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Sydney Horizon Educators (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education)

University of Sydney
Sydney (LGA), New South Wales (AU)
Base Salary Level D AUD $174,618 p.a. - $192.371 p.a. + 17% superannuation

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Associate Professor (Education focused) Academic Quality and Compliance

  • Full time continuing academic Associate Professor Education Focused position at The University of Sydney
  • Opportunity to provide academic leadership in Academic Quality and Compliance
  • Base Salary Level D $174,618 p.a. - $192.371 p.a. + 17% superannuation + access to up to AUD$30K to support education-related activities, including education-related research and education-related professional development and learning

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney welcomes applications for Sydney Horizon Educators in the academic disciplines outlined below, during an exciting and innovative time. With the introduction of the new University of Sydney Enterprise Agreement 2023-26, the University has committed to establishing and advertising new continuing education-focused (EF) academic position in Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education. 

Successful candidates will join the Sydney Horizon Educators cohort. For further insights into this exciting opportunity, we invite you to watch this video.

The DVC Education portfolio supports the development and implementation of the University’s strategy and vision for teaching and learning and students’ educational experience. The portfolio contributes to institution-wide developments aimed at improving student learning, including the University’s approach to curriculum renewal, new thinking in pedagogy, learning and teaching analytics, eLearning, and quality assurance for learning and teaching. Its primary functions include professional learning and support for educational excellence and innovation; academic enrichment through curricular and co-curricular programs; and strategic, policy, analytics and administrative support in implementing and monitoring the University’s vision for learning and teaching.

We are seeking a dedicated and experienced individual for the role of Associate Professor (Education focused) Academic Quality and Compliance to provide comprehensive insight, knowledge and academic leadership in quality assurance and regulatory compliance. This role will have a particular focus on academic quality matters in relation to Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) registration/re-registration and Federal and State Government and their Departments of Education. In this continuing role, you will play a pivotal part in mitigating risks associated with regulatory matters and ensuring the University's ongoing compliance with accreditation standards. This position holds significant importance given the expanding scope of regulatory requirements, including heightened expectations for re-registration, increased inquiries from TEQSA, and the evolving landscape of legislative frameworks such as the University Accord and Support for Students legislation. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with a range of senior colleagues in the Education Portfolio and faculties and be responsible for academic oversight of a risk-based quality framework to guide the University in maintaining high standards of academic quality and compliance.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • provide strategic academic leadership and guidance to the University Executive, Academic Board and Faculties and Schools across the University to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, particularly in the context of registration and re-registration processes
  • provide academic leadership in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a comprehensive risk-based quality framework to assess and address potential risks to accreditation and regulatory compliance
  • monitor and analyse regulatory developments and trends to proactively identify areas for improvement and ensure alignment with best academic practices and standards
  • collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, including regulatory bodies such as TEQSA, to address inquiries and facilitate successful outcomes related to accreditation and compliance
  • prepare reports and presentations for senior management and governing bodies to communicate the University's compliance status and risk mitigation strategies effectively
  • lead and support academic initiatives to enhance awareness and understanding of regulatory requirements and quality assurance principles among staff and stakeholders
  • stay abreast of emerging regulatory issues, legislative changes, and industry trends to inform academic decision-making and ensure ongoing compliance with regulatory standards.

About you 

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talented academics who align to these values and who will lead our teaching and research work at the university in the years to come. You will join a dynamic, engaged group in a highly collaborative and supportive teaching and research environment.   

We are looking for an Associate Professor (Education focused) Academic Quality and Compliance, who:

  • holds a Doctorate or PhD in a pertinent field, underscoring a robust theoretical and practical comprehension of academic quality and regulatory compliance within higher education and, ideally, within the Australian context
  • exhibits a remarkable capacity for collaborative leadership, serving as a senior academic leader to drive initiatives focused on enhancing educational quality and ensuring adherence to regulatory standards
  • has experience in navigating complex regulatory landscapes, with the ability to champion innovation and continuous improvement in academic practices, leveraging digital technologies where applicable.

Demonstrating a proactive approach to staying informed about emerging trends and evidence-based practices, you will:

  • provide institutional leadership for strategic changes aimed at optimizing academic quality across all teaching and learning domains
  • bring extensive experience in senior leadership roles within academic settings, demonstrating a proven ability to collaborate effectively, and
  • develop and implement strategic plans tailored to meet the evolving needs of the institution while effectively managing change processes with proficiency.


Pre-employment checks 
Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role-required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

EEO statement 
At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTQIA+. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds, including women. 

We are proud to be recognised as an Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) Gold employer. Find out more about our work on diversity and inclusion.  

How to apply 

Please prepare and upload a statement indicating how you believe you meet the criteria outlined in the advertisement (maximum 3 A4 pages) and a CV which can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Current employees of the University or a contingent worker with access to Workday, please login into your Workday account and navigate to the Career icon on your Dashboard. Click on USYD Find Jobs and apply. 

Anticipated timelines 

Please refer to the Recruitment Guidelines for key information about this recruitment campaign.

Contact Information

For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or any documents in alternate formats, please contact Rae Hao, Recruitment Consultant. Recruitment Operations, Human Resources on +61 2 8627 0063 or by email

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment. 

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