Assistant Director, Student Systems and Projects Ref: 5856

School/department: Student Experience Division
Hours: Full time 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent
Reference: 5856
Salary: Competitive
Placed on: 24 May 2021
Closing date:  24 June 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: W/C 19 July 2021
Expected start date: Immediate start

Job description 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Student Experience Division at the University of Sussex, and to play a lead role in driving the vision and direction for student support systems across the University. We are looking to recruit an Assistant Director to provide leadership and support to the ongoing development of new student technology applications, projects and processes. This is a new, senior post, that will drive forward initiatives designed to make significant improvements to the student experience. 

Operating at executive level, you’ll work closely with the University Project Executive, PVC (Education & Students), and the Senior Responsible Officer, Director for the Student Experience, to ensure the University’s new student systems deliver on their ambitious objectives. Using your highly developed communication and stakeholder engagement skills, you’ll build trust and facilitate agreement, leading positive change across all areas of the University. 

As a member of the Division for the Student Experience’s Senior Leadership Group, you’ll work with the Senior Responsible Officer, developing effective working partnerships with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders, to support successful delivery of the Student Information System and other new student systems. 

You’ll be a strategic thinker and a proven leader, with an innovative approach and a flair for managing change. You’ll be adept at communicating a vision and strategy and inspiring colleagues to engage, with the skills and experience to translate strategy into practical outcomes. You’ll have excellent project management skills, gained within complex environments, and experience of operating at senior levels within a Higher Education context. A constructive team player, your ability to motivate will be evidenced by a track record of excellent service delivery. 

This is an opportunity to be at the forefront of developments that will ensure a suite of systems that support delivery of the highest quality of experience for students and staff. To find out more, please contact be Sarah Hardman at

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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How to apply 

If you wish to apply for the role, you should submit a short, up to two-page, letter of application, plus a summary CV (no more than 4 sides) outlining the key facts and information about yourself, what you will bring to the role and why you are the right person for it. 

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