Dean and Head of School, La Trobe Rural Health School

Bendigo, Australia
01 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Lead the largest, established Australian Rural Health School.
  • Work in a vibrant and culturally enriched region renowned for great lifestyle.
  • Full-time, 5 year fixed-term appointment with continuing substantive position.

About La Trobe

La Trobe University turned 50 in 2017, and over the half century of its existence, it has established a reputation as an innovative and accessible university, willing to take risks and take on challenges. Its success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. Our teaching and research addresses some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change through excellence to benefit the communities we serve. Our plan is to grow and develop La Trobe's leadership in areas of research, scholarship and learning that matter to the global community.

About the School of La Trobe Rural Health

The La Trobe Rural Health School is the largest rural health school in Australia and offers courses in 11 health disciplines across four campuses: Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton and Albury Wodonga. The School currently provides education for more than 3,000 students at entry to practice and higher degree levels.

The School currently provides education for more than 3,000 students at entry to practice and higher degree levels. The School has revenue of $49M, employs over 100 continuing and fixed term staff and is organised into four departments:

  • Rural Department of Allied Health
  • Rural Department of Community Health
  • Rural Department of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Department of Dentistry and Oral Health

About the role

The Dean and Head of School will provide strategic leadership to the School and continue to build upon its significant achievements and established reputation in entrepreneurship and innovation. The appointee’s leadership will stimulate further growth in research productivity and foster even higher standards of quality in teaching and learning.

Reporting to the Provost of the College of Science Health and Engineering, the Dean and Head of School will be a member of the College Executive team and responsible for leading the School’s staff and managing resources to achieve objectives aligned with the University’s and College’s Strategic Plan and priorities.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will bring an outstanding record of international achievement in academia, a breadth of academic vision, strategic thinking, and demonstrable experience leading and inspiring teams in an innovative academic environment. They will ensure the School continues to excel in the areas of teaching, research, planning, finance and people management and be an inspiring leader with the ability to build strategic relationships both domestically and internationally with key external partners, ranging from local communities to industry and government.


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How to Apply

Closing date: Sunday 12 January 2020

Position Enquiries: Melissa Favata, Senior Recruitment Business Partner +61 3 9479 2030.

Please address the key selection criteria and address this with your with your application.

La Trobe University is a proud member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN program to increase the number of women in science (

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005. If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.