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Senior Organisational Development Advisor

Requisition ID:  11205

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  13-Sep-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £31,406.00 - £33,309.00  (with progression to £40,927) per annum

Closing Date: 27 September 2021


The Role


The University’s Vision and Strategy sets out an ambitious and exciting journey, to be a people focused, world-leading university that harnesses academic excellence, innovation and creativity to advance knowledge and provide benefits to individuals, to organisations and to society as a whole.  To achieve this vision, we recognise that our people, and our culture are critical to our success.  The strategy aims to provide everyone with the freedom and opportunity to succeed. One of the key ‘transformative initiatives’ embedded in our Research Strategy that will help us achieve this is the ‘Skills Academy’ which will coordinate and deliver relevant training and career development opportunities, catalyse interactions between research students, academics, and professional services colleagues from diverse backgrounds, and disseminate best practice across our research community. 


This role is about accelerating and embedding the work of the University’s Skills Academy. You will design, deliver and project manage a range of activities to implement the work of the Academy.  Working closely with the Dean of Research Culture and Strategy, Director of Research Strategy and Development, Research Strategy Manager and Senior OD Advisor, you will ensure that the emerging approach to the Academy will deliver a step change in how we support skills and career development across our diverse research community, whilst at the same time ensuring that it is values-led and helps build a research culture that is open and inclusive- close collaboration with others working in these areas is essential.


You will have strong Organisational Development and project management skills to achieve effective organisational change. You will be able to influence across all levels and bring ideas and new thinking to generate enthusiasm and commitment for change. You will excel at building strong working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders, being sensitive to their perspectives. You will have experience of the researcher development agenda and Organisational Development so that you can quickly commence the role.


This role is fixed term for a period of 12 months.


For informal enquiries, please contact Lisa Rippingale at Lisa.Rippingale@newcastle.ac.uk



Key Accountabilities


Learning and Development

•    Work collaboratively with colleagues across the University to ensure we have a clear understanding of the learning needs of our target research communities, understanding their learning preferences and priorities.
•    Carry out an analysis of all of the learning and development opportunities available to the research community, identifying duplication and gaps in provision and evaluating the  methods of delivery.
•    Working with our researcher community facilitate the design and delivery of programmes in line with OD best practice (Including delivery  on programmes as required).
•    Develop a clear learning and development offer and timetable of delivery for the Skills Academy, making recommendations for its effective and sustainable delivery. 
•    Develop a communications strategy for the Skills Academy to promote and build an engaged community that is aligned with the wider Research Strategy and Culture communications plan.
•    Utilise data and metrics to understand the impact and value of the Skills Academy offer and use this to regularly report on progress and recommend improvements.
•    Ensure all contracts for provision delivered under the Skills Academy comply with all procurement and regulatory requirements and represent excellent value for money.
•    Convene and report to the Skills Academy Steering Group.


IT Infrastructure 

•    Work with NUIT, OD and the Communication and Marketing teams to develop an effective IT platform and webpage approach for the Skills Academy.
•    Ensure that there is a single technological ‘front door’ for the Skills Academy, that links effectively to any of the necessary systems that will underpin it such as the University’s Learning Management System.
•    Explore and make recommendations for a single booking system.
•    Work with internal and external design teams to create an effective look, feel and experience for those colleagues accessing the Skills Academy offer.


Community and Collaboration 

•    Facilitate the exploration of how the Skills Academy can support a thriving researcher community and enable collaboration for them within and outside the University.
•    Develop and implement the Skills Academy approach to community and collaboration based on needs and aspirations of researchers.
•    Deliver and facilitate events and activities that support the researcher community and promote innovative practice in this area.
•    Support colleagues across the University to contribute skills, knowledge and expertise to further the aims of the Research Strategy and challenge our thinking.

Colleague Engagement and Experience

•    Contribute to our approach to colleague engagement and experience, identifying and conducting any focus groups, research or survey work and data analysis required for the Skills Academy. 
•    Work with colleagues across the University to enhance the quality and join up of insight, data and intelligence from engagement and survey initiatives, ensuring we join up with the Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Colleague Wellbeing teams to understand any prevailing issues.

The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience (Essential) 

•    Experience of designing and delivering across a broad spectrum of organisational development and learning interventions. 
•    Understanding and experience of researcher development and track record of implementing effective solutions.
•    Track record of managing projects in complex organisations, with a proven ability to deliver on cost, quality and time requirements.
•    Experience in influencing culture change and working on projects that have had a demonstrable impact on the culture and values of organisations. 
•    Experience of influencing senior stakeholders to achieve effective change.
•    Understanding of employee engagement and practical experience of working on engagement activities, in particular the use of engagement surveys and or focus groups.
•    Experience of working with a range of IT platforms, including the microsoft suite.  Of particular benefit would be experience working with learning management or HR systems and web page / sharepoint pages.  
•    Evidence of and passion for engendering an inclusive working environment.
•    Proven track record on innovation; you keep yourself up to date on trends in the wider OD and learning world and implement these as a matter of course.
•    Strong data analysis skills, proven ability to use metrics and data to support critical thinking and improvement of the service.


Attributes and Behaviours

•    Works collaboratively and in partnership with others.
•    Promotes and actively drives change taking into account different perspectives
•    Excellent communicator, both verbal and written engaging a wide range of stakeholders.
•    Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
•    Ability to persuade, convince and influence others in order to diplomatically achieve change.
•    Active advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion. 
•    Displays enthusiasm, integrity and personal resillience.
•    Self motivated
•    Effective problem solver



Qualifications in any of the following areas - learning and development, OD, project management, change management would be desirable but not essential.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 11205