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Position: Strategic Development Officer
Institution: Swansea University
Department: Law and Criminology
Location: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Duties: To develop an excellent understanding of research capabilities and areas of excellence within the College, and support effective co-ordination of a portfolio of development projects. To proactively support academics in scoping, prioritising and targeting appropriate development opportunities; To provide leadership to support Principal Investigators in the preparation and writing of funding proposals, in partnership with the Research Hub, and to provide advice on interpreting sponsor guidelines e.g. for European and UK research councils; To proactively identify and develop high quality proposals for knowledge transfer initiatives in collaboration with the REIS Innovation and Engagement team
Requirements: Degree level or equivalent experience. Evidence of significant experience in identifying funding opportunities. Experience of influencing others and negotiating with them to achieve a desired outcome
   
Text: Strategic Development Officer Contract Type: Permanent Expiration date: 12-Nov-2017 Salary Salary: £33,518 to £37,394 per annum, together with USS Pension benefits if required. Hours: Full time Contract Type: Permanent Swansea University is undergoing a period of significant development and expansion. The University doubled the size of its estate with the opening of its new Bay Campus in 2015 and is a UK top 30, research-intensive institution, ranking 26th in REF2014. The College of Law and Criminology is undergoing an equally exciting period of development under its Head, Professor Elwen Evans QC, will be renamed the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law in October 2017, and plans to move to a new, sector-leading Law School by 2020. The College is achieving significant and sustained growth, and has an ambitious development plan that seeks to establish Swansea as a leading centre for legal education and research. The College now seeks to appoint a Strategic Development Officer to support the implementation of the College’s plans; to identify and develop opportunities for research funding, and to help grow the College’s engagement with external partners. For full details please see : http://www.swansea.ac.uk/personnel/jobs/ The normal expectation is that the successful applicant will be appointed to the minimum of the scale with annual increments on 1 October each year (subject to completing six months service). APM Grade. Main Purpose of the Post To identify, scope and support a portfolio of externally funded grant applications, and to strengthen and manage the University’s external collaborations with industry and the public sector, building strategic partnerships to drive research development. The post holder will be engaged in developing external partnerships and working with businesses, sponsors and external grant funding bodies to create and enable the successful delivery of the College’s strategic plan. The post-holder will identify strategically important funding calls and prioritise College responses to external funding opportunities in conjunction with potential investigators, ensuring compliance with internal University policies and procedures, and with funding providers’ guidelines. The role holder will provide support and guidance to academics, principal investigators and professional services, in all work associated with the preparation, formulation and application for research funding and award. The incumbent will work in concert with the University’s Department of Research Engagement and Innovation Services (REIS) to ensure that all research and innovation activity is co-ordinated and aligned to the University’s Research and Innovation Strategy. Main Duties Income Generation To develop an excellent understanding of research capabilities and areas of excellence within the College, and support effective co-ordination of a portfolio of development projects. To proactively support academics in scoping, prioritising and targeting appropriate development opportunities; To provide leadership to support Principal Investigators in the preparation and writing of funding proposals, in partnership with the Research Hub, and to provide advice on interpreting sponsor guidelines e.g. for European and UK research councils; To proactively identify and develop high quality proposals for knowledge transfer initiatives in collaboration with the REIS Innovation and Engagement team. To work with the College Research Hub and the University Development and Alumni Relations Office to identify and secure funding opportunities; To provide non-specialist feedback on research bids in development, and to ensure compliance with University and research sponsor policies and processes; Networking and communication To work closely with the College management team and individual researchers to identify, co-ordinate and deliver business engagement and knowledge exchange opportunities; To build relationships with other Colleges and academic departments in order to facilitate multi/interdisciplinary collaborations; To optimise the University’s external profile by establishing and maintaining relationships with partners in the public and private sectors, helping to secure external business and commercial opportunities. To build and develop external partnerships and programmes that deliver value to the College to generate a positive social and economic impact To engage with University colleagues within Professional Services, Colleges, College-based Hubs, and the wider Business Engagement Network, promoting the research values, objectives and expertise of Swansea University. To maximise opportunities to engage external partners with other College agendas such as student experience, high-level skills and regional economic development. Facilitate the development of case studies related to business engagement To liaise with key external stakeholders and REIS to build an extensive network of collaborators in relevant industries and the public sector (e.g. InnovateUK, Government departments) General Duties To engage fully with the University’s Performance Enabling and Welsh Language policies To promote equality and diversity in working practices and to maintain positive working relationships To conduct the job role and all activities in accordance with safety, health and sustainability policies and management systems, in order to reduce risks and impacts arising from the work activity Any other duties as required by your line manager Person Specification Essential Criteria Values Demonstrable evidence of taking pride in delivering professional services and solutions Ability to work together in an environment of equality, trust and respect to deliver services that strive to exceed the needs and expectations of customers Demonstrable evidence of providing a caring approach to all of your customers ensuring a personalised and positive experience Qualifications Degree level or equivalent experience Experience Evidence of significant experience in identifying funding opportunities Experience of influencing others and negotiating with them to achieve a desired outcome Evidence of working in an outcome-focused environment with the ability to monitor performance against targets Knowledge and Skills Excellent communication skills, verbal and written. Excellent presentation skills to deliver training, work-shops and committee presentations Strong inter-personal skills, with the ability to develop effective working relationships with all levels of staff. Influencing skills. An awareness of funding opportunities and regulations. Good organisational and time management skills with ability to prioritise work and work to tight deadlines. Ability to use initiative and work independently and as part of a team. Evidence of the ability to interpret complex procedural guidelines and to explain these to others who are not experts Ability to communicate very effectively to team members, clients and senior colleagues in writing and orally to a very high standard and to present coherent arguments. Highly developed IT skills are required as is proficiency in the use of the internet (web browsers, search engines etc) and standard Microsoft software packages (including Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint), AMS as well as the flexibility and willingness to gain new IT skills for specialist software, where training will be provided as required Excellent liaison and networking skills Desirable Criteria The ability to communicate in Welsh Sound understanding of the drivers, constraints and working practices of organisations in the legal and judicial sector; Background Informal enquiries can be directed to Chris Marshall, c.g.marshall@swansea.ac.uk , or Professor Elwen Evans QC, Head of College e.m.evans@swansea.ac.uk Professional Services at Swansea University Gwasanaethau Proffesiynol ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe All Professional Services areas at Swansea University operate to a defined set of Core Values ( http://www.swansea.ac.uk/the-university/world-class/values/professional-services-values/ ) and it is an expectation that everyone is able to demonstrate a commitment to these values from the point of application through to the day to day delivery of their roles. Commitment to our values at Swansea University supports us in promoting equality and valuing diversity to utilise all the talent that we have. Mae holl feysydd Gwasanaethau Proffesiynol ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe yn gweithredu'n unol â set ddiffiniedig o Werthoedd Craidd ( www.swansea.ac.uk/cy/y-brifysgol/safon-fyd-eang/gwerthoedd/gwasanaethau-proffesiynol ) a disgwylir i bawb allu arddangos ymroddiad i'r gwerthoedd hyn o adeg gwneud cais am swydd i gyflawni'u rôl o ddydd i ddydd. Mae ymroddiad i'n gwerthoedd ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe yn ein cefnogi wrth hyrwyddo cydraddoldeb a gwerthfawrogi amrywiaeth i ddefnyddio'r holl ddoniau sydd gennym Our Values are: Ein gwerthoedd yw: We are Professional We take pride in applying our knowledge, skills, creativity, integrity and judgement to deliver innovative, effective, efficient services and solutions of excellent quality Rydym yn Broffesiynol Rydym yn ymfalchïo mewn defnyddio ein gwybodaeth, ein sgiliau, ein creadigrwydd, ein gonestrwydd a'n doethineb i ddarparu gwasanaeth arloesol, effeithiol ac effeithlon ynghyd ag atebion o safon ardderchog. We Work Together We take pride in working in a proactive, collaborative environment of equality, trust, respect, co-operation and challenge to deliver services that strive to exceed the needs and expectations of customers. Rydym yn Cydweithio Rydym yn ymfalchïo mewn amgylchedd gweithio rhagweithiol a chydweithredol o gydraddoldeb, ymddiriedaeth, parch, cydweithio a her, i ddarparu gwasanaethau sy'n ceisio rhagori ar anghenion a disgwyliadau cwsmeriaid. We Care We take responsibility for listening, understanding and responding flexibly to our students, colleagues, external partners and the public so that every contact they have with us is a personalised and positive experience. Rydym yn Ofalgar Rydym yn derbyn cyfrifoldeb am wrando ar ein myfyrwyr, ein cydweithwyr, partneriaid allanol a'r cyhoedd, eu deall ac ymateb yn hyblyg iddynt, fel bod pob cysylltiad rhyngddyn nhw a ni yn brofiad personol a chadarnhaol. Informal enquiries contact details and Further Information Notes for Applicants: Nodiadau i Ymgeiswyr: •To apply please complete the online application fully, providing examples to support your responses. You will only be shortlisted if you can demonstrate that you meet all of the essential criteria. •Please save your application regularly. •Your session will timeout after 20 minutes and any unsaved responses may be lost. •After the closing date, this job advert will no longer be available on our website therefore please keep a copy for your records. •Please ensure that you check your email account junk folder as your email provider may flag emails sent to you as suspected spam. •Please be aware that recruitment correspondence may be sent via email. •I ymgeisio, llenwch y cais ar-lein yn llawn, gan roi enghreifftiau i gefnogi eich atebion. Mae’n rhaid i chi ddangos eich bod yn cwrdd â’r holl feini prawf hanfodol i gael eich cynnwys ar y rhestr fer. •Cofiwch gadw eich cais yn rheolaidd. •Bydd eich sesiwn yn dod i ben yn awtomatig ar ôl 20 munud, ac mae’n bosibl y bydd unrhyw ymateb heb ei gadw yn cael ei golli. •Ar ôl y dyddiad cau, ni fydd yr hysbyseb swydd hon ar gael ar ein gwefan, felly cofiwch gadw copi ar gyfer eich cofnodion. •Gwnewch yn siŵr eich bod yn cadw golwg ar ffolder post sothach eich cyfrif e-bost, oherwydd gall eich darparwr e-bost drin negeseuon e-bost fel post sothach posibl. •Sylwch - efallai y bydd gohebiaethau recriwtio’n cael eu hanfon drwy e-bost. Terms and Conditions of employment This is a permanent position. Hours of work will be 35 per week. (This is a full time post but applications from individuals seeking part time, job share or flexible working arrangements are welcome.) Annual leave entitlement is 31 days per annum plus Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time staff). The Job Description sets out the duties of this post as at the closing date. It has been graded as APM 8 against the benchmark profile for this grade. It may be necessary for these duties to be varied from time to time within the grade definition. The appointment is subject to the General Terms of Appointment for Professional Services and Research Staff (Grades 7 to 10 inclusive): : http://www.swansea.ac.uk/personnel/current-staff/terms-and-conditions/ . The following link provides further information on the benefits of working in Swansea University: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/personnel/new-staff/benefits-of-working-at-swansea/ The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and particularly welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. Mae'r Brifysgol wedi ymrwymo i gefnogi a hyrwyddo cydraddoldeb ac amrywiaeth yn ei holl arferion a gweithgareddau. 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