Junior Bursar, Trinity College Cambridge

Trinity College wishes to appoint an outstanding individual to the post of Junior Bursar who will work collegially with the other officers in the leadership of the College to enhance our provisions of education, learning and research.  The new Junior Bursar will be an inspirational general manager of people and projects who has the knowledge and experience to help develop and implement the College’s overall strategy, can command the respect of its distinguished fellowship, has the credibility to lead a diverse and able group of staff, the willingness to engage supportively with our students and the discretion, flexibility and good humour to react to unforeseen events.

Trinity College, founded in 1546 by Henry VIII, is the largest College in the University of Cambridge, has some 700 undergraduates, 350 postgraduates, 200 Fellows and 350 non-academic staff.  With a history that includes Newton and Byron, the College is a university within a university that excels academically in the sciences and the arts.  It attracts students and scholars from around the globe and provides an environment in which they can flourish.

The College operates under three executive officers: the Senior Tutor (academic and pastoral); Senior Bursar (investment); and Junior Bursar (internal running of the College – support staff, buildings, accounts).  The historic titles ‘Senior’ and ‘Junior’ Bursar do not imply any hierarchy, and the roles do not overlap significantly.  The officers are members of and report weekly in term time to the College Council, chaired by the Master (Sir Gregory Winter), which also includes the Vice-Master and nine elected Fellows.  The Council, which is the Board of Charity Trustees of the College, scrutinizes the recommendations of the officers and makes the formal decisions following from them.

Day-to-Day business is delegated to the following departments for which the Junior Bursar takes overall responsibility:

The Bursary;

The Human Resources Department;

The Accommodation Office;

The Works Department;

The Housekeeping Department;

The Porters’ Lodge.

The Junior Bursar additionally co-ordinates policy on all staff employment matters and plays a role liaising with and advising the IT Department, the Catering Department, the Library, and the Alumni Relations and Development Office.

The Junior Bursar is responsible for the main domestic (Internal Revenue) accounts of the College.

While day-to-day management of accommodation (office space as well as residential) is handled by the Accommodation Office, difficult and delicate issues of priority can arise and the Junior Bursar can find it necessary to intervene personally.

The College buildings are maintained by the Works staff and serviced by the Housekeeping staff, each with their own Head of Department.  External accommodation is maintained and administered by the College agents, working directly to the Junior Bursar.

The Junior Bursar is Secretary of the Buildings Committee, responsible for the routine maintenance and repair of all of the College buildings (most of which are Listed, many at Grade I) and major projects of renovation, assisted by the Clerk of Works, the Capital Projects Manager and by external agents and consultants.

The College porters are supervised by the Head Porter, who reports directly to the Junior Bursar.  They are the “first responders” responsible for protecting College members and providing a safe and secure environment.  The Porters’ Lodge is staffed 24/7 and normally the College’s first point of contact for the outside world.

The Junior Bursar is available to individual students at regular ‘surgery’ hours each week during Full Term.  As well as consulting with the graduate and undergraduate student bodies on matters such as room rents and student facilities, he or she is a member of the Liaison Committee, which is the main vehicle for communication with the junior members of the College. The Junior Bursar is also available to individual Fellows, either by appointment or informally in the Fellows’ Parlour or over dinner or lunch.

The successful applicant will be expected to have a capacity to work with people at all levels both inside and outside of the College, and to be in a clear position of authority.


Terms and conditions

The person appointed will be elected a Fellow of the College and will become a member of the College Council and of several College committees.  He or she will be expected to live within a reasonable distance and certainly not more than 20 miles from the College.

The appointment will be initially for a period of three years.  If, at the end of that period, the person has carried out his or her duties to the satisfaction of the Council, the appointment will be confirmed.

The stipend of the Junior Bursar will be £92,903 per annum, reviewed whenever there is a review of College stipends, and will be superannuated.

The Fellowship carries additional benefits, including a housing allowance, certain free meals in Hall, and health insurance.

The successful candidate will take up his or her duties as soon as practicable, if possible in time to prepare for the start of the Michaelmas term at the beginning of October 2018.



Letters of application and CVs, including contact details for two referees, should be sent by Monday 9 July 2018 to the Vice-Master, Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ, JuniorBursar.Enquiries@trin.cam.ac.uk, who may also be contacted for information by phone on (01223) 338539.

Interviews will be held at the College during the week beginning 16 July 2018.

The College is an equal opportunities employer.