Job Vacancy - BAJS Executive Secretary

20th Jul 2017

Location London
Campus Russell Square
Post Class Support
Department / Centre Japan Research Centre
Contract Type Fixed Term
Closing date for applications 31 July 2017

Salary range: £24,447 - £27,792 pro-rata per annum

7 hours per week (part-time - 0.2 FTE)

This is a fixed-term contract for one year in the first instance.

The role and its responsibilities

The post holder would report to the BAJS President and Chair, SOAS Japan Research Centre and work closely with the BAJS Council to ensure effective administration of all activities and initiatives, delivery of key messages and to maximize opportunities for meaningful engagement with the association’s members and key stakeholders which support the research and study of Japan.

The main responsibilities will include providing high quality support and co-ordination of the activities and services of the association including:

  • Providing comprehensive administrative support to the BAJS Council. 
  • Supporting in the delivery of activities and services to deliver the needs of the association that build brand awareness, promote BAJS’ reputation and enhance its impact with its members, stakeholders and the wider research community.
  • Supporting the management and development of the association’s communications channels such as the website, social media and e-newsletters to create a thriving and friendly community with a strong profile with members, international Japanese Studies organisation and the wider research community.
  • Playing a key role in implementing an engaging programme of professionally run public education and engagement events that represent and enhance BAJS’ global and domestic brand as a leading association.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with BAJS council members, scholars, academics and the wider external research community.
  • Be the main, regular contact for BAJS enquiries.

Skills and experience

You will be a talented and multi-skilled communicator with strong relationship-building skills. You will be able to prioritise a demanding workload and be capable of taking ownership of projects and delivering to deadlines whilst maintaining accuracy and attention to detail. A professional and creative approach to your work is essential together with a commitment to continuous improvement.

Knowledge of, and a proven interest in Japan, would be advantageous as would proficiency in Japanese.

The post holder would be line managed by the Manager, Centres & Programmes Office, Research & Enterprise Directorate.

Competitive benefits package
As an employer of choice SOAS offers an extensive benefits package including:
• 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and School closure days, pro rata for part time staff
• Pension scheme with generous employer contribution
• Various loan schemes including season ticket loan, IT equipment loan
• Cycle to Work Scheme
• Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay provisions, childcare voucher scheme, financial childcare support

About the SOAS Japan Research Centre

The British Association for Japanese Studies is an association of scholars and researchers dedicated to researching and teaching about Japan, through publication, the organisation of conferences, and the provision of funding to support the research and study of Japan.

In 2017 the SOAS Japan Research Centre (JRC) is to become the new institutional home for the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS).

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please complete the short online application form. Further information can be found in the Job Description and Person Specification, along with a full list of duties and responsibilities.

Completed applications must be received by 23:59 on the closing date to be considered.

Interviews will provisionally be held on 17th August 2017


Please note that it will not be possible for SOAS to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with SOAS, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

If you have any questions or require any assistance with regard to the application process, please contact [email protected].

See this job, and details on the application procedure on the SOAS website.

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