Role description

The School of Education, Communication & Society at King’s College London is seeking to recruit an outstanding academic to take on the Head of School role for a fixed term of four years, after which the post holder will continue to work as a professor in the School. The successful candidate will have substantial experience of academic leadership as well as an outstanding track record of world leading research in their own discipline. Their research expertise will align with the School’s research areas and fit into one of its research centres: the Centre for Language Discourse and Communication (LDC), the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), or the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CRESTEM).
The post-holder will be an outstanding scholar in their field and an inspirational, inclusive and experienced leader. They will play a key role in enhancing the School’s international profile and reputation, capitalising on the School’s existing strengths in research and education. The successful candidate will be excited by the challenge of leading a highly successful School renowned for its distinctive contribution to the field of Education and its allied disciplines, as well as for its outstanding strategic approach to fostering impact, innovative teaching and research partnerships, vibrant and well supported student community, outstanding education provision, and strong commitment to equality and inclusivity.

Key responsibilities and objectives of the job

  • Provide academic, strategic, financial and operational leadership for the School in line with the Strategic Vision of the Faculty and the College.

  • As line manager to all academic staff promote and foster a supportive and collegial academic working environment that delivers equality and inclusiveness in all aspects of the School’s operations. 

  • Promote and foster the development of research of the highest quality, consolidating the School’s reputation as a world-leading centre of Social Science research.
  • Support the development of research grant applications and awards. 
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  • ​​​​​​​Promote and foster excellence in teaching and learning, including employability and the broader student experience, ensuring that students benefit from the high research quality of the School. 

  • Support the development of innovative practice in teaching and research in a way that is consistent with the values of the School.  

  • Support the development of new national and international collaborations and strengthen existing links with external organisations including government, public sector organisations and third sector partners. 

  • Promote the School’s international profile. 

  • Lead the appointment process for hiring highly talented new staff. 

  • Manage the School’s finances and ensure that the School is in a strong financial position, creating and seizing opportunities to grow revenues, thereby harnessing additional resources to support the School’s development. 

  • Actively shape, implement and manage academic administration within the School.​​​​​​​
  • Represent the School at relevant Faculty and College fora and decision-making bodies.

  • Contribute to the formulation of College and Faculty policy and be responsible for the implementation of College and Faculty policy within the School.

  • Represent the School on ceremonial and other occasions.

  • Pursue a strong programme of personal research and education.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and seniority of the post.