Dean, School of Global Urban and Social Studies

RMIT University
Melbourne (LGA), Greater Melbourne (Inner) (AU)
Salary will be competitive with market rate and negotiable depending upon experience.

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise in which teaching, research and engagement are central to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing experiences for its students. One of Australia’s original educational institutions founded in 1887, RMIT University now has 83,000 students including 12,000 at postgraduate level.

The University’s purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for its students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching, and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

The College of Design and Social Context encompasses RMIT University’s renowned art, architecture, design, built environment, communication, and social science disciplines. The college has 24,500 students and over 1,000 staff located in 9 schools. See here for further information.

The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) is one of RMIT’s largest schools and provides teaching programs in multiple discipline areas, from undergraduate to PhDs. The School’s vision is to contribute to a just and sustainable world.  It delivers education, training, and research activity in four areas of focus:

  • Social work, youth work, community services and social policy
  • Sustainability and urban planning, including Housing
  • Global and international studies, languages, translating and interpreting
  • Criminal justice, legal and dispute studies, and human rights

Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Design and Social Context, the Dean is responsible for the leadership, direction and management of the School. The Dean has a particular responsibility for integrating activities across organisational boundaries and disciplines to meet the needs of students and industry, through tailored programs or outcome-related research. The postholder is expected to provide academic leadership in the University, in their discipline/professional field, in respect of teaching and learning, research, involvement with relevant professional groups, and community service. This position will contribute to the strategic direction-setting of the College by working collaboratively with other relevant members of the College Executive to plan and develop programs and commercial activities and to ensure the viability of the School's activity.

  • A PhD or demonstrated equivalence, combined with knowledge and achievements that meet professorial criteria;
  • a demonstrated ability to develop and implement a successful vision and business plan for the School, which integrates with the College and University;
  • significant professional standing in areas relevant to the School including demonstrated capacity to build and foster research within the disciplines;
  • successful experience in managing and developing a large complement of academic, administrative and technical staff including the implementation of effective governance structures with transparent and accountable decision making processes;
  • outstanding leadership skills, including capacity to initiate, lead and manage change in a challenging and dynamic environment while striving to achieve strategic objectives;
  • knowledge and successful experience in financial and resources management;
  • demonstrated leadership ability to enhance the standing of the School and College locally, nationally and internationally including a significant record of achievement in research and publication;
  • outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to collaborate, network and build relationships within the organisation and with external stakeholders;
  • proven ability to combine a collegial style with decisive, clear thinking, creative solutions, and practical implementation strategies; and
  • capacity to build teamwork and foster a collegial environment.

To learn more about this opportunity, please reach out to Nicole Arnold at [email protected] for an informal conversation.

The deadline for receipt of applications is midday on Monday, 06 June 2022.

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link below.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community, and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact Society telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

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