Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Strategic Initiatives

University of Birmingham

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United Kingdom

Position type:

Full time


Competitive package for an outstanding candidate.

12 Oct 2017
25 Oct 2017

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-58192

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-Principal, and working closely with the relevant Pro-Vice-Chancellors, the new role of Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Partnerships, will identify and lead strategically important collaborative partnerships between the University, government, business and other external stakeholder organisations, both nationally and globally.

This will involve engaging and collaborating with external bodies and organisations, including other Universities, to profile and build on the University’s research strengths and also to align University research and knowledge transfer activity with the needs/focus of potential collaborators and strategic business partners.

The role will require a collaborative approach with existing Academic and Professional Services Teams in order to capitalise upon the effort and resources deployed in advancing the research and innovation agenda. The postholder will work with academic leads in the University to shape cross-disciplinary internal partnerships to maximise the potential for external engagement.


Person Specification

  • A higher degree and/or appropriate professional qualification(s) in a relevant subject plus extensive senior management/ board level experience in a similar role
  • Proven business and strategic acumen and the ability to scope, define and lead new initiatives
  • Comprehensive understanding of the higher education and external environment, especially as it relates to engagement and enterprise activity.
  • Highly skilled in identifying, creating and growing new relationships/ collaborations and opportunities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proven ability to work effectively with governments, academics and strategic business partners.
  • Proven ability to motivate staff including the management of change.



  • A nationally/ internationally recognised and proven track record in building, maintaining and leveraging an extensive domestic and international network of senior contacts in government, commercial sectors and HE in support of creating successful partnerships.
  • Demonstrable ability to be credible and convincing to academic staff especially in obtaining their support for external initiatives.
  • Significant experience of building collaborations and alignment of activity within organisations.
  • Excellent writing and business planning skills
  • Experience of operating in international markets

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