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Director of Professional and Organisational Development

The University of Leeds was established in 1904 and is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, renowned globally for the quality of teaching and research.

The University strives to achieve academic excellence within an ethical framework informed by values of integrity, equality and inclusion, community and professionalism.

The Director of Professional and Organisational Development is responsible for a portfolio of activity designed to underpin the successful achievement of the strategic plan. The University is currently refreshing their organisational strategy, and this role will contribute to facilitating the HR strategy being developed in parallel.

This is therefore an exciting time to be joining the University and to be leading an area of activity that will be highly influential in creating an environment that will facilitate the delivery of a high performing organisation, where staff at every level have both the desire and capability to support the University's ambitions.

The Director of Human Resources welcomes applications from a professional, pragmatic, and influential candidate, who will enjoy an organisation of many different cultures, and who will relish the challenge of using their professional experience and expertise, ideally developed in part in an Higher Education setting, to deliver change where it is required, and to consolidate and extend good practice where it exists.

  • You will work with, and report to, the Director of HR, and will be a member of the Human Resources Directorate team with the ability to contribute at both the learning and organisational development level and also to the broader HR agenda.
  • You will also be a member of the University’s senior leadership forum, working collaboratively with senior managers across both academic and professional services to contribute to wider cross-university initiatives.

The HR team is proud of their reputation and contribution and work together in a supportive and constructive manner. The team is keen to welcome an experienced OD professional to join them to help ensure that the credibility of the HR function remains high, and that their input remains sought-after across a wide range of organisational issues.

Please contact our recruitment partner Dixon Walter and further information about the role and responsibilities can be accessed via the Dixon Walter Microsite HERE or by contacting Kiersten Avery, Executive Search Consultant, Dixon Walter Ltd, Tel: 0191 500 5500, Email:

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Organisational Development and Professional Learning
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Salary:  Competitive
Post Type:  Full Time
Release Date:  Thursday 26 September 2019
Closing Date:  Monday 21 October 2019
Reference:  CSODP1032

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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