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DIRECTOR, BRITISH SCHOOL AT ATHENS
Please find attached the job advert for the Director of the British
School at Athens. This has gone out on jobs.ac.uk and is on our
website (www.bsa.gla.ac.uk <http://www.bsa.gla.ac.uk/> ).
Applications and nominations are invited for the post of Director of the
British School at Athens (‘School’) from October 1 2007. The School’s
Council seeks an energetic and imaginative person with the drive to develop
and lead this key research institution at the forefront of British
scholarship in Greece. Applicants should be established scholars with
experience of the archaeology or culture of the Hellenic World and/or other
appropriate academic and administrative experience. Adequate knowledge of
Modern Greek is essential.
1. The School is an institution supporting UK research in all aspects of
Greek studies at all levels. The School provides a base, and research
facilities in Athens and Knossos, for postgraduate, postdoctoral and
advanced researchers. The School is situated in the Kolonaki area in the
centre of Athens. It stands in its own grounds (which are contiguous with
those of the American School of Classical Studies), and comprises the
Director’s house, a hostel and library and the Marc and Ismene Fitch
Laboratory for Archaeological Science.
2. The Director is in charge of the School in Greece, as the principal
executive officer and principal accounting officer, and reports to Council
through the Chairman. He/she has overall responsibility for the academic
programme and the administration and financial management of the School in
Duties of the Director include:
? Developing and coordinating the research strategy of the School.
? Facilitating and supporting the research projects sponsored by the School.
? Enabling and assisting with the supervision of the studies and research of
Students of the School.
? Representing and promoting the School in Greece. In particular with the
Archaeological Service, the other Foreign Schools and other academic
The Director would also be expected to:
? Conduct his/her own programme of research
? Act as Co-Editor of the School’s Annual and compile, or supervise the
compiling of, “Archaeology in Greece” for Archaeological Reports.
? Organise the School’s alternating biennial Courses in Greece for Graduate
Students and for Teachers of Classics and Related Subjects in Schools and
such other courses as may be developed.
? Take a central role in fund raising and developing new fund raising
initiatives and other duties as specified in Statutes 28-39 (available on
website or from London office).
3. The Director must reside in Greece for a minimum of eight months a year.
Annual leave amounts to 30 working days plus statutory holidays. The
Director may be absent from Greece for a period or periods not exceeding a
total of six weeks between October 1 and June 30. When absent from Greece,
the Director shall appoint and, when absent for Athens, may appoint the
Assistant Director, Director of the Fitch Laboratory, Curator at Knossos,
or other person approved by the Chairman, to be in charge of the School.
The Director attends the meetings of Council in London and, as
appropriate, meetings of its Committees.
4. The Director shall report regularly to Council on the studies pursued by
himself/herself and by the Students; the state of the School’s finances and
premises; the state of the Library; and all other matters affecting the
interests of the School. In addition Council will invite the Director to
submit recommendations on the strategic development of the School in his or
her first year in post.
Staff of the School in addition to the Director and other academic
staff listed above include the School Secretary, the Librarian, Fitch
Laboratory Fellows, assistant secretaries and Library assistants, and may
include a Housekeeper for the Hostel and domestic staff in Athens and a
part-time Housekeeper at Knossos.
5. The salary (computed at present net of UK Income Tax) will be at an
appropriate point (to be negotiated) within the range of UK non-clinical
professorial salaries. Should a liability to UK or Greek tax be incurred, it
will be reviewed.
If the successful applicant is already a member of USS, he or she will be
able to continue to be part of this pension scheme. If not, the BSA will
offer a range of alternative options for pension provision, depending on
the individual circumstances of the applicant. There will be allowances for
entertainment and travel, and medical insurance for the Director and
his/her partner and dependent children. At the beginning and end of the
contract, the School will pay the fares for the Director and partner and
dependants from and to the UK (together with a grant for a reasonable
amount of personal belongings). Fares for annual leave to the UK will also
be paid for the Director and partner and dependants. Assistance with
schooling arrangements for a Director with children of school age will be
considered. In addition to salary the post carries the benefit of
residence in the Upper House free of rent: the House is also used for
functions relating to the work of the School.
6. The tenure of the post will be discussed with the preferred candidate. It
will be a fixed term appointment of not less than five years. Proposals for
holding the post on secondment (or other affiliation with a UK university)
7. Applicants are asked to submit a CV with a full list of publications and
details of their experience of Greece and Cyprus or other Mediterranean
countries. They should also submit a statement (max. 2000 words) of how they
see the future development of the School in the light of: (i) the School’s
aims, together with the British Academy, (a) to support scholars in the full
range of Greek studies and (b) to consolidate links with UK institutions and
with local scholars in Greece and the other foreign institutes; and (ii) the
need for continuous fund raising to support new research initiatives.
Applicants should include the names of three referees whom they should ask
to send letters of reference to reach the Chairman by 22/09/06.
If they have any queries about the School’s work and the
responsibilities of the Director, the Chairman, Secretary, other officers
of the School or members of Council will be pleased to help.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a presentation and will be
interviewed by a panel appointed by Council. It is hoped to make an
appointment during October 2006.
8. Applications (with eight hard copies ? not by Fax or E-mail) should be
sent to the Chairman, British School at Athens, Senate House, Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HU, to arrive by 15/09/06.
9. Persons with nominations to propose are asked to write at their earliest
convenience to the Chairman.
10. In choosing the Director, Council is not restricted to those who apply
or are nominated.
11. The appointment will be conditional upon a medical examination.
12. The British School at Athens is an employer committed to equal
British School at Athens
London WC1E 7HU
Tel: +44 (0)207 862 8732; E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Dr G. J. Oliver
School of Archaeology, Classics, and Egyptology
12 Abercromby Square
The University of Liverpool
Telephone/answerphone: 0151 794 2444
Fax: 0151 794 2442
Secretary: 0151 794 2438
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Professor Elizabeth Slater,
Professor of Archaeology
School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology,
14 Abercromby Square,
University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7WZ
Dean of Arts,
765, Brownlow Hill
University of Liverpool,
Liverpool, UK L69 7ZX
tel +44 (0)151 794 2457/2466
fax +44 (0)151 794 2226/2454