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Director of Services and Administration

The Woolf Institute is offering an exciting opportunity for the right person to direct and manage the business and operations of the Institute in its new custom built premises in the academic heart of Cambridge. 

The Woolf Institute works on one of our most acute global challenges – improving through research and education the interface between religion and society in today's changing world. First established in 1998, it has a particular focus on relations between Jews, Christian and Muslims and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching on current challenges and our past history. It is engaged in a well-regarded series of major research projects, ground breaking on-line courses, lectures and seminars, student and post graduate supervision and a number of public education programmes.

At the start of the Michaelmas term 2017, the Institute took up residence in its own purpose built building. It is excitingly situated on the Westminster College campus in Madingley Road. The new building provides dramatic space for the Institute's specialist library with room for scholars to consult the literature and conduct their work, a research hub for the Institute's own researchers, state of the art conference and meeting rooms for its own use and to be let to others, a signature board room at the top of the building overlooking Cambridge, a multi-faith quiet space, broadcast quality media facilities and four letting bedrooms. Part of one floor is home to the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.

The Institute seeks a senior level Director to take the lead on managing these excellent facilities – establishing appropriate strategies, policies, budgets and administrative processes to ensure that the Institute makes the best and most efficient use of its new home. 

The Director will also act as Company Secretary working closely with the Institute's Board of Trustees and its sub-committees. He or she will report directly to the Founder Director.

This will be a part-time (3 day a week) position with an appropriate remuneration and attractive pension package. The Institute is looking for someone who wants to be engaged in helping to set the direction of an institution at an exciting and seminal point in its evolution, who has the skills, experience and personality to make the most of the opportunities available and who has genuine empathy with the Institute's vision and values. The Institute welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Further information about the post, the job description and skills and experience requirements can be found below. Applicants would be welcome to have a confidential discussion with Dr Ed Kessler MBE, the Institute's Founder Director.

Applications are by a letter demonstrating how the applicant meets the experience and skills requirements and why they would like to be considered for appointment, together with their CV. These should be sent by email to or post to Mrs Claire Curran, Woolf Institute, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0UB to reach her by Monday 4 December 2017. We expect interviews to take place on 13 and 14 December 2017.


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