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Head of Human Resources

Salary & benefits appropriate to an educational charity

Oriel College is looking for a Head of Human Resources. Are you up for the challenge? We are looking for an experienced professional who will bring technical expertise and creative problem solving to a highly entertaining role. Oriel College wants to create the best environment for its community to flourish and that will require strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with an enthusiasm for, and sensitivity to, the College’s academic mission and the higher education context.

The Oriel College team is friendly, hardworking and highly professional, and enjoys the unique opportunities that come with supporting world-class academics. Reporting to the Treasurer, you will join as a key member of her senior management team, supported by an HR Officer, and will have wide HR responsibilities for both academic and non-academic staff.

Applications are invited from senior HR professionals with a broad range of up-to-date HR experience and knowledge.  We are upgrading our systems as part of our drive to provide an enjoyable and modern HR experience for our teams, so an understanding of what technology can do for us, and an excitement to embrace new ways of working will be essential for our new Head of HR

Previous experience in an academic institution is not essential and applicants may come from a wide range of backgrounds. If this sounds like you, and you are ready to bring energy and enthusiasm to a satisfying and rewarding role, please get in touch.

To download further details, including how to apply, visit

The closing date for applications is Monday 2nd October 2023.

Oriel College is an equal-opportunity employer

How to Apply

Please apply by email to our retained consultant, David Richards of OCT Associates (

If you would like to learn more about this opportunity before deciding whether to apply, you are strongly encouraged to contact David to arrange a time for a phone conversation.

Applications should comprise a detailed CV together with a short covering letter (no more than two pages in normal font).  This should explain your interest in the role, and particularly highlight what might make you stand out from others as a strong candidate (why you should get the job, rather than merely why you could do it.)  You are requested also to give details of your current remuneration.

In your covering letter, please give details of any days on which you would not be available for interview within the periods set out below.

Though not mandatory, we also ask you to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, available for download separately.  This form is for monitoring purposes only.  It will be kept separately from the rest of your application and will not seen by the panel involved in short-listing or selection decisions.

Since we will correspond with you by email and phone, please ensure that you provide us with an email address and phone numbers that you are happy for us to use for this purpose.  Please provide a mobile phone contact if possible.

Closing date: Monday, 2nd October 2023 (09.00 UK time)

The College exists to promote excellence in education and research and is actively committed to the principle of equality of opportunity for all suitably qualified candidates.