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Workforce & Organisational Development Director

University of Leeds
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Competitive salary
Closing date
18 Mar 2024

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Public Sector, Public Healthcare
Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Director / Head / VP
Specialist Area
Organisational Development, Workforce
CIPD Membership
Non CIPD member

Job Details

The University of Leeds has been entrusted by the UK government to spearhead the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Research Delivery Network Coordinating Centre. This prestigious endeavour, joined by 12 Regional Delivery Networks across the nation, will form the NIHR Research Delivery Network (RDN). Operating as a unified organisation, we aim to balance regional expertise with national strategy, serving as a beacon for health, public health, and social care research.

Position Overview

As a key member of the RDN national leadership team, you'll drive visible, dynamic, and effective senior leadership, focusing on workforce and organisational development. You'll shape and lead initiatives to foster inclusion, professional development, and continuous improvement across the RDN.

Key Responsibilities

Shape and lead the development of inclusion, workforce, and organisational development across the RDN. Embed inclusivity, drive innovation, and foster a culture of continuous improvement and shared learning. Provide visible, dynamic, and effective senior leadership in workforce and organisational development. Collaborate with other Directors to ensure the network functions as a unified organisation with a shared purpose and vision across England.

What We’re Looking for:

Strong strategic thinking and planning skills coupled with effective operational implementation abilities. Inspirational leadership qualities with the ability to influence stakeholders across diverse settings. Comfortable navigating multifaceted organisational landscapes and driving change beyond conventional hierarchies. Strong understanding of health and care research delivery policy and practice Commitment to maximising health and care research for the benefit of patients and the public. Join Us in Shaping the Future of Health Research!

This national role offers substantial travel opportunities across the UK and possibly internationally. If you're ready to make a lasting impact and lead the future of health and care research, join us at the University of Leeds.

Apply Now to Be our Workforce & Organisational Development Director and Lead the Charge Towards a Healthier Future!

To apply for this role, please visit our website via the apply button provided.

Closing date: 18th March 2024.



Our Benefits

As a member of staff at the University of Leeds you’ll have access to a diverse range of benefits to help support your lifestyle. Some of these include: 

  • Annual Leave: 26 days paid holiday every year. Plus approximately 16 days off for bank holidays and days when the University is closed (depending on how many hours you work and our campus closure schedule);
  • Work Life/Family Balance: A commitment to helping you achieve a work life balance, including flexible working opportunities; generous family leave packages, including maternity, paternity, adoption/surrogacy and parental/partner leave; an award winning on-campus nursery, Bright Beginnings, and childcare voucher scheme;
  • Skills Development: Access to professional, personal and leadership development, including a high quality Organisational Development and Professional Learning (OD&PL) provision and Staff Review & Development Scheme;
  • Pensions: Access to one of three competitive pension schemes, with generous employer contributions;
  • Facilities: An impressive range of facilities such as The Edge gym: a £12 million pound fitness centre, pool, climbing wall and sports halls all located on campus; an award-winning student union, including a supermarket, beauticians, cafes and bars; one of the UK’s largest and most renowned libraries;
  • Reward and Recognition: Competitive pay structures and reward policies;
  • Discounts and Expense Schemes: Save on shopping, public transport, cycling, healthcare and financial services. We can also help you with the cost of relocating to the local region (depending on meeting the eligibility criteria);
  • Events: We hold events, exhibitions, seminars and lectures on a range of different topics, many of which are free.  

Find out what else is available to you by visiting our website.


Our Culture

As a new employee we will help you settle in through a central welcome event, local induction activities and online learning packages. Whilst our monthly Reporter magazine, regular events and annual staff festival will help keep you updated and involved in the wider community.

The way we work together is shaped by our values of academic excellence, community, professionalism, integrity and inclusiveness. We have a constant commitment to collegiality, mutual respect, openness and transparency and continuous improvement in the services we provide.

We are committed, through our equity and diversity plans, to celebrating the diversity of members of the University and maximising their potential, underpinned by an emphasis on equality of opportunity.

We see our students as partners and this spirit stretches across our teaching to the way decisions are made about the University. Together, staff and students have created the Partnership, which sets out the mutual expectations of us all as members of the University.


Welcome to Yorkshire 

If you are unfamiliar with the city of Leeds, and the surrounding counties in Yorkshire, our Relocate website contains a wealth of information on the region.

If you are relocating to the area, whether nationally or internationally, the site also contains lots of practical information on life in the UK, including immigration, finance and healthcare, to help make your move as easy as possible.

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