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Date Added: Tue 15/12/2020

Head Of HR

Oxford, UK
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Job Type: Permanent

Salary: £41526 - £45361 / annually

Head of HR

This role offers an exciting opportunity for a Human Resources professional to lead on all aspects of Human Resources at Mansfield College, Oxford.  

Mansfield has the highest state sector intake of Oxford colleges. Open, friendly and welcoming, it leads the way on access to Oxford University for students from state schools.  Mansfield values diversity and difference as necessary elements of a vibrant intellectual culture. The College is strongly committed to providing a fair working environment which promotes equality, respect and inclusion.

Mansfield is committed to the effective management of its staff and is looking to appoint its first dedicated Head of HR. The appointee will therefore play a major role in the development and delivery of human resources policy, legal compliance and best practice in the College, covering all College employees including Fellows and academic staff.

Head of HR Responsibilities

As the Head HR some of your duties will include:

  • Supporting the Principal, Bursar, Senior Tutor and senior College staff with human resources guidance
  • Managing recruitment processes
  • Leading on training and development initiatives
  • Delivering inductions
  • Offering welfare support to staff
  • Managing staff disciplinary and grievance cases and related investigations

Head of HR Experience

An excellent understanding of employment law, good practice, and data protection legislation is essential. (For complex employment matters, external advice is available).

We are looking for an individual with a pragmatic approach who is able to offer solution-oriented human resources advice and show emotional intelligence and discretion in handling sensitive personnel matters. Previous experience in higher education is not essential, but it is important for the post holder to have demonstrated experience in ensuring equality and fairness at work and in education, in a lively and diverse academic community.

Applicants must be educated to degree level or equivalent, hold an appropriate professional qualification (CIPD or equivalent) and have proven experience in HR management. Familiarity with human resources issues in higher education is desirable. The post requires excellent communication, negotiation and facilitation skills, energy, tact, initiative and enthusiasm.

Applications are particularly welcome from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in senior college posts at Mansfield.   Applications from job-sharers will be considered.  Mansfield College and the University of Oxford are equal opportunities employers and welcome applications from all.

Head of HR Rewards

As the Head of HR you will receive the following benefits:

  • You will be entitled to the very generous USS pension scheme
  • Free meals in College when on duty
  • 25 days annual leave, pro-rata in year of joining in addition to the College closed period (5 days at Christmas) plus Bank Holidays


Based in Central Oxford, there is no parking on-site, however the College is situated close to several public transport links.

The Company

Mansfield College is one of the 39 constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. It has 240 undergraduates, 190 graduates and 35 visiting students. This relatively small size engenders friendly and close relationships not only among students and tutors, but across the whole body of people who work at Mansfield. Mansfield's roots are in the Nonconformist tradition, and since the 1880s Mansfield has prided itself on

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