Dean of Law

Auckland, New Zealand
01 Oct 2018
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31 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Outstanding leadership opportunity in New Zealand's highest ranked, research-intensive University
  • Leading the Faculty in its commitment to internationally recognised research and academic excellence
  • Law ranked 29th in the 2018 QS World Rankings by subject

The University of Auckland is seeking to appoint an exceptional academic and strategic leader with outstanding interpersonal skills to guide New Zealand's highest ranked Faculty of Law, into the next stage of its development.

A true leader, the Dean will recognise that people are the Faculty's greatest asset, and will promote a culture of collegiality in which both academic and professional staff are inspired and enabled to achieve at the highest level. The ideal candidate will have strong strategic, management and financial acumen with the ability to support and encourage scholarship and innovation. The Dean will have a sound understanding of the challenges and opportunities afforded to the country's leading Law School.

Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor, the successful candidate will relish the opportunity to contribute to a highly engaged University Senior Leadership Team, whilst bringing knowledge and expertise to continue to grow the Faculty's research excellence and outstanding student achievement.

Situated in the heart of the Auckland legal precinct, with strong links to the legal profession and the judiciary, the Faculty has very supportive and successful alumni, holding some of the most influential positions in the country. The Dean will be committed to further developing the Faculty's philanthropic base and to managing relationships with an existing portfolio of major donors, including individuals, trusts and corporate entities.

The Dean will ideally have established their own international research reputation and academic credentials, underpinning their exceptional personal and professional credibility. Demonstrating insight, empathy and commitment to foster equity initiatives, the Dean will recognise the imperative to support Māori and Pacific achievement along with that of the diverse population of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Faculty and University have a strong commitment to acknowledging the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading and largest University with over 42,000 students of whom 10,000 graduate annually in a wide range of professions and fields. The University has eight faculties and supports a number of key leading research centres and institutes. It is New Zealand's pre-eminent research institution with the largest number of top-ranked researchers.

Auckland has recently been ranked third (equal) best city in Mercer's Quality of Living Survey for the fifth consecutive year.

For a confidential discussion or further information about the role, please contact the University of Auckland as below:

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9096, email:

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9006, email:

For further information and to apply online please visit

Applications close Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

Position reference: 20137

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, equity groups, parenting support and flexible work go to

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