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UCU offers a range of benefits including good working hours, generous annual leave entitlement and membership of a pension scheme. UCU is committed to equality of opportunity. Applications from suitable people with a disability are welcome. London-based employees receive a London allowance. 

Current vacancies

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Please note that CVs in isolation are not accepted.

Current vacancies

Deputy head of people and development

Salary: £55,674 pa. (inc. LW)

UCU is looking for a deputy head for its small, but very busy people and development team, based at its head office in London, NW1.

This is an exciting, broad-based role, encompassing the full range of people and development activities, including acting as back-up in the absence of the team's head. Your key duties will include:

  • contributing to the development and implementation of UCU's policies and procedures
  • providing advice and information to managers and employees
  • assisting with recruitment and selection
  • developing UCU's in-house training programme
  • assisting with UCU's job evaluation processes
  • supporting the work of the union's joint negotiating and industrial relations committees.

You will be CIPD-qualified or hold a similar, relevant professional qualification. In addition, you will have experience of a similar working environment; an understanding of the principles of analytical job evaluation; a good knowledge of employment law and experience of working in a people and development department. You will also have strong interpersonal skills and be committed to equality and inclusion.

To apply, please download an application pack below or email quoting job reference DHP1.

Application pack: Deputy head of people and development (DHP1) [276kb]

Closing date for applications: 25 May 2021 at 10am

Interview date: 10 June 2021