Brisbane, Australia
13 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the Office of the Provost

The Office of the Provost is part of QUT’s Chancellery. The Provost works closely and collaboratively with the Vice-Chancellor and President, and other University executives, contributing at a strategic level to QUT’s development and sustained success.

The Provost is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor and President for leadership and management of QUT’s six Faculties, through the Executive Deans. The Provost is further responsible for the leadership and management of the Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU) and the Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit (IREU), as well as an academic planning, reviews and quality team. The Office of the Provost is located within the Chancellery at the Gardens Point campus.

About the position

The Provost is the Chief Academic Officer of the University providing leadership of academics, the learning and teaching portfolio and advising the Vice-Chancellor and President and University Council on a wide range of academic matters. In addition the Provost oversees the Executive Deans and Faculties, academic planning, quality and reviews, the Learning and Teaching Unit (LTU) and the Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit (IREU).

The University operates in an environment of regular change in higher education government policy and a dynamic international context which may impact upon and influence the shape and functions of the position. In particular, the Provost must keep abreast of regulatory requirements and accreditation standards, and strategic resource policies, including income and funding, organisational and management structures, technological developments and the information needs of senior management in the University in order to provide leadership to the University both directly and through the operations of the Chancellery.

As well as assuming responsibility for leading the Faculties, LTU, IREU and the Academic Planning, Reviews and Quality Team, the Provost advises the Vice-Chancellor and President, in collaboration with the Vice-President (Resources) and Chief Financial Officer, on the allocation of resources to Faculties, reviews senior academic staffing recommendations, and is delegated by QUT Council or the Vice-Chancellor and President as the approving officer for a range of matters affecting the academy and individual academics.

The Provost generally represents the University in negotiations with academic staff unions and is the primary contact for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

The Provost is a member of a number of principal committees, including QUT Council, University Learning and Teaching Committee, Planning and Resources Committee and University Executive Committee and is Chair of the University Academic Board and a range of other committees.

The Provost is also an ex officio member of most other QUT senior committees and boards, including Faculty Academic Boards.

As standing deputy, the Provost will act on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and President in her absence and as required in internal and external fora.

Selection criteria and other information

  1. A successful record of academic leadership at a senior level.
  2. Proven capability to develop and lead academic strategy, providing direction and mentoring to academic leaders in a range of disciplines and portfolios.
  3. An understanding of the complexity of leading the operation of a large and diverse organisation in a time of significant change.
  4. Knowledge of the Australian higher education system, including markets, regulation and quality matters and demonstrated ability to respond at an organisation-wide level to the challenges and opportunities evident in the sector.
  5. Outstanding interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills, including the ability to communicate, consult, negotiate and work collaboratively with senior executives in faculties and divisions, and key stakeholders external to the University.
  6. Demonstrated high-level analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to lead innovation and initiatives, contribute to new ideas and critically evaluate current systems and processes.
  7. Significant record of strategic resource management at a senior executive level.
  8. Demonstrated ability to build, lead, motivate and manage effective and diverse teams.
  9. Exemplary knowledge of equity and workplace health and safety principles with a demonstrated ability to integrate and implement these principles at both strategic and operational levels.
  10. To be appointed as a Professor, the successful applicant must meet the position classification standards outlined in the QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff).

Remuneration and benefits

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

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible benefits. With competitive remuneration including 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 webpage:

Information for applicants

The position is open to domestic and international applicants. 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. This position has been identified by QUT as being engaged in child related employment. Appointment to this position is therefore subject to the provisions of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000. The appointee will be required to undergo a ‘Working with Children Check’, which will assess their suitability to work with children (defined as anyone under 18 years of age) based on his or her criminal history.

Type of appointment

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

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 interdisciplinary)
  • Cultural inclusion
  • Digital literacy
  • Future-focused thinking (strategic, innovative, and design and entrepreneurial)
  • Global in intent and reach
  • Leadership of strategy, action and others
  • Performance and resource management.


Gardens Point campus.

How to apply

For further information, please visit for reference number 19572.

The Insight Group is assisting the University with this appointment. For a confidential conversation, please contact Dr Rohan Carr or Ms Emily Witts at The Insight Group on +61 (0)3 9654 3288. Written applications providing a curriculum vitae and response to the selection criteria should be directed to The Insight Group via email: applications@ quoting reference 19572.

Applicants should provide names and contact details of at least three potential referees. These referees need not be approached in advance, as they will not be contacted without the prior consent of the applicant.

The Council reserves the right to fill the position by invitation at any time.

Applications close

Wednesday 10 July 11.59pm