Advertising the role

All posts over nine months in duration, and those that are likely to become permanent, must be advertised as part of the university's commitment to equality of opportunity. The Online Recruitment Request form will ask you to provide draft advert wording for your role.

Drafting an advert

The job advertisement is the point at which a candidate will initially learn of the vacancy and make a decision of whether to apply based on the information provided. The advertisement is therefore key in attracting suitable candidates for the role and selling the opportunity to work at York St John to them.

The suggested format of the job advertisement includes:

  • An introduction to the university
  • Summary of the overall purpose of the role
  • The key tasks / duties that the postholder will undertake
  • The knowledge, key skills and behaviours required for the role

HR will add wording to inform the candidates of the benefits available to them and instructions detailing how to apply.

Please refer to our guidance on Drafting a job advertisement - guidance for managers (DOCx, 32.7KB) for further advice.

Duration of advert

Usually posts are advertised for two weeks to an internal and external audience.  Where it is felt appropriate to advertise to an internal audience only, for example if the role is a development opportunity, the role would be open for one week only.

If an identical post was advertised within the previous four months and an appointable candidate identified it is not necessary to re-advertise.

Advertising media

We use a variety of media sources to advertise vacancies at York St John University, depending on the type of role you are recruiting for.

All vacancies

All vacancies will be advertised on the York St John University, Times Higher Education, Vercida (Diversity Jobs), Indeed, Glassdoor and Find a Job websites.

Vacancies grade 4 and above

All vacancies grade 4 and above will also be advertised on

Specialist recruitment websites

If you would like to advertise on any specialist recruitment websites please contact HR to discuss the options available.  Please note that the department will bear the cost of any associated fees.

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