Head of School, School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
About the opportunity
The University of Sydney is Australia’s premier University with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7600 permanent staff supporting over 60,000 students.
The Faculty of Science is one of six faculties operating within the University of Sydney and the School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) is the largest of the eight schools within the faculty. The school is divided into five research and teaching clusters and brings together researchers in the life, earth and environmental sciences to support and enhance capacity in research and teaching. The school currently maintains a teaching load of 2,000 students with 295 staff.
We are seeking to appoint a distinguished academic as Head of School, SOLES, who will join the leadership team of the Faculty of Science. The successful applicant will be responsible for the school’s academic teaching, learning and research performance outcomes that support the overall faculty strategic goals, maintaining accreditation standards (where appropriate), the student experience, meeting financial targets and the workplace culture. The position has formal financial and people delegations and is responsible for effective decision making to ensure financial sustainability. The successful applicant will contribute to the attraction, appointment, development and retention of talented staff who are able to attract and develop talented students. The successful applicant will also help to promote the school’s, the faculty’s and the University’s reputation for excellence and its national and international academic standing.
The successful applicant must have a wide network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders, that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the school, faculty and University.
Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.
We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.
Term and remuneration
The headship is available for a term of four years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal, subject to negotiation. The successful candidate will also be offered a professorial appointment in an appropriate discipline in the school and will retain that position at the conclusion of their headship. An attractive remuneration package will be offered.
The University has engaged executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to assist with this appointment. Heidrick & Struggles will support the selection committee to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and to assess candidates against the requirements for the role.
All enquiries should be directed in confidence to:
Mr Bill Kett
Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
+61 (3) 9012 3043
Applications close on Sunday 2 June 2019. It is anticipated that interviews will take place in July 2019 in Sydney.
The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged.
The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.
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