Deputy Dean, Education

Sydney, Australia
19 Jun 2019
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20 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The Faculty of Science teaches approximately 7000 full-time student equivalents, with an academic staff of approximately 500 and general staff of 300.  The Faculty operational budget is of the order of $100m annually, excluding business activities and research funds (which total around $80m annually).

The Faculty is one of the largest and most complex faculties of UNSW Sydney. It comprises the Schools of Aviation, Biological Earth and Environmental Science (BEES), Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS), Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Mathematics and Statistics, Optometry and Vision Science (OVS), Psychology, and Physics. It also includes several major Research Centres and field stations.

The role of Deputy Dean Education reports to Dean of Science and has 1 direct report, Associate Dean Academic Programs. The role leads the Science Education team which is approximately 11 professional staff.

Other Relationships: This position will work closely with Heads of School, Faculty Executive Team, School Teaching Directors, Deputy Vice Chancellor Education, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), Division of External Relations, senior academics in the Faculty.

The Deputy Dean Education may also hold an academic position within a School in Science and will report to the Head of School for work performed in this capacity.

About the role

  • Level D/E plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – Until January 2023 (~ 4 years)
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

Challenges and Constraints

This is an important strategic role, which the appointee is expected to perform at the highest level. This position works under the broad direction of the Dean and is required to achieve objectives consistent with the goals of the UNSW Science. All judgements will be strategic and planned and all decisions will be made in accordance with relevant rules, legislation, strategy, policy and procedures of the Faculty and University, which may change or be adjusted from time to time, in order that risks to the operations of UNSW and/or Science are minimised.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Strategy and Direction

  • Deputise for the Dean in all aspects of Faculty education business, as required.
  • Developing and implementing, with the Dean a coherent Program and Curriculum innovation strategy;
  • Develop and lead strategy on Faculty student load growth for all coursework programs;
  • Providing strategic advice to the Dean on international, sector-wide and University reforms in education, on education priorities and strategies and mechanisms to achieve these priorities;
  • Promote the Faculty's education capability and education profile, both locally and internationally, to position the University as education destination in Science for the leading academics, collaborators and students.
  • Strengthen interdisciplinary education activities and drive innovative activities in education to foster a culture of education excellence;
  • Ensuring the integration into teaching programs of Science research strengths, and the involvement of students in research activities;
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of University-wide approaches to general education that are relevant to all current and future students;
  • Advocacy for Science academic programs at University level, and externally;
  • Lead and support a systematic and coordinated approach to experimentation and innovation across the Faculty, including developing resourcing strategies
  • Develop, coordinate and lead Faculty initiatives that establish a reputation for being entrepreneurial and a leader in innovation in education across the University and globally.
  • Contributing to the strategic and operational leadership of Science as a member of the Dean’s Executive Team;
  • Promote the Faculty's education capability and profile, both locally and internationally, to position the University as an education destination in Science for the leading learning, teaching and innovation.
  • Ensure mechanisms to identify, assess and monitor the education performance of faculty academics and students of high potential is supported regardless of gender, cultural background, disability or Indigenous origin.
  • Ensure students are viewed as partners in education to drive innovation in learning and teaching.


  • Provide high level management oversight of the activities undertaken by the education team for the Faculty including accreditation, student led projects, high quality assurance practices and the management of the degrees
  • Working with the available resources and systems across Science to develop strategies and plans that will ensure the effective implementation of new education focused initiatives and compliance requirements;
  • Providing advice and support to Heads of School on the effective implementation of new policies and practices;
  • With School representatives, promoting induction and staff development opportunities in the areas of effective teaching and learning, especially for new, sessional and casual teachers;
  • Providing strategic advice and support to academic staff regarding the development of learning and teaching practice and the scholarship of teaching;
  • Providing strategic advice and support to academic staff on opportunities for the recognition and reward of good teaching, learning and teaching research support opportunities, and Education Focus appointments;
  • Publicising, developing and implementing internal awards and incentive schemes that reward teaching quality and innovation.

Relationship Building

  • Build effective communication systems with key members of the Division of Education, especially the Deputy Vice Chancellor Education, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), and Vice President, External Relations.
  • Build effective communication systems with members of the Faculty Executive, Heads of School, School teaching directors and other Deputy and Associate Deans Education.
  • Build effective communication systems with key Faculty researchers.
  • Work collegially and constructively across the University.
  • Build effective relationships with key education leaders (DDE/ADE equivalents) in partner Universities: NUW Alliance, PLuS Alliance, GO8 etc.


  • Chairing Science Education Committee and Postgraduate Coursework Committee, ensuring that academic proposals are submitted in a timely manner, meet academic standards and comply with Faculty, University and external policies and regulations;
  • Representing Science on Academic Governance committees, including: Committee on Education, and Postgraduate Coursework Studies Committee;
  • Regular monitoring of performance in learning and teaching against objectives;
  • Periodic review of all academic programs, in line with Academic Board requirements;
  • Brief Dean on all education matters before Academic Board.
  • Implement the UNSW Health and safety management system within your area of responsibility.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications with a strong track record in developing outstanding student experience and delivering entrepreneurial and/or innovative education initiatives in a University context;
  • Experience in management and leadership with proven ability to work productively as part of a team;
  • Knowledge of, and affinity with, digital technologies, particularly those relating to learning with an understanding of the innovation process and its application in commercial and public sectors;
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans and managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders to meet organisational objectives;
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and a strong sense of equity, diversity and inclusion in dealing with diverse colleagues, partners, students and stakeholders;
  • Proven superior relationship building skills, including success in cultivating and influencing key relationships with senior stakeholders and academics at all levels;
  • Sound political acumen to deal with a wide range of complex and diverse set of needs and stakeholders;
  • Outstanding analytical, organisational and decision-making skills and the ability to think at a strategic level as well as ability to focus on critical detail;
  • Ability to strengthen interdisciplinary education activities and drive innovative activities in education to foster a culture of teaching excellence;
  • Superior communication skills, personal integrity and professional manner;
  • Ability and capacity to direct and monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the safety management system.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

For informal queries, please see the below contact details. 

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Morgan Sutton

Applications close: June 20th, 2019

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