School General Manager, School of Architecture

Date advertised

27 July 2022

Closing date

17 August 2022


School of Architecture


School of Architecture Administration

Required hours

Full Time




£42,323 - £46,018 per annum pro rata

The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate institution of art and design, dedicated to teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry. The RCA has been ranked the number one university-level institution for art and design, internationally, for the eighth consecutive year according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2022.

The School of Architecture is led by Dr Adrian Lahoud. 

Located in Kensington, the School of Architecture provides a stimulating and vibrant cultural context for study in one of the world’s leading cities for design and the creative industries. The distinctive College environment offers students the opportunity to realise live projects and to work alongside designers and fine artists in an intensive, postgraduate-only environment. Students are encouraged to extend their material, conceptual and technical skills – expanding the potential of their practice while forming a rich set of networks and creative partnerships able to sustain their future careers.

The design studio provides a critical platform for shaping distinctive forms of practice upon graduation. The project-based pedagogy is supported by historical, theoretical and technical seminars where students are introduced to a wide range of design research methods and approaches. Within each programme, opportunities for external engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration and field work are provided in line with the pedagogical ambitions of students and staff.

We are seeking an outstanding and exceptional School General Manager to work as part of the school leadership team (SLT) to:

* Support the Dean of School in developing and implementing the School strategy. 

* Ensure effective management of School resources and the smooth operation of all School activities.

* Facilitate, coordinate, plan and deploy resource requirements including robust budget control. 

* Act as focal point for liaison with central functions and disseminate information effectively across the school. 

* Manage the administration team.

* Build strong working relationships with senior stakeholders and colleagues based on a collaborative, productive, and highly flexible approach in the delivery of services and solutions, and will be expected to move rapidly at times to deliver multiple and competing projects and tasks.

The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent. In addition, it is essential that candidates have:

* Experience working at a relevant level in an administrative/business management capacity

* Proven line management experience with the ability to define roles and responsibilities, conduct regular 1:1s with the team, appraisals and performance management 

* Experience of contributing to the setting and management of budgets and financial planning, including planning resource allocation, and income maximisation 

* Proven interpersonal and communication skills with a high degree of tact and diplomacy 

* High level of digital literacy and IT skills including productivity suites (Microsoft Office, Google for work), Web/Internet use and financial management   systems 

* Ability to use initiative and work as part of a team 

* Excellent organisational skills 

* Ability to deal positively and constructively with change and to juggle conflicting priorities 

In person interviews are scheduled for the week commencing Tuesday 30th August 2022. 

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The Royal College of Art is an equal opportunities employer. The College particularly welcomes applications from all sections of the community and would particularly encourage members of minority groups to apply.  

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