Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences

  • Enhance the face of Health at AUT
  • Lead key strategic change in a complex environment
  • Be a key member of the Vice-Chancellor's senior leadership team

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 (NZ's) largest city, Auckland­ - consistently ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities.

Become the Dean of our Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences

We are seeking a visionary new Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor to provide outstanding strategic, academic and people leadership as the head of our Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, guiding it through a period of regeneration as we aim to be one of Australasia's pre-eminent Health faculties. The Faculty already provides more degree educated clinical professionals to NZ's health sector than any other medical or health school in the country, and this is the perfect time to join and make hugely significant academic and cultural impact. You will lead a team of 11 direct reports and approximately 580 (FTE) deeply passionate, committed Faculty staff who are focussed on strengthening and enhancing the student experience, and contributing meaningful high-quality knowledge advance and research in health, science and sports science. We're open to exploration and adventurous approaches in what we're prepared to try to take us to the next level - innovation and experimentation is embraced.

Key focus areas include:

  • Fostering excellence and support in faculty teaching, scholarship, research and collaboration across the schools and research centres. Building greater integrated academic practice with outward reach and focus, while increasing the number of faculty research active staff.
  • Establishing an inclusive, positive faculty culture that reflects the university's values - and taking the required measures to achieve high staff engagement.
  • Increasing participation in Health courses from Māori and Pacific students, and development of the Māori and Pacific workforce in health, science and sports science and tertiary education.
  • Lifting the Faculty's external profile and ensuring strong personal networking across New Zealand's Health and Health related sectors.
  • Driving greater connection and collaboration across the university, including more open curriculum.

You will be a key part of the Vice-Chancellor's Executive, the University's Senior Leadership Team and a member of various University bodies such as Academic board. This role enables significant freedom and autonomy and embraces energy and ideas to make things happen. You will be recognised as an effective academic leader emphasising the importance of humanity in Health and education, critically displaying attributes of tolerance, empathy, trustworthiness, confidence and kindness.

Your ability to listen, connect, collaborate, communicate 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 and staff management experience. Please highlight success developing and sustaining growth.
  3. Significant existing health sector connections and partnerships.
  4. An understanding and/or experience of the New Zealand health sector context.
  5. A commitment to indigenous and equity issues, and knowledge of Tiriti o Waitangi and the Māori Health Action Plan.
  6. Significant experience leading key strategic changes demonstrating an excellent understanding of cultural, operational and environmental change management.
  7. Outstanding resilience, interpersonal, negotiation and diplomacy skills, combined with a coaching and consultative approach to leadership.
  8. A brief summary of your interest and experience embracing innovation and experimentation in previous leadership roles.
  9. Applicants are also welcome to add further comments 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 term to the role of Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor (with potential for further extension as agreed by mutual consent), and a permanent position as a Professor.
  • 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, 11 April at 23:55 pm (New Zealand standard time). We expect interviews to take place during May 2021.

Reference: 75929

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 manner in which an offshore 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.