Dean, School of Design

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

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Faculty Jobs
Arts & Humanities, Design
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Specialized Institutions

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 Design consolidates RMIT’s design fields of Communication Design, Industrial Design, and Digital Design (animation, games and interactive Design). While maintaining a focus on these disciplines, we embrace innovative approaches to interdisciplinary work. It works closely with industry, the cultural sector, and communities, including research collaborations, internships and partnered studios.

Its facilities include:

  • Digital Design Studios – brand new animation and games design studios with a state-of-the-art media precinct home to industry-standard technology;
  • Communication Design Studios - Dedicated studio facilities with state-of-the-art design and printing equipment. Access to photography, editing and production suites for cross-discipline projects;
  • Industrial Design Studios - World class industrial design facilities tailored for orientations of service emulating global best practice.

The Dean of the School of Design will provide strategic and academic leadership to the School through ensuring the continuous improvement of the School’s learning and teaching activities as well as managing its research and development activities. Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Design and Social Context, the post-holder will work collaboratively as a member of the College and University Executive Team and facilitate innovation, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary engagement within and beyond the School.

  • A PhD or demonstrated equivalence, combined with knowledge and achievements that meet the professorial criteria;
  • a demonstrated ability to develop and implement a successful vision and business plan for the School, which aligns with the College and University strategic plans;
  • 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 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;
  • capacity to exercise academic leadership to enhance the standing of the School and College locally, nationally, and internationally including a significant record of achievement in research, publication and/or creative works.
  • 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;
  • Capacity to build teamwork and a collegial environment.

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 Design consolidates RMIT’s design fields of Communication Design, Industrial Design, and Digital Design (animation, games and interactive Design). While maintaining a focus on these disciplines, we embrace innovative approaches to interdisciplinary work. It works closely with industry, the cultural sector, and communities, including research collaborations, internships and partnered studios.

Its facilities include:

  • Digital Design Studios – brand new animation and games design studios with a state-of-the-art media precinct home to industry-standard technology;
  • Communication Design Studios - Dedicated studio facilities with state-of-the-art design and printing equipment. Access to photography, editing and production suites for cross-discipline projects;
  • Industrial Design Studios - World class industrial design facilities tailored for orientations of service emulating global best practice.

The Dean of the School of Design will provide strategic and academic leadership to the School through ensuring the continuous improvement of the School’s learning and teaching activities as well as managing its research and development activities. Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Design and Social Context, the post-holder will work collaboratively as a member of the College and University Executive Team and facilitate innovation, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary engagement within and beyond the School.

  • A PhD or demonstrated equivalence, combined with knowledge and achievements that meet the professorial criteria;
  • a demonstrated ability to develop and implement a successful vision and business plan for the School, which aligns with the College and University strategic plans;
  • 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 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;
  • capacity to exercise academic leadership to enhance the standing of the School and College locally, nationally, and internationally including a significant record of achievement in research, publication and/or creative works.
  • 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;
  • Capacity to build teamwork and a collegial environment.

To learn more about this opportunity, please reach out to Emily Payne on [email protected] for an informal conversation.

The deadline for receipt of applications is midday on Monday, 13 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 we 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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