Vacancy for Academic Administrator

Vacancy for Academic Administrator

Image depicting entrance door to IOCS with window, plus entrance to Wesley House.

The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS) has a vacancy for an experienced part-time administrator to join our team as our Academic Administrator.

IOCS is the pan-Orthodox house for theological studies functioning with the formal approval and blessing of the Pan-Orthodox Episcopal Assembly for Great Britain and Ireland. Founded in 1999, the Institute is the sole Christian Orthodox institution for higher education in the United Kingdom and attracts students and scholars from across the world. IOCS is located on Jesus Lane in the centre of Cambridge.

We are a full member of the Cambridge Theological Federation (CTF), an ecumenical body of 12 colleges and institutions ( As part of the Federation we deliver MA and PhD research degrees together with Anglia Ruskin University. IOCS has close ties with the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity. In addition, we offer a range of non-accredited programmes online, such as our Certificate in Orthodox Christian Studies by distance learning, and we organise public lectures and events on-site or online.

This role primarily supports the work of our three-academic staff and of our 50+ students, and involves office clerical activities and assistance with the development of the current Distance Learning programmes. The Academic Administrator, preferably residing in Cambridge, will be working in the main reception office of Wesley House, so an element of close interaction with our colleagues from Wesley House is inherent to the role.

Your key strengths will include good writing skills as you will need to create accurate documents such as letters, programmes, and publicity content; excellent intercultural communications skills liaising with academic staff, support staff, students and visitors from all over the world ; good systems skills for tasks such as monitoring recruitment enquiries, monitoring student progress and managing bookings for internal courses; and good organisational skills, such as making sure actions agreed in meetings are followed up and reported.

This is a part-time position, in the first instance. You will normally work from 9am to 1pm on Monday to Friday (i.e. 20h / week), but there may be some evening and weekend working for which you can take time off in lieu the following week.

Based on the working hours, the salary is in the range £14,850 – £16,000 with 15 (working) days holiday / annum, plus bank holidays. You will also be entitled to sick pay and 8% pension contributions.

There is a 2-month probation period to the job.

You would be welcome to join in the Institute’s social and prayer life if you wish to be involved but this is not at all obligatory.

To apply or to find out more please email a CV and covering letter for the attention of the Principal, Fr Dragos Herescu, at

You do not have to have any religious affiliation to be a member of the IOCS staff, though it is important you are sympathetic to supporting an intercultural worshipping Christian community and to working within our ethos of encouraging mutual respect and open dialogue.

Closing date: 5pm Monday 17th April 2023

Interviews to be held in the week starting 24 April 2023 (Date to be announced closer to that date).

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