Head of School of Social Sciences

Sydney, Australia
24 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

UNSW is one of the world’s leading universities, currently ranked at 45 (QS), and is known to be Australia’s powerhouse of cutting-edge research, teaching, innovation and creativity. Established in 1949, UNSW have always held a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines and have been committed to making a difference through pioneering research and preparing the next generation of talented global citizens for career success. UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university

At UNSW Arts & Social Sciences we explore big ideas, create new knowledge, and tackle critical social issues.  Our defining purpose, as a Faculty, is to promote education and research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We are one of the most energetic and socially engaged facilities of our kind. Positioned as one of Australia’s top three research faculties in the Humanities and Social Sciences, we have an enviable research environment & culture and generate research with real social impact and genuine community engagement.

The School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is an exceptional community of scholars who are at the forefront of a wide range of social science disciplines and professions. The School has two Clusters – the Governance & Global Change Cluster comprises Politics & International Relations and Development Studies, while the Social Inquiry Cluster includes Criminology, Social Research & Policy, Social Work and Sociology & Anthropology. The School’s academics contribute expert opinion and scholarly knowledge to many policy fields and are involved in the delivery of unique programs with a strong emphasis on work-integrated learning and preparing students for employment.

The School of Social Sciences is currently seeking a new Head of School. The Head of School plays a key role in facilitating delivery of the UNSW 2025 Strategy’s strategic priorities of academic excellence, social engagement and global impact. Marked by deep intellectual leadership, the successful candidate should bring academic credibility in an appropriate discipline, combined with breadth of academic vision, strategic thinking, and demonstrable experience leading and inspiring teams in an innovative, research-intensive environment. They will be able to support the development of academic staff at all levels (including early career academics), develop partnerships both within and external to the School, and drive diversity and inclusion within the School.

For further information and initial enquiries please contact Jason Sze in the Sydney office of Perrett Laver at or on +61 2 8354 4003.

To apply please upload your curriculum vitae and supporting covering letter at quoting reference 3736 before noon on Friday 26th October 2018 AEST.