Deputy Head of Policy (Higher Education and Skills)


14th January 2022

The British Academy’s higher education and skills policy work aims to raise the profile and demonstrate the value of the humanities and social sciences, giving voices to Fellows and wider research in our disciplines by maximising opportunities to contribute to, react to and inform the place and contributions of our disciplines in the higher education and research ecosystem.

The Deputy Head role will work primarily on leading the development and delivery of a range of policy projects within the Higher Education and Skills policy team, taking specific responsibility for certain themes and activities based on their skill set and experience.

The postholder will play a critical role in managing and developing Senior Policy Advisors and Policy Advisors, along with supporting the Head of Policy and Director in developing and implementing the Directorate’s strategic direction. It is an exciting time to be joining, as you will be able to work with a strong team of seven and help to expand it, as well as shaping the way the British Academy conducts its policy activities in future.

The ideal candidate will have a strong higher education, skills and/or research policy background and be excited to share that experience in developing and supporting the leadership of an enthusiastic team to address policy questions in innovative ways. They will be excited by the opportunity to shape and contribute to new ways of approaching our higher education and skills policy activities.

We are looking for someone proactive and collaborative in their approach to developing and implementing creative ideas and concepts in policy research and analysis.

The Academy offers 34 days of annual holiday (not including bank holidays), excellent benefits (including a defined benefit pension scheme) and one of the best locations in London.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion statement

As a key part of our People Strategy, the British Academy is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, promoting equal opportunity, and addressing under-representation.  We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We will make reasonable adjustments to support disabled job applicants and offer an interview to those meeting the minimum selection criteria.

You can find more information on the Academy’s vision and current activities here.

Closing date: 12pm (GMT) Friday, 14 January 2022.

Interview date: Thursday, 3 February 2022.

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