Associate Professor and Head of Pharmacy

Townsville, Australia
27 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The broader purpose of the College of Medicine and Dentistry is to promote health and strengthen healthcare for communities of tropical Australia and beyond through excellence in socially accountable health professional education, discoveries, partnerships, advocacy and leadership.

The Associate Professor and Academic Head of Pharmacy plays a key role within the College of Medicine and Dentistry together with the Dean, Associate Deans and the College Manager, to provide academic leadership, direction and management of the College’s learning and teaching, research, research education and engagement activities.

The Associate Professor and Academic Head of Pharmacy will represent the interests of Pharmacy at College, Division and University level. The Academic Head of Pharmacy will be a senior member of academic staff who teaches and actively researches in a discipline within Pharmacy and may be required to act as College Dean on occasion.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Principal Accountabilities

  1. In conjunction with the Dean of the College, provide leadership within the Pharmacy academic group, principally regarding learning and teaching, research and engagement activities.
  2. Lead the development of high quality, innovative curricula consistent with the University’s Strategic Intent and the objectives of the College of Medicine and Dentistry.
  3. Provide leadership of accreditation processes and engagement with relevant stakeholders including the Australian Pharmacy Council, local Hospital and Health Services and community pharmacists across the JCU regions.    
  4. Provide oversight of the course structure and work with discipline experts and course coordinators and committees to manage teaching between disciplines and promote optimal integration and collaboration between academic groups.
  5. Manage the ongoing professional development and performance of staff within the academic group including performance management and workload agreements.
  6. Manage student misconduct, allegations of academic misconduct and other student matters as delegated by the Dean.
  7. Teach undergraduate Pharmacy students and supervise higher degree by research students through to completion.
  8. Actively participate in a relevant research program, which may involve collaborating across disciplinary and/or institutional boundaries.
  9. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  11. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities  

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.  

  1. The Associate Professor and Academic Head is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Associate Professor and Academic Head is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. 
  3. The Associate Professor and Academic Head is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Special Conditions

  • This position may be required to travel across the region and to other locations nationally and may include overnight stays and after hours work on occasion.
  • The incumbent is required to hold a current ‘C’ class Queensland Drivers licence.

Selection Criteria 

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. A PhD or equivalent research experience.
  2. Registered or registrable as a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
  3. An ability to foster external relationships and demonstrated experience in engaging with key stakeholders within the pharmacy profession including peak professional bodies 
  4. Demonstrated experience in undergraduate and/or postgraduate pharmacy education, with experience in leading innovation, quality improvement in learning and teaching and research and in course accreditation.
  5. Demonstrated ability to shape strategic thinking, communicate with influence, negotiate persuasively and build alliances. 
  6. A demonstrated record of involvement with staff management, supervision and the ability to advise staff on strategies to resolve problems at discipline and College level. 
  7. Demonstrated high level communication skills with experience in relating to a range of stakeholders, ability to write effectively and competency in the use of information and communication technology 
  8. A knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning anti-discrimination, student equity, work health and safety and all other relevant legislation and a demonstrated commitment to and capacity to implement the principles and plans for equal opportunity, student equity, affirmative action and occupational health and safety. 


  1. Substantial experience of rural and remote professional life, including delivery of clinical services in such locations.
  2. Experience in development of innovative models of pharmacy care to meet community needs.
  3. Professional experience in meeting the healthcare needs of underserved and vulnerable populations, for instance: with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples; rural and remote communities; people in low-income countries; and/or marginalised or poor communities.
  4. Experience in advocacy and shaping public policy.