Duties and Privileges

In addition to helping the Dean and Junior Dean with maintaining discipline and enforcing College regulations amongst junior members, the Assistant Junior Dean also helps the Bursar and the Bursary Office Manager in ensuring the security and safety of the College (including fire safety) and contributes to the College’s overall welfare provision. The Assistant Junior Dean should be a trained first-aider, or be prepared to undertake such training.

• The appointment is from 1 October 2020 until 31st August 2021
• The College will provide free accommodation year round, meals whenever they are provided for students or staff, telephone (except personal calls), internet access
• The Assistant Junior Dean is an associate member of SCR
• He/she may take meals at high table or with students as desired
• The Assistant Junior Dean is responsible to the Dean who is available for any help or questions

• The Assistant Junior Dean is expected to be on duty two nights per week from Sunday of 0th Week to Friday of 9th Week from 11.00pm to 8.30am, but may be required to work occasional additional nights as needed
• The Assistant Junior Dean must ensure that the terms of their visa allows them to undertake the duties of the post
• The Assistant Junior Dean must be reading for a postgraduate degree at Oxford University

The main duty of the Assistant Junior Dean is to provide cover for the Junior Dean two nights per week. During this time they should:
• Provide pastoral care as necessary for students
• Enforce other College rules as necessary
• Discipline infractions as needed (in consultation with Dean for serious infractions)
• Act as a Fire Marshall.
• Resolve disputes between students
• Assist students locked out of rooms
• Respond to emergency situations (including summoning further assistance, if necessary.)

The Assistant Junior Dean is also expected to assist the Junior Dean more generally at other times. Such duties may include:
• Attending student welfare meetings
• Attending Heads of Department meetings or College Welfare Team meetings, as required
• Admitting College visitors/guests who arrive after hours
• Undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time

Application Process
Please submit a CV, covering letter and two references to Victoria Lill ( by Sunday 8th March 2020.


Post Centre Manager, Wellbeing Research Centre, University of Oxford
College Harris Manchester College
Contract type Fixed term of three years (with a probation period of 6 months)
Location Harris Manchester College, Oxford.  The role will require some travel.
Salary Salary range Grade 7: between £33,900 – £43,267 p.a.
Deadline for applications 9th March 2020

Overview of the post

The Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford is seeking to appoint a Centre Manager. We are looking for an entrepreneurial person with a keen interest in learning about—and developing—the interdisciplinary science of wellbeing at Oxford and beyond.

This new interdisciplinary Centre brings together the academic expertise on wellbeing from around the University and beyond. The Centre aims to establish itself as the world’s preeminent research hub on wellbeing and to become a major platform for helping communities around the world put wellbeing at the heart of their policy-making.

The establishment of the Centre is made possible thanks to a founding donation by KSI Education and the Centre is led by Prof. Jan-Emmanuel De Neve. More information on the Centre is available at

The role of the Centre Manager

The Centre Manager will play a key leadership role in setting up, developing and ensuring the success of the Centre. Key responsibilities for the Centre Manager include:

  • Leading the operational capacity of the Centre
  • Liaising with the academic, funding, and impact partners of the Centre
  • Developing funding opportunities in collaboration with Centre researchers
  • Supporting the Director with executive assistance
  • Stimulating public interest for the Centre and developing its media presence
  • Conducting original research in collaboration with Centre researchers
  • Monitoring the standards of research undertaken by the Centre
  • Preparing of reports and other information pertaining to the Centre
  • Leading on the organization of research workshops and academic conferences

We are looking for a dynamic individual with intellectual curiosity and excellent project management and communication skills. As the Centre develops it is expected that staff will be recruited to support on more specific tasks.  Applications are welcome from international applicants.

Selection criteria

Applications will be judged against the criteria which are set out below. Applicants should ensure that their application shows clearly how they believe that their skills and experience meet these criteria.

The successful candidate will meet the following essential criteria:

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree (or Master’s) in social or psychological sciences, and have capacity for original research;
  2. Excellent organizational and administrative skills;
  3. Genuine interest in promoting the Wellbeing Research Centre’s mission;
  4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  5. Experience of launching new initiatives and organizing academic events.

The appointment committee recognises that candidates can contribute to these goals in many different ways and will use its professional judgment, based on the evidence available, to decide how successfully candidates could make such contributions.


We offer a competitive salary and flexible working hours in a friendly academic environment as part of a dynamic and growing team with global impact. The Centre Manager will be principally based at Harris Manchester College and be a full member of its academic staff. College staff enjoy a number of benefits such as dining rights.

The position will be for a fixed term of three years renewable subject to availability of finances (with a probation period of 6 months), starting as soon as possible.

This position is a unique opportunity to learn about the science of wellbeing and help advance this research agenda. The position will also allow for engaging with important stakeholders in the academic and policy worlds.  As part of the stakeholder engagement role, the job may involve some long-distance travel to events at the United Nations (New York), World Government Summit (Dubai), as well as fundraising activities in China.  For example, the Centre’s researchers are major contributors to the World Happiness Report launched at the UN each year and the Centre Manager will be able to contribute along this pathway to impact.

How to apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 9th March 2020 and shortlisted applicants will be contacted shortly afterwards.

If you would like to discuss this post and find out more about joining the academic community at Oxford, please contact

About the University of Oxford

Oxford’s departments and colleges aim to lead the world in research and education for the benefit of society both in the UK and globally. Oxford’s researchers engage with academic, commercial and cultural partners across the world to stimulate high-quality research and enable innovation through a broad range of social, policy and economic impacts.

Oxford’s self-governing community of international scholars includes Professors, Associate Professors, other college tutors, senior and junior research fellows and over 2,500 other University research staff. Research at Oxford combines disciplinary depth with an increasing focus on inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary activities addressing a rich and diverse range of issues.

Oxford’s strengths lie both in empowering individuals and teams to address fundamental questions of global significance, and in providing all staff with a welcoming and inclusive workplace that supports everyone to develop and do their best work. Recognising that diversity is a great strength, and vital for innovation and creativity, Oxford aspires to build a truly inclusive community which values and respects every individual’s unique contribution.

While Oxford has long traditions of scholarship, it is also forward-looking, creative and cutting-edge. Oxford is one of Europe’s most entrepreneurial universities. It consistently has the highest external research income of any university in the UK (the most recent figures are available at, and is ranked first in the UK for university spin-outs, with more than 130 spin-off companies created to date. Oxford is also recognised as a leading supporter of social enterprise.

Oxford admits undergraduate students with the intellectual potential to benefit fully from the small group learning to which Oxford is deeply committed. Meeting in small groups with their tutor, undergraduates are exposed to rigorous scholarly challenge and learn to develop their critical thinking, their ability to articulate their views with clarity, and their personal and intellectual confidence. They receive a high level of personal attention from leading academics.

Oxford has a strong postgraduate student body which now numbers over 10,000. Postgraduates are attracted to Oxford by the international standing of the faculty, by the rigorous intellectual training on offer, by the excellent research and laboratory facilities available, and by the resources of the museums and libraries, including one of the world’s greatest libraries, the Bodleian.

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About Harris Manchester College

There are 38 self-governing and independent colleges at Oxford, giving both academic staff and students the benefits of belonging to a small, interdisciplinary community as well as to a large, internationally-renowned institution. The collegiate system fosters a strong sense of community, bringing together leading academics and students across subjects, and from different cultures and countries.

Harris Manchester College (HMC) is a small, friendly community whose aim is to provide the best possible education for students over 21 years of age. A direct descendant of the Dissenting Academy established in Manchester in 1786, HMC has been a full college of Oxford University since 1996.  HMC is centrally situated in handsome Victorian buildings.

The College currently has around 114 undergraduate and 121 graduate students.  There are 29 members of the Governing Body, as well as 29 Senior Research Fellows and 26 Supernumerary Fellows and 12 Research Fellows.  Fellows’ research covers Business Management, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, History, Human Sciences, Law, Medicine, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, and Theology.

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