Centre Manager (CHASM)

Contract Fulltime Parttime University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 4, 2021
  • Salary: £42792
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Job Description

Centre Manager (CHASM) – Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology – Grade 7 – 97412

– (210000VM)

Position Details

School of Social Policy

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322. With potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year. Due to funding restrictions maximum starting salary available for this post will be £32,817.

Grade 7

Part time – 60% FTE

Fixed term contract for up to for 12 months (with potential for extension once in post)

Closing Date: 13th June 2021

Interviews to take place tentatively week commencing 21st or 28th June 2021

Job Purpose

To co-ordinate and manage the administrative, operational and strategic activities of CHASM. To support the Centre in achieving its commitment to leading-edge, policy relevant research with impact. The management of day to day activities, including project management and administration, event organisation and communications.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Administration and project management:

Support all management and processes associated with co-ordinating CHASM activities:

  • Lead and manage the operational and administrative aspects of the Centre
  • Develop and maintain robust project management and monitoring systems for research and impact activities – monitoring and record-keeping associated with CHASM members’ outputs, publications, and other research activity
  • Manage, monitor and report on the Centre’s budget, accounts and resources using relevant university systems
  • Prepare files and provide documentation to assist with audits and annual reports; providing bespoke reports where necessary
  • Provide support and assistance with co-ordination of research proposals
  • Liaise regularly with academic colleagues to inform them of the Centre’s activities
  • Undertake ad hoc administrative duties as may be reasonably required by the Centre Director/Deputy Director

Meetings, events and workshops:

Work with the Centre’s Research Events Administrator to:

  • Oversee and where necessary provide support, technical guidance and assistance with the organisation and delivery of the Centre’s team meetings, seminar series, conferences and other events
  • Work with the Centre Director/Deputy Director and other colleagues during the design stage of larger events to impart technical expertise and best practice in the running of such events, create relevant material, undertake administrative tasks including video call links and recordings/venue bookings, managing finances, managing external suppliers (e.g. IT equipment)
  • Manage the delivery of the event on the day and undertake follow-up activities, including co-ordination and formatting of event reports and post-event follow up with participants in attendance.
  • Manage and oversee the Centre’s International Visiting Fellowship Scheme
  • Co-ordinate travel arrangements and processing related purchases (flights, train tickets, conference fees etc.) and expenses claims for CHASM core members and, where appropriate, visitors
Stakeholder communication and Centre promotion:

  • Oversee the Centre’s internal and external communications strategy including maintaining and overseeing the CHASM website and social media accounts
  • Act as the principal administration liaison point for the Centre with its funder(s) and other stakeholders
  • Build and maintain relationships with key contacts and communicate regularly with them
  • Work with the Centre’s Development and Communications Manager to develop a communications and impact strategy.

Person Specification


  • Previous experience in managing a research centre or significant project management experience is essential
  • Managing finances and project budgets
  • Working to deadlines and managing competing priorities
  • Accurately proof reading, editing and formatting a range of documents for diverse audiences
  • Social media monitoring, including Twitter, blogging and LinkedIn. Some website management / HMTL skills would be desirable
  • Ability to act on own initiative, taking a pro-active approach to work with minimal direction


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating the ability to establish effective working relationships with a range of people
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills
  • Organisational and time management skills, demonstrating the ability to meet tight targets and deadlines , which can be subject to variation
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Office skills, including spreadsheets and databases)
  • Excellent project management skills and networking skills


Educated to degree level

For further information please contact Dr Louise Overton l.e.overton@bham.ac.uk

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Primary Location GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Specialist/Professional
Organization Social Policy
Schedule Temporary
Job Posting 26.05.2021, 6:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description) Grade 7
Maximum Salary 32,817.00
Advert Close Date 13.06.2021, 5:59:00 PM
Fixed Term Contract End Date 30.08.2022

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