Human Resources

Assistant to Director, Leo Baeck Institute - London

Department: School of History
Salary: £32,000 per annum pro rata (Grade 4)
Reference: London
Date posted: 12-Dec-2017
Closing date: 08-Jan-2018


The Leo Baeck Institute London, based at Queen Mary University of London seeks a part-time Assistant to Director for 2.5 days per week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). This is a fixed-term position for two years starting in March 2018 with a salary of £32,000 per annum pro rata.

Members of the Leo Baeck Institute London conduct and support research into the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry from the 17th century to the present day. The Institute aims to facilitate academic exchange among all of those engaged in understanding the history and culture of German-speaking Jews in Europe and throughout its diaspora. The LBI London also encourages the study of the German and European Jewish experience from the 17th to the 21st centuries to help understand contemporary socio-political debates concerning immigration, minorities, integration, and civil rights.

Teaching and research capacities expanded significantly with the move in 2011 from its historic home in central London to Queen Mary, University of London. Since then the LBI London has established German- and European-Jewish History and Culture as a teaching and research field at the School of History at Queen Mary. The LBI London remains an independent institute and is a registered charity under English law.

The Assistant will directly report to the Director of the Institute and his/her duties will include:

- identifying funding sources, preparing funding proposals and assisting generally in the fundraising efforts of the LBI in coordination with the director and members of the executive

- assisting in the development and organisation of new academic events

- assisting in the preparation of academic publications

- maintaining and establishing contacts to other academic institutions in the UK and abroad

An MA graduate (essential) or holder of a PhD in a field related to the research interests of the institute, keen to gain insights and acquire the management skills required to operate a small successful academic institute. Previous work experience will be essential as the role will have limited supervision and the successful candidate must be a self-starter and able to operate on their own initiative.

Stakeholders with whom the candidate will collaborate include, trustees, board members and other academics working in the field of German and European Jewish studies in the UK, Europe, North America and Israel.

An important part of the role will be obtaining and maintaining contacts with senior academic and non-academic individuals predominantly in the fields of fundraising and grant awards, primarily in the UK. Some of the work will require a good working knowledge of German, so a reasonable degree of fluency in the German language and empathy with the aims and objectives of the Institute would be mandatory.

Good interpersonal skills are essential and must be able to work well in a team.

The role is based at the Institute’s Office at 2nd Floor, Arts Two Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London E1 4NS. Benefits include 5 weeks holiday pro-rata, Statutory Sick Pay and Statutory Pension only.

Please apply until Monday, 8th January 2018 with your CV, relevant certificates and a motivational letter via email to:  

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