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Director of the Journalism Fellowship Programme

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) in the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford is seeking to appoint an individual to take on the role of Director of the Journalism Fellowship Programme.

The Journalism Fellowship Programme is a flagship programme which is core to the activity and international reputation of the RISJ.  The programme founded in 1983 has continued to grow in size and reputation and since its inception around 600 professional journalists from over 90 countries have participated. Collectively the Fellows’ research projects have resulted in an expansive portfolio of practitioner-based research that constitutes a valuable resource both for practitioners and researchers in the field of journalism.  The Director of the Journalism Fellowship is responsible for providing vision and direction for this programme and oversight of its effective operational management to ensuring its continuing success and reputational contribution to the RISJ.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) in the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) at the University of Oxford is seeking to appoint an individual to take on the role of Director of the Journalism Fellowship Programme.

The post holder will provide strategic direction of the Journalism Fellowship programme, with guidance from the Institute Director and Steering Committee and within the overall objectives for the Institute, including leading the development of the academic content of the programme through planning seminars, events and fields trips; identifying and recruiting new sponsors for the programme and ensuring a productive relationship with existing sponsors; taking primary responsibility for the pastoral care and well-being of the Journalist Fellows; ensuring Fellows engage fully in both the academic and social activities of the Institute and the wider University, identifying appropriate academic advisors, providing guidance and supervision of research projects.

The role will suit an individual with substantial experience at a senior level of professional journalism in an international context, and a high level of knowledge and understanding of the UK and international media. Essential criteria also include excellent interpersonal relationship-building skills; ability to work both in a small team, and with a wide range of researchers, journalists and stakeholders; proven experience of working in an international environment and sensitivity to different cultural norms and expectations.The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in and passion for news media and journalism together with the intellectual capacity and reputation to engage with the wider academic community. This is a people-oriented role and a genuine interest in working with people from diverse cultural international backgrounds is essential.

The role is full-time (although part-time may be considered, 30 hours a week) and is available starting in September 2017 or soon thereafter. This is a fixed term position for two years in the first instance.

The duties, responsibilities and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars, (Vacancy ID:128268), which also contain details on how to apply. These are available from https://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/vacancies-and-jobs.html .

If you have any questions regarding the vacancy please contact Kate Hanneford-Smith, the RISJ Administrator, at kate.hanneford-smith@politics.ox.ac.uk .

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK time) on Monday, 22 May 2017.