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School Secretary, Directors: Estates & Facilities, Development Alumni & External Relations, Library and Information Services, Human Resources, Finance & Planning, Research & Enterprise, Academic Services, Marketing Student Recruitment and Communications.

Purpose of the Job

Reporting to the School Director, Baroness Valerie Amos, the Registrar is responsible for development and delivery of the School’s vision and strategy for all professional and support services and the overall administrative services across the School.

The Registrar is responsible for all matters relating to the operations of the School to ensure that our students have the best possible learning experience while at SOAS. Our vision is to produce graduates who can understand and engage with the world.

As a member of the senior leadership team, the Registrar will be expected to play a key role in the leadership and management of the School as the Chief Operating Officer. They will play a major role in the development and implementation of the SOAS strategy and delivery of plans to enable the School to fulfil its mission and vision as the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

The post holder will be expected to work closely with other senior staff, in particular the School Secretary and the professional services Directors, as well as Heads of academic departments and members of professional services to ensure School wide buy-in to new initiatives to ensure effective delivery of the SOAS strategy.

The Registrar leads and manages the provision of high quality professional support services structured into 9 Directorates.

Finance and Planning; Human Resources; Estates and Facilities; Library and Information Services (incorporating the SOAS Library, SOAS National Research Library and all IT, multimedia and classroom support services); Academic Services (incorporating Careers Service, Distance Learning Administration, Learning & Teaching Development, Registry, Student Advice & Wellbeing, Student Admissions and Widening Participation); Governance & Compliance; Marketing, Student Recruitment & Communications; Development, Alumni and External Engagement; and Research and Enterprise.
The Directors of these areas report directly to the Registrar.

Key tasks for the Registrar will be:

  • To act as the School’s Chief Operating Officer.
  • To ensure effective co-ordination between centrally provided Professional and Support Services and Faculties.
  • To contribute to the leadership of the School, as a member of Executive Board, ensuring that the School is able to deliver on its strategic direction and plans and is able to respond to internal and external opportunities and threats. In particular to ensure that the School has robust strategic and operational planning processes.
  • As a member of Executive Board, to shape the development of School strategy and establish and maintain the appropriate operational, policy and support frameworks (for students, staff and other key stakeholders) on which the School’s operation and future development is built.
  • To promote a strong culture of innovation and excellence throughout all the School’s Professional and Support Services.
  • To maintain all necessary contacts with the University of London, its constituent colleges, with HEFCE and other relevant organisations and stakeholders, with the School’s professional advisers and to act as an advocate on behalf of the School.
  • To undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required by the Director.
  • To lead and co-ordinate all the School’s Professional and Support Services in providing high quality, integrated and cost effective administrative services across the School.
  • To lead and and implement an effective transformation of professional services.
  • Manage the performance of professional services to match the School's strategic direction.
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  • Inculcating a culture of responsiveness among professional services to both staff, students, visitors to the School and external agencies;
  • Taking overall responsibility for the School’s premises and capital projects;
  • Ensuring the effective performance of, and compliance with, School contracts and control of bought-in services;
  • Taking overall responsibility for the preparation of policies and procedures in accordance with relevant legislation.

The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.


Date: May 2016