Head of School, Social Sciences

Hobart, Australia
06 May 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Seeking inspiring, engaging and visionary leader  
  • Hobart, Tasmania

The University of Tasmania (UTas) is activating a vision of a place-based University with a mission to enhance the intellectual, economic, social and culture future of Tasmania and, from Tasmania, contribute to the world in areas of distinctive advantage.  The School of Social Sciences sits within the College of Arts, Law and Education (CALE) and comprises a rich and diverse body of disciplines including Politics & International Relations, Social Work, and Sociology & Criminology.  Passionate about creating a better world by exploring contemporary social issues as part of the pursuit of social and ecological justice, the School is a leading international and globally respected centre of excellence in interdisciplinary and applied social research, further distinguished by the quality of teaching and learning programs providing a rich platform for future inspiration.

The Head of School of Social Sciences is a key strategic role providing leadership across the wide range of discipline streams including community engagement linked to  the School’s core purpose; research and research training; learning and teaching; and associated professional activity.  The Head of School will lead the continued growth and advancement of relationships within the University, across Tasmania, and nationally and internationally with relevant professional groups, government, and communities.  As an integral member of the CALE Leadership Team, the position plays a key role in determining and managing the College’s strategic priorities and in the School’s alignment to achievement of the University of Tasmania’s Strategic Direction.

This exciting opportunity will suit an accomplished academic leader or an academic with recognised leadership attributes seeking a management and administrative challenge.  The Head of School contributes high level knowledge and experience, energy and distinguished leadership attributes in the pursuit of excellence and achievement demonstrated through experience in developing and leading academic staff and programs, and translating strategy to positive outcomes.  You will have a record of research and expertise in an area of the School’s programs; management expertise, including sound people, resource and financial management skills; and academic experience and qualifications commensurate with this senior academic level.

Australia's smallest state and the most geographically diverse, Tasmania is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly people with a relaxed island lifestyle, and an acclaimed food and wine scene.  Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Tasmania's vibrant capital city of Hobart combines heritage charm with a contemporary lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty.

We are an inclusive workplace committed to ‘working from the strength that diversity brings’ reflected in our Statement of Values. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people and are committed to inclusive principles and celebrate the range of diversity assets which gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age and life course bring. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.

For confidential enquiries and for a copy of the information book for candidates, please contact Paul Hill, Partner, at the search firm Odgers Berndtson: T: +61 3 8375 7424 or M: +61 407 766 756

How to apply: Applications to be submitted by email to:

Please do not apply for this position online via the UTAS Career page.

Closing date: Friday 14 June at midnight AEDT.