China Institute Officer

United Kingdom
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 28, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Job Purpose The China Institute is a central hub for Chinese interests at the University of Birmingham. Our goal is to bring together people, ideas, funding, research and academic excellence to help create opportunities for those keen to discover what China has to offer. It also plays a key role to celebrating the influence of Chinese culture upon the University.

The post holder will play a crucial role in planning, running, and developing China Institute activities both in the UK and in China, including partnership management, and the development and management to conclusion of specific projects critical to the continued development of the University’s position within China. Person Specification Knowledge, Skills & Experience for the Role

Level of knowledge and/or educational qualifications required:

• Educated to Degree level
• Experience of working in international markets
• Computer literate
• Familiarity with social media a bonus

Skills/Attributes required:

• Excellent interpersonal skills with the capability and confidence to lead and motivate colleagues, and build effective and trusting relations
• Willingness to travel to China to meet project partners
• Able to prospect for opportunity aligned to China Institute strategic objectives.
• Problem solving and organizational skills to formulate operational plans, and deal with complex situations, seeking appropriate advice and support when necessary
• Positive and adaptable to change
• Communicate opportunity to internal stakeholders, develop and implement solution
• Consensus building
• Excellent communication skills up and down the line
• Excellent organisation skills, including good time management and prioritisation and the ability of think methodically
• A determination to deliver a customer focused service
• Excellent interpersonal skills, to be able to deal professionally and efficiently with contacts at all levels, whether dealing with students, academic staff, or external contacts such as overseas partners, vice-chancellors/embassy officials
• Excellent oral (including tactful and confident telephone manner) and written communication skills
• Accuracy and attention to detail
• Ability to work on own initiative, manage time effectively, progress tasks concurrently and work to deadlines
• Computer-literate: articulate, confident and competent in the use of database systems, electronic communications, spreadsheets
• Cultural sensitivity: awareness of the international perspective of the work of the Office in terms of the diversity of the student body and our relationships with overseas organisations.
• Strong planning and project management skills
• Experience of working in an educational establishment
• Working knowledge of international partnership development

Level of previous experience required:

• Experience of working across international markets
• Detailed understanding of University working environment
• Familiar with aspects of University work across
• Ability to interview and interact with academics and to generate content
• Experience in the budget administration and monitoring
• Experience in delivering events from start to finish including promotion, running and appropriate content
• Experience in high level meetings
• Linguistic capabilities a bonus

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