Assistant Director (Institute of Public Care)

Oxford Brookes University

The Institute of Public Care (IPC) provides applied research, evaluation, consultancy and training services to the care sector including local authorities, the NHS, government bodies and agencies, charities and the commercial sector. Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of citizens and communities, delivering a range of projects for individual organisations or programmes of national impact. Our work makes a difference, and we are a trusted partner within the care sector, with an excellent track record and reputation for delivery. Whilst we operate independently as a small knowledge exchange unit, we are part of Oxford Brookes University, giving us the scale and resources to deliver large projects and provide accreditation to training and development programmes.

We evaluate and develop the areas of public care that matter most to people, producing swift, actionable, and insightful results that improve the health and wellbeing of citizens and communities. As our team continues to grow, we are seeking a new Assistant Director who will lead a wide range of projects, engaging with organisations across the care spectrum. You will manage project teams, be responsible for the quality of what we deliver, guiding and advising colleagues internally and within the client organisations that we work with. The projects we deliver are diverse and interesting, and colleagues work on a variety of projects – no two days are the same! As well as delivering work, our Assistant Directors are also responsible for identifying new opportunities, maximising the relationships we have within the sector, and building upon our reputation for making a difference.

As an experienced care professional, we are seeking someone who is keen to make a difference recognising how the Institute makes an impact not just locally but often delivering nationally significant programmes. You will bring experience of working in a care setting, possibly in a local authority, the NHS, a care provider, within government or a regulatory setting, or you may already be working within a consultancy role. Tenacity, curiosity, versatility, change and a transformative focus, are all skills we expect of our Assistant Director, leading colleagues within our team and taking ownership of delivery of projects. This may be an opportunity to pursue your career in a different direction, delivering applied research and evaluation, consultancy and training within the sector that are committed to.

Location – We work in an hybrid/agile environment, with a base in Oxford and travel within the UK to meet with our clients. We would expect our Assistant Director to be in Oxford once or twice per month, with national travel as required.

Working for the IPC – We offer a friendly and rewarding place to work, a place that values people and the diverse contributions and backgrounds of our colleagues. Working for IPC, you will be employed by Oxford Brookes University with many benefits including generous holiday entitlement, contributory pension scheme, parent, guardian, and carer friendly policies and more. For more information about working for Oxford Brookes see: Benefits and Pension. Any offer of employment will be subject to referencing and background checks including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Diversity and inclusion – Equality, diversity and inclusion are core values of the University. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to ensure our team reflects the communities that we serve.

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