Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

Auckland, New Zealand
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 14 March 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Become AUT's new chief academic officer
  • Lead key strategic change, deal with complexity and drive outcomes
  • Be the principal deputy to the Vice-Chancellor

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is vibrant, achievement-oriented and a rewarding place to work. As one of the world's top 40 young universities and New Zealand's newest, we're poised for the next stage of development. We offer a stimulating teaching and research environment with strong connections to government, business and industry.  AUT has over 29,000 students and around 3000 staff across our three teaching campuses and is located in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland­ - consistently ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities.

Become our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic is the university's chief academic officer. Learning is at the forefront of what we do, our teaching environment drives our strategy, and we work to ensure this is respected and admired. In this outstanding opportunity, you will lead and develop the University's capabilities, reputation and provision for continued high-quality academic development and student support. This is focussed particularly on the strategic direction of the university's education and on strengthening integrated academic practice in terms of teaching, research and service. As such, you will play a central leadership role in driving our commitment to provide remarkable learning experiences for all students.

Key focus areas include:

  • Lead, shape and drive the strategy and development of AUT's academic portfolio, this includes articulating a clear direction and providing leadership consistent with the University's vision, strategic direction and desired culture
  • Plan, lead and manage academic performance across the University, including cross-university cohesion and continuous improvement in curriculum development
  • Lead and develop our academic administration, including chairing academic committees and reviewing and improving academic processes
  • Work closely with relevant leaders to provide a student-centred educational experience

As the senior deputy to the Vice-Chancellor, you will act for him in his absence. You will work very closely and collaboratively with the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, the Deans and Pro Vice-Chancellors of the five university faculties, and with the Pro Vice Chancellor Māori Advancement and Assistant Vice-Chancellor Pacific Advancement. You will also be assisted by a number of key reports including the Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching, the Academic Director, the University Librarian, the Group Director Student Services and the Head of Student Success.

This role enables freedom and autonomy and embraces energy and ideas to make things happen. You will be recognised as an effective academic leader, visionary and aspirational, displaying attributes of trustworthiness, confidence and kindness. Your ability to listen, connect, collaborate and influence will be critical - as is your level of strong respect for others coupled with an open and engaging attitude that is flexible to changing requirements. You'll enhance the positive energy within the University, value diversity and work inclusively. A resolute, robust and positive attitude is essential.

For further information please ensure to review the extensive information pack available for this appointment, which includes a position description. 

Applications and Selection Criteria

We welcome applications from senior academics of high standing with significant senior academic (or other relevant) leadership and staff management experience. We request applicants submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including full publication record) and a statement addressing the following key selection criteria:

  1. A record of distinguished academic achievement and research appropriate for appointment as a professor. A PhD (or equivalent) is expected.
  2. Extensive senior academic (or other relevant) leadership experience, ideally both within and outside New Zealand. This must include a minimum of five years in senior academic management roles, for example: leading a significant university division (either a faculty, very large school or a central division). Please highlight success developing and sustaining growth.
  3. Significant experience leading key strategic changes demonstrating an excellent understanding of operational, cultural and environmental change management.
  4. Outstanding resilience, interpersonal, negotiation and diplomacy skills, combined with a coaching and consultative approach to leadership. Please briefly discuss one situation when you recently demonstrated these competencies.
  5. Applicants are also welcome to add further comments of their own they may feel of relevance.

Further Information:

  • Start Date - the successful candidate would ideally be able to join AUT in the second half of 2021.
  • The successful candidate will secure a 5-year renewable term. A competitive remuneration package will be agreed with the successful applicant, commensurate with skills and experience.
  • Applicants should also provide names, contact details and clarification of relationship for at least three potential referees. Referees will not be contacted without the prior consent of the applicant.
  • For recruitment enquiries or a confidential discussion, contact Mike Wood - AUT Executive Recruitment Partner

Advertising closes: Sunday, 14 March 2021 at 23:55 pm (New Zealand Standard Time). We expect interviews to take place during April and May 2021.

Please note: In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed travel restrictions and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved isolation/quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate will be able to participate in the recruitment process although remote options will be in place.Visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website, for further information and updates on the border restrictions.

At AUT we strive to be a place where people love to work and learn. We are committed to inclusivity and the Treaty of Waitangi and aspire to be the University of choice for Māori and Pacific communities. We welcome people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic situations and accessibility needs.

Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online application process. For further information, please send us an enquiry here or call 921 9499. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email. You will need to apply through the standard registration process.