programme Evaluation

The Strand Group

How Government Really Works: Examining the institutions of British Government through teaching, research and events

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The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

We live in a period of global, social, technological and economic transformations. In the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (SSPP) we seek to understand these changes and to shape transformations through our research and education. We make our distinctive contributions through our connected and engaged research, backed by clear strategies to have impacts in the world and giving our staff and students the skills, judgement and confidence to embrace and shape change.  SSPP is home to one of the largest, most diverse and international communities for social research and education in Europe with 1100 staff and 8000 students. We have world-leading expertise across social science disciplines, with recognised strengths in health and care, security studies, political economy, global health, social risk and resilience, and education and social justice. Our global perspective draws on specialist expertise about important and dynamic regions of the world, including the European Union, China, India, Brazil, Africa, and the Middle East.  We believe our education and research can influence change by focusing on real-world problems, by combining perspectives, insights and methods from different bodies of knowledge, and by working with our partners in society. We have deep relationships with government, business, civil society and international governments, education institutions and organisations, using. our position in central London to convene and influence understanding, innovation and practice in the UK and internationally, as well as connecting and working closely with Defence Studies colleagues at our Shrivenham campus. We share a commitment to engaged curiosity and action in an open, collaborative and inclusive culture.  Our Faculty is organised as follows: School of Education, Communication & Society School of Global Affairs • International Development • Geography • Global Health and Social Medicine The Policy Institute • Global Institute for Women’s Leadership • NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce • The International School for Government • The Strand Group • UK in a Changing Europe School of Politics & Economics • European & International Studies • Political Economy School of Security Studies • Department of War Studies • Defence Studies Department • King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies

The Policy Institute

The Policy Institute at King’s College London works to solve society’s challenges with evidence and expertise, by combining the rigour of academia with the agility of a consultancy and the connectedness of a think tank. We are unique among UK university policy units in scale, scope and profile. With a team of over 100 researchers, teaching, communications and operations staff, we are the largest comparable unit in the UK, and home to seven interconnected units, each with particular specialisms and expertise. They include our Evidence Development and Incubation Team and Experimental Government teams, which develop and evaluate policy and practice for government and others; the Strand Group which teaches an innovative Masters programme, focused on No 10 and the Treasury; the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, which focuses on research and evaluating interventions on women’s leadership; the NIHR Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, a policy research unit working closely with DHSC; the UK in a Changing Europe, the highest profile academic think tank in the UK; and, from August 2023, the International School for Government was merged into the Policy Institute school. Combining ISfG’s teaching experience and infrastructure into the Policy Institute signaled the next phase of our strategy, to leverage the research, communications and administrative capabilities of the Policy Institute into truly innovative and impactful teaching. Together, our combined units provide the basis for a teaching offer that is deeply embedded in government. This includes drawing on the large and highest-level network of visiting fellows and professors, including current and past Permanent Secretaries and other senior civil servants, current and past MP’s, Peers, journalists, think tank leaders and independent thinkers, who give their time and expertise to the institute and wider King’s community.

European Politics mobile

The International School for Government

The International School for Government is designed to equip policymakers and civil servants from the UK and across the globe to meet the challenges of the future, creating leaders capable of delivering the services that citizens expect today. Through education, research and public engagement, the School focuses on the most pressing policy problems, ensuring that policy professionals are prepared with both the hard and soft skills necessary to understand how power, influence and change move through political circles. Technology is rapidly transforming the relationship between governments and their citizens. The International School for Government offers policy professionals the opportunity to use this change to improve outcomes for citizens as well as to learn thought leadership from world-class King’s academics, practical skills from senior practitioners and best practice from governments around the world. The ISfG is a vital part of the next phase of our overall Policy Institute and faculty strategy in supporting excellence in public policy in the UK and globally. A key part of this is to leverage not just King’s position as a leading research university, but also our physical location in the centre of London. Being a short walk from Whitehall and Westminster allows us connect deeply to practitioners and students. London is also a centre of government in its own right, through a powerful locally elected mayor, with whom we enjoy strong links. Moreover, London is a key global hub for the diplomatic community, easily accessible to people from around the world, and a truly global centre of culture and commerce. King’s is committed to using the real strengths in the university, faculty, the Policy Institute and in our London location to create a world-leading school of government. The school has already seen significant success, running flagship contracts with UK civil servants, at PG Cert, PG Dip and Executive Masters levels for the Policy Profession Unit of the UK civil service, running closed programmes for a number of other UK government departments (including FCDO and DHSC) and overseas governments, and we are currently developing open programmes. We have a five-year vision for ISfG that the new Director will have a key role in shaping and delivering.

The Policy Institute

The Policy Institute at King's College London works to solve society's challenges with evidence and…

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Please quote the vacancy id: 089647 in all correspondence.

Closing date for applications: 21 July 2024 23:59
Interview date: 29 August 2024

Application process

To apply for this post you will need to register on the King’s College London job opportunities page and submit the application form, along with the following: • a concise statement setting out your reasons for applying for the post and highlighting the particular skills and experience which you feel you would bring to the role (two pages maximum). • a full academic curriculum vitae.

Selection process

Main job advert for: Director for the International School for Government

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The Role

The International School for Government (ISfG) is a transformative initiative for King’s, as set out in King’s Strategic Vision 2029. Since its formation, the scale and scope of the initiative has developed in two important ways. First, the benefits of strategic connection to the Policy Institute, as part of the faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policy, became clear as the skills and focus of the schools are extremely complementary and each will strengthen the other. Second, while digital delivery remains a key aspect of our work, there is clearly demand and benefits in more blended approaches, with significant in-person provision, that takes advantage of our central London location. The new Director will join at an exciting and vital time for this next phase of our strategy, able to build on significant progress and existing high-profile programmes and steer us to being a truly global leader. The Director is the senior member of the International School for Government team and will report into the Director of the Policy Institute. The Director will take a leading role in developing and delivering our vision and strategy, maintaining and developing the existing programmes and developing and winning new open and closed programmes. As a senior member of the Policy Institute the postholder will also be expected to contribute to the strategic direction of the Institute and work closely with the Directors of the other units, to ensure we maximise the impact of the strengths across the units. Through their leadership of a vital unit in the faculty, the Director will also be key to the overarching vision of our home faculty in Social Sciences and Public Policy, and for King’s as a whole. The Director will be able to draw on significant support: an established team of highly skilled and experienced academic colleagues who are delivering the current programme of work; the Director of the Policy Institute as line manager, and the directors of other units in the Policy Institute; the active support of the Executive Dean of SSPP, as this is a key faculty initiative; and an advisory board of senior civil servants and others which is currently being developed, including the identification of an advisory board chair.

Role Profile

Strategy and Planning

• Develop and deliver a coherent vision for the International School for Government (ISfG) that supports Policy Institute, SSPP and King’s strategic visions and priorities. • Develop and deliver new open and closed programmes for UK and international clients, while maintaining and innovating existing programmes. • Provide oversight for education programmes across the Policy Institute units, identifying connections and opportunities and supporting delivery. • Assess market trends and anticipate future needs in public policy education, guiding the ISfG’s long-term strategic direction.

Leadership & Management

• Work closely with the Policy Institute Director to develop the School’s academic strategy, to create and maintain its international profile. • Participate as a member of the Policy Institute’s Leadership Team to support across activities, and with the Head of Administration to effectively manage delivery of its programmes. • Hold primary accountability for the School’s education and research activities, providing regular reports to the Policy Institute and SSPP. • Promote and foster a supportive working and educational environment that delivers equality and inclusiveness. • Support staff development, appraisal and mentorship in line with King’s policy. This role has direct line responsibility for four senior academics, and overall responsibility for the management of all academic staff. This includes the induction, appraisal, training and development of all members of the academic team. • Effectively manage resources, including budgetary oversight, to support the School's academic and operational objectives. • Promote the School across governments, civil services, industry and the private and third sectors around the globe.

Three students walking and chatting on the Strand campus

Business Development

• Foster an entrepreneurial culture that identifies, creates and responds to opportunities for new programmes and activities that support the strategic and financial objectives of ISfG. • Take lead responsibility for responding to new tenders or delivering new programme proposals, working closely with the senior team in ISfG. • Working with business development, support in the identification and generation of leads with governments, NGOs and private sector clients and to support in the relationship building, negotiations and closing of such contracts.

Policy Education & Quality Assurance

• Provide academic programme leadership and direction for the ISfG, including development of the overall strategy. • Build academic partnerships and collaborations in support of this strategy. • Work with Module Leaders from within and outside of King’s to maintain and continue to develop a set of high quality course modules. • Hold overall responsibility for the management of academic quality assurance procedures and programmes offered by the ISfG, including teaching, learning support, assessments and examining, reporting and other assurance activities. • Managing and leading the programme approval process for new educational programmes, including gaining the approval of partner universities where applicable. • Ensure that academic standards are maintained through regular module and programme reviews, ensuring each is monitored and reviewed on a regular basis in line with King’s requirements. Contribute to any external audits as appropriate. • Recruit, oversee and manage a cohort of external examiners to assure the long-term quality and reputation of the ISfG.

Policy Research, Consultancy, and Engagement

• Collaborate across the Policy Institute, the wider SSPP Faculty and with key strategic partners to develop a research agenda that underpins the vision of the ISfG. • Develop partnerships with policy stakeholders to undertake research, evaluations and consultancy projects, where suitable. • Create a supportive environment for research and funding opportunities, identifying opportunities and mapping the School’s funding priorities to generate income and high-quality outputs. • Manage the team of academic staff to deliver high quality and relevant research projects.

Policy Engagement

• Engage meaningfully with policy makers, establishing and developing collaborative links with external policy makers, both nationally and internationally. • Facilitate the creation and maintenance of a diverse range of fora for engagement with policy making communities.

External Relations

• Act as an ambassador for the ISfG actively developing its UK and international academic profile to enhance international recruitment and partnership development. • Develop relationships with key contacts in government, 3rd sector, and civil society to ensure the ISfG meets their professional and executive education needs. • Represent the ISfG, Policy Institute, SSPP and King’s externally, networking and attending key national and international events.

meeting

About King’s

King's College London provides a dynamic habitat for individuals looking to expand their career prospects.

Vision 2029

King's Vision builds upon our history of service to society and takes us to our 200th anniversary in 2029

Back to top

Essential Criteria

• A PhD or equivalent in a relevant management/leadership discipline. • A track record of sustained leadership with substantial academic and/or research experience consistent with a senior role. • An entrepreneurial mindset, with proven track record in developing, selling and delivering successful new education programmes. • Understanding of the UK higher education sector and experience of academic management. • An ability to shape existing and emergent academic activities into a coherent and engaging narrative. • Strong networking skills and ability to establish and sustain successful external partnerships. • An in-depth and current understanding of emerging trends in public policy and practice. • Credibility with academic and policy stakeholders in the UK and internationally. • Experience of managing and providing academic leadership to a team of academic staff. • An ability to build and cultivate effective relationships with academic colleagues. • Highly collaborative, with a demonstrable talent for bringing people together. • A passion for futures thinking, digital technologies and democratic innovation. • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Policy and Programme Evaluation

The Strand Group

How Government Really Works: Examining the institutions of British Government through teaching, research and events

Back to top

The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

We live in a period of global, social, technological and economic transformations. In the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (SSPP) we seek to understand these changes and to shape transformations through our research and education. We make our distinctive contributions through our connected and engaged research, backed by clear strategies to have impacts in the world and giving our staff and students the skills, judgement and confidence to embrace and shape change.  SSPP is home to one of the largest, most diverse and international communities for social research and education in Europe with 1100 staff and 8000 students. We have world-leading expertise across social science disciplines, with recognised strengths in health and care, security studies, political economy, global health, social risk and resilience, and education and social justice. Our global perspective draws on specialist expertise about important and dynamic regions of the world, including the European Union, China, India, Brazil, Africa, and the Middle East.  We believe our education and research can influence change by focusing on real-world problems, by combining perspectives, insights and methods from different bodies of knowledge, and by working with our partners in society. We have deep relationships with government, business, civil society and international governments, education institutions and organisations, using. our position in central London to convene and influence understanding, innovation and practice in the UK and internationally, as well as connecting and working closely with Defence Studies colleagues at our Shrivenham campus. We share a commitment to engaged curiosity and action in an open, collaborative and inclusive culture.  Our Faculty is organised as follows: School of Education, Communication & Society School of Global Affairs • International Development • Geography • Global Health and Social Medicine The Policy Institute • Global Institute for Women’s Leadership • NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce • The International School for Government • The Strand Group • UK in a Changing Europe School of Politics & Economics • European & International Studies • Political Economy School of Security Studies • Department of War Studies • Defence Studies Department • King’s Institute for Applied Security Studies

The Policy Institute

The Policy Institute at King’s College London works to solve society’s challenges with evidence and expertise, by combining the rigour of academia with the agility of a consultancy and the connectedness of a think tank. We are unique among UK university policy units in scale, scope and profile. With a team of over 100 researchers, teaching, communications and operations staff, we are the largest comparable unit in the UK, and home to seven interconnected units, each with particular specialisms and expertise. They include our Evidence Development and Incubation Team and Experimental Government teams, which develop and evaluate policy and practice for government and others; the Strand Group which teaches an innovative Masters programme, focused on No 10 and the Treasury; the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, which focuses on research and evaluating interventions on women’s leadership; the NIHR Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, a policy research unit working closely with DHSC; the UK in a Changing Europe, the highest profile academic think tank in the UK; and, from August 2023, the International School for Government was merged into the Policy Institute school. Combining ISfG’s teaching experience and infrastructure into the Policy Institute signaled the next phase of our strategy, to leverage the research, communications and administrative capabilities of the Policy Institute into truly innovative and impactful teaching. Together, our combined units provide the basis for a teaching offer that is deeply embedded in government. This includes drawing on the large and highest-level network of visiting fellows and professors, including current and past Permanent Secretaries and other senior civil servants, current and past MP’s, Peers, journalists, think tank leaders and independent thinkers, who give their time and expertise to the institute and wider King’s community.

European Politics mobile

The International School for Government

The International School for Government is designed to equip policymakers and civil servants from the UK and across the globe to meet the challenges of the future, creating leaders capable of delivering the services that citizens expect today. Through education, research and public engagement, the School focuses on the most pressing policy problems, ensuring that policy professionals are prepared with both the hard and soft skills necessary to understand how power, influence and change move through political circles. Technology is rapidly transforming the relationship between governments and their citizens. The International School for Government offers policy professionals the opportunity to use this change to improve outcomes for citizens as well as to learn thought leadership from world-class King’s academics, practical skills from senior practitioners and best practice from governments around the world. The ISfG is a vital part of the next phase of our overall Policy Institute and faculty strategy in supporting excellence in public policy in the UK and globally. A key part of this is to leverage not just King’s position as a leading research university, but also our physical location in the centre of London. Being a short walk from Whitehall and Westminster allows us connect deeply to practitioners and students. London is also a centre of government in its own right, through a powerful locally elected mayor, with whom we enjoy strong links. Moreover, London is a key global hub for the diplomatic community, easily accessible to people from around the world, and a truly global centre of culture and commerce. King’s is committed to using the real strengths in the university, faculty, the Policy Institute and in our London location to create a world-leading school of government. The school has already seen significant success, running flagship contracts with UK civil servants, at PG Cert, PG Dip and Executive Masters levels for the Policy Profession Unit of the UK civil service, running closed programmes for a number of other UK government departments (including FCDO and DHSC) and overseas governments, and we are currently developing open programmes. We have a five-year vision for ISfG that the new Director will have a key role in shaping and delivering.

The Policy Institute

The Policy Institute at King's College London works to solve society's challenges with evidence and…

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Please quote the vacancy id: 089647 in all correspondence.

Closing date for applications: 21 July 2024 23:59
Interview date: 29 August 2024

Application process

To apply for this post you will need to register on the King’s College London job opportunities page and submit the application form, along with the following: • a concise statement setting out your reasons for applying for the post and highlighting the particular skills and experience which you feel you would bring to the role (two pages maximum). • a full academic curriculum vitae.

Selection process

Main job advert for: Director for the International School for Government

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