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Job opportunity: RoRI Manager

About RoRI and the role

Initially, RoRI was established as a two-year pilot. From January 2022, it enters a 12-month transition towards a full second phase, during which it will renew or develop partnerships with a range of research funders, scholarly communication and academic partners. It is also likely that RoRI will be established as a legal entity during this transition.

As Institute Manager, you will play a pivotal role in coordinating and supporting RoRI’s operations, as it grows and develops through this transition phase. 

Who we’re looking for


We’re looking for a highly organised, creative and entrepreneurial administrator, able to work effectively with a diverse consortium of international partners. 

You will ideally have some experience of communications, and in arranging meetings and larger events. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to build experience at the heart of a dynamic, supportive and networked team, spread across the University of Sheffield, Leiden University and London partners.

Contract details


Hours: Full-time

Salary: between £32,344 - £40,927 per annum (depending on experience)

Contract: Fixed term contract based at the University of Sheffield

This post is fixed-term for 12 months. Any extension of the role beyond 12 months is reliant on further funding.

How to apply


Please apply through the University of Sheffield’s job portal by Tuesday 4th January. 

Download a detailed person specification and role profile (click ‘About the job’) and click ‘apply’ to begin your application. 

In your application, we’d like you to provide evidence on how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification and role profile.  

For informal enquiries about this role contact RoRI Director, James Wilson.

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Main duties and responsibilities for the role of RoRI Manger


  • Work with senior colleagues and partners to develop and deliver RoRI’s strategy through its transition phase.

  • With RoRI’s Director, oversee day-to-day management of its budget, including financial allocations, forecasting and monitoring of expenditure, linking as appropriate to wider university financial systems.

  • Develop and maintain robust management and monitoring systems for RoRI’s projects and impacts; and ensure regular reporting of progress to RoRI’s Partnership Board.

  • Serve as Board Secretary to RoRI’s Partnership Board, by arranging meetings, scheduling agendas, preparing and circulating minutes.

  • Support the Director, Co-Chairs and Board of RoRI by organising key meetings and appointments, and UK and overseas travel as required.

  • Organise meetings with larger groups of partners and others, and support the organisation of workshops, seminars, conferences and other RoRI events.

  • Liaise with external partners, legal advisers and internal university teams (e.g. for contracts and finance) in support of partnership or project agreements.


  • Develop and support RoRI’s wider communication activities e.g. through assisting with the production of reports, working papers and other outputs.

  • Undertake other activities as required to ensure that the administrative responsibilities of RoRI are met in a timely and efficient manner, working closely with colleagues.

  • Set standards and embed quality of service and professionalism in RoRI’s administrative systems functions, working collaboratively to review and improve processes over time.

  • Manage data archiving and research ethics applications and records, as required.

  • Contribute to the implementation of RoRI objectives through working on projects as required. And through RoRI, contributing to wider Faculty and University strategy and goals.

  • As a member of our Professional staff you will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to the professional behaviours set out in the Sheffield Professional Framework.

  • As a member of staff you will be encouraged to make ethical decisions in your role, embedding the University sustainability strategy into your working activities wherever possible.

  • Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.
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