Head, School of Teacher Education & Leadership/Head, School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education

Brisbane, Australia
15 May 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About QUT

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a ‘real world’ focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. Our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five of these awarded in the past six years.

We are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world. We are transforming the student experience we offer our 50,000 students and we place a premium on the international and national accreditation of our various professional degrees.

Further information about QUT can be obtained from the website at www.qut.edu.au.

The QUT Blueprint 5 is our institutional strategic plan. It identifies major priorities, articulates broad strategies, and drives greater coherence and coordination of our efforts.

Our overall vision for the future is:

  • to provide outstanding learning environments and programs that lead to excellent outcomes for graduates, enabling them to work in and guide a diverse and complex world characterised by increasing change
  • to undertake high-impact research and development in selected areas, at the highest international standards, reinforcing our applied emphasis and securing significant commercial and practical benefits for the community and for our partners
  • to strengthen and extend our strategic partnerships with professional and broader communities to reflect both our academic ambitions and our civic responsibility.

Our Real World Learning 2020 Vision outlines our clear aspirations for our graduates and learner experiences, consistent with our distinctive identity as a university for the real world.

About the faculty

The Faculty of Education is a national leader in teacher education and in many areas of education research.

Our undergraduate and graduate entry initial teacher education programs are accredited nationally and our early childhood programs are also accredited with ACECQA. Our postgraduate coursework and research degrees are highly regarded, and we have made a substantial investment in the development and delivery of real-world professional development short courses and modules.

We are a recognised leader in research and research training as evidenced by our ‘above world standard’ ranking overall in every Excellence in Research Australia assessment. We engage with many partners through ARC Discovery and Linkage research projects and lead Program 2: School Years in the Autism Cooperative Research Centre.

We have extensive links with partner organisations and universities in Australia and overseas. These include both large and small 5 professional development contracts with the Queensland government, in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and USA. As a globally-connected faculty, we have worked with aid agencies (AusAid, Asian Development Bank and the World Bank) to implement learning and development programs that lead to social advancement.

In keeping with our vision for excellence in learning and teaching, the University has built a new $95 million Education Precinct on its Kelvin Grove Campus. The Precinct comprises imaginatively designed formal and informal, face-to-face and online learning and teaching spaces and will offer excellent facilities for social interaction and recreation. The Precinct’s futuristic design and its location at the heart of the Kelvin Grove Campus showcases Education, gives it prominence, and demonstrates QUT’s vision for the Faculty as a leader, innovator, and model for the University as we continue to transform our learning and teaching.

About the position

The Head of School will provide academic leadership and support to academic staff within the school to achieve agreed goals that foster excellence in research, learning and teaching, and engagement activities within the faculty, across the university and the wider community.

The Head of School has overall responsibility for budget management at the school level, as well as effective academic workload management, performance planning and review, quality assurance on units taught by the school, and responsibility for fostering the professional and general development of staff.

The Head of School supports the integration of research with learning and teaching, fosters innovation and best practice across the faculty and seeks to improve educational and work experiences for students and staff. The position, along with other members of the faculty’s executive group, contributes to the thought leadership and strategic positioning of the faculty and to its financially sustainable future.

The Head of School reports to the Executive Dean, Faculty of Education for supervision, workload management and for Performance Planning and Review (PPR).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Strategic and operational management of the school including strengthening the sustainability of the school through future workforce planning; ensuring resource allocations align with priorities, and the broadening of the school’s revenue base.
  • Provide leadership for and promote excellence in the university’s teaching, research and external relations activities as they relate to the school.
  • Foster and develop a strong leadership team and high performance culture.
  • Support staff to transform learning and teaching in line with the QUT’s Real World Learning 2020 Vision.
  • Drive digital transformation.
  • Strengthen the quality and impact of research through industry and international partnerships.
  • Manage all human resources, administrative and budgetary issues within the school.
  • Lead staff to strengthen partnering relationships with industry and the community to enable collaborative activities in teaching, research, professional education, and consulting.
  • Implement continuous improvement, quality assurance, and risk management activities.
  • Implement and administer university policy with respect to equitable access to education and commitment to health safety and environmental principles and practices.
  • Provide leadership in establishing and maintaining an effective culture of caring for our people and environment.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a Professor. To be appointed as a professor at QUT the successful applicant must meet the positon classification standards outlined in the QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff).

Real World Capabilities

To deliver on QUT’s global, collaborative and connected vision requires a workforce that embodies the following capabilities:

  • Agility and openness to change
  • Connectivity and collaboration (intra and inter-disciplinary)
  • Cultural inclusion
  • Digital literacy
  • Future-focused thinking (strategic, innovative & design and entrepreneurial)
  • Global in intent and reach
  • Leadership of strategy, action and others
  • Performance and resource management

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on a fixed-term, full-time basis for a renewable period of up to five (5) years.


Kelvin Grove campus

Selection criteria

  1. Demonstrated senior leadership skills and experience including the ability to set strategic directions and priorities for the school, implement strategic and operational objectives and review and evaluate performance.
  2. Demonstrated highly effective academic leadership with the ability to lead growth in research and innovative teaching and learning.
  3. Ability to foster a highly constructive and positive school environment and develop effective teams committed to the achievement of faculty and university goals.
  4. Substantial skills in promoting and fostering collaborative endeavours and building internal and external partnerships.
  5. Evidence of understanding and effective responsiveness to contemporary issues in higher education, and the fields of teacher education and leadership or early childhood and inclusive education.
  6. Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills to generate trust and collaboration within and across organisational areas.

Remuneration and benefits

An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible benefits. With competitive remuneration and 17% superannuation, the university offers real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high-quality and flexible organisation that is proud of its excellent employment conditions, which include but are not limited to:

  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and financial assistance
  • Comprehensive professional development
  • Salary packaging

Further benefits can be found at the Working at QUT page.

Information for applicants

The position is open to applicants who have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of the fixed-term appointment. Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. Applicants who reach the final stage of the selection process will be expected to undergo a check of their criminal history. Those matters which do not have an impact on the inherent requirements of the position will not be taken into consideration.

Applicants will be provided with an opportunity to discuss the outcome of the check before a decision on appointment is made.

For further information about the position, please contact the Executive Dean, Professor Carol Nicoll on +61 7 3138 3211; or for further information about working at QUT contact Jenny Browne, Senior HR Partner on +61 7 3138 0750.

QUT welcomes applications from candidates outside the greater Brisbane area. QUT may meet some travel and relocation expenses involved in the interview and employment commencing process.

QUT is proud to be an inaugural Athena SWAN charter member. We have extensive and established support programs for women in STEMM. For more information on the Athena SWAN charter, contact Smitha Mandre Jackson on +61 7 3138 0074 or Tracy Straughan +61 7 3138 1584.

Candidates who are interested in the position are encouraged to apply even though they may feel they are not strong on individual selection criteria.

In assessing merit, the panel will take into consideration “performance or achievement relative to opportunity”. We recognise that many staff today have a range of personal circumstances, and career histories that challenge traditional ideas of an academic staff member.

This may mean, for example, prioritising the quality of achievement rather than the quantity, as considerations of parttime employment, career interruptions and significant periods of leave are taken into account when assessing performance or achievement.

The selection panel is also committed to conducting a process which is fair and free from bias, including unconscious bias.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please visit www.qut.edu.au/jobs for reference number 19444/19451.

When applying for this position your application must include the following:

  • A current resume
  • Response to the selection criteria

Applications close 23 June 2019.