Associate Dean, Community and Primary Health Care Practice

Sydney, Australia
20 Jan 2020
End of advertisement period
19 Feb 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Medicine and Health
Reference no. 052/0120F

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is Australia’s premier University with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence, and employs over 7,500 permanent staff supporting over 70,000 students.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is the largest faculty in the University. The faculty comprises seven academic schools and ten clinical schools which are positioned within the Sydney Medical School. The academic schools are responsible for academic governance of all education programs offered by the faculty and are led by a Head of School and Dean or a Head of School. The clinical schools contribute to education and research in the faculty and are led by a Head of Clinical School.

We are seeking to appoint a distinguished senior academic at Level E (Professor of Practice) as Associate Dean (Community and Primary Health Care Practice).  The Associate Dean will work with all academic and clinical schools of the faculty to provide strategic and operational direction in accordance with the elements of the faculty’s strategic plan relevant to their respective portfolio areas. As a senior leadership role, this position contributes to the Faculty Leadership Group on future planning and broader strategic matters. The Associate Dean will also represent the faculty in their portfolio University Executive Committee. In this regard, they will contribute to development and implementation of the University’s policies and strategies and communicate these across the faculty.

The Associate Dean, as a member of the Faculty Leadership Group, will be responsible for facilitating the development of the strategy for education, research and engagement as it relates to community and primary health care. This goal will be accomplished by building positive working relationships with other leaders relevant to the portfolio across the University, the Faculty Leadership Group and within the health sector more broadly. The Associate Dean will need to communicate the academic and operational vision for the Faculty of Medicine and Health as it relates to the portfolio. The Associate Dean must be able to lead by example – through excellence in research, education or engagement activities. The Associate Dean will ensure that the strategic interests of this portfolio are represented at the highest level in the faculty.

The successful applicant must have a wide network of established relationships with key community, academic, government and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders, that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the faculty and University.

Term and remuneration

The initial appointment will be for 5 years with the opportunity for renewal subject to assessment of performance.

The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package.


The University has engaged executive search firm Odgers Berndtson to assist with this appointment. Odgers Berndtson will support the selection committee to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and to assess candidates against the requirements for the role.

The position will remain open until successfully filled. All enquiries should be directed in confidence to:

Dr Dennis Feeney
Partner, Odgers Berndtson
+61 2 8905 3722

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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