Senior Lecturer in Leadership & Leadership Development

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Birmingham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Feb 2021

Birmingham Leadership Institute
Senior Lecturer in Leadership & Leadership Development
Grade 9
Permanent Contract
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £51,034 to £59,135. With potential progression once in post to £77,108 a year.

The Birmingham Leadership Institute (BLI) has a compelling purpose: to make a substantive contribution to developing leadership at all levels capable of making progress on the most pressing challenges we face. A major new initiative of the University of Birmingham, the BLI is recruiting key staff to ensure that we are fully operational for our formal launch in Autumn 2021. We will be based in the The Exchange – a new city centre campus for the University of Birmingham designed to facilitate engagement with the city of Birmingham, its citizens and the wider world.

The BLI’s focus is leadership embracing complexity. We pursue research and reflection-on-practice that deepens understanding about the nature of the leadership required in complex contexts and, crucially, how it can be effectively developed. Our starting position is that leadership is a practice rather than a position. We are as interested in community-based or activist leadership as we are in the leadership of CEOs. We are clear that we are seeking to better understand and enable leadership that is collaborative, responsible and inclusive.

As Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Associate Professor) you will be expected to play a substantive role in shaping the direction of our research, leadership development and public programmes. You will be joining a deliberately interdisciplinary and boundary-spanning Institute that takes collaborative work with colleagues across the College of Social Sciences and the University more broadly as central to its mission. You will be working with our extensive and diverse network of Hon. Fellows – practitioners who contribute their time and experience to support the BLI’s research and leadership development activity.

The successful candidate could come from any relevant leadership discipline and will be attached to most relevant School within the College of Social Sciences i.e. Government, Business, Education or Social Policy. We are particularly interested in candidates keen to pursue practice-based research that supports evidence-based leadership development pedagogies. We are actively seeking to recruit people from a diverse range of backgrounds, including those who have come to academia from other relevant professions.

The successful candidate will hold a higher degree (usually a PhD) in a relevant discipline. They will have a track record of excellence, commensurate with the seniority of the position, of publications and/or leadership development and/or research funding, management and supervision. 

This is a rare opportunity to join a high-profile Institute and to play a key role in shaping its direction and focus. We are looking for someone who is excited by this opportunity and is committed to working across and beyond the University to bring it to life.

Access to the full job description and person specification will be available via the University’s recruitment portal. Please visit:       

The closing date for applications is Sunday 21 February 2021. Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy early once a sufficient number of applications have been received. 

Interviews will be held virtually on Thursday 11 March and Friday 12 March 2021.   

For further information please contact Professor Christopher Pietroni, .  

The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunity employer.

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