The role of a Group Director
Being a Group Director (GD) at the Oxford Summer School Foundation Programme is both rewarding and challenging for the individual whilst being developmental to those undertaking this role. Training and support is provided to the new GDs under the direction of the Chair and Vice Chair of the School.
The Ideal Candidate
As the Foundation Programme is targeted to newer, less experienced first-line managers the ideal GD should have a bias towards training and development whilst still having a good commercial backgound.
Skills and Attributes
- A competent coach and trainer with good facilitation skills
- Strong mentoring skills with a nurturing style
- Competent in recognising where delegates require further support with an exercise and ensuring delegates fulfill their own objectives and those of the school
- An ability to steer the group through ambiguity using positive methods of motivation
- A broad array of experiences to be able to share with the group and build on the themes of the days ensuring relevance to their current roles
- Leadership and line management experience beneficial but not essential if strong training skills exist
- Strong organisational skills to keep the group on track
- Good teamwork skills to work effectively with other GDs and support the GD team
Requirements and commitment of a GD
- Commitment and willingness to study the work programme and prepare yourself for the week
- Be able to attend both GD training days