Head of School, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

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Perth, Australia
10 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
07 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Competitive salary with attractive allowance and 17% super 
  • Work at the Curtin University Bentley Campus
  • Work within the largest School at the Faculty of Humanities

Job Reference: 301867

Full-time, continuing appointment with a 3 year fixed term secondment to Head of School (Further 2-year extension subject to success in the role)

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners and is a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

Your new team

The School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry ( MCASI) incorporates a combination of creative, professional and more traditional academic disciplines,  and is renowned for its critical and creative research in the domains of media, communication, culture and technology; social justice, human rights, and creative arts.

Home to the longest continuously running writing program in Australia, the School is recognised internationally for its award-winning creative-practice research in writing, performance, fine art, and the screen arts.MCASI is also ranked in the top 150 in the world for the subject of Communications and Media Studies, and in the top 200 in the world for Art and Design in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Our School engages with new technologies in teaching, research and practice in the creative industries, arts and social sciences, and encourages creative and critical engagement with relevant industries.

Your new role

The Head of School role is an outstanding opportunity for a strategic leader to encourage excellence and continuous improvement in learning, teaching, research and innovation within the School.  

Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Humanities, you will be responsible for:

  • Collaborating with the PVC and Faculty Deans to establish clear operational plans, goals and priorities for the School;
  • Using your passion and vision to engage colleagues, students and industry partners in a long-term strategy focussed on outcomes and excellence, aligned with the Faculty and the School;
  • Leading staffing functions, including workforce planning, recruitment, and training and development;
  • Managing School finances, including preparing the School budget and managing expenditure against targets;
  • Establishing and maintaining strong domestic and international connections with relevant government, business, professional bodies and the wider community.

You will bring to the Role

  • Strong leadership with the ability to work with others to develop a shared vision of the School’s future.
  • The ability to think strategically and translate the University’s strategic goals into local plans and initiatives.
  • Commitment to equity and diversity.
  • Outstanding people management skills, with the ability to build a strong positive culture, with the ability to attract and develop talented staff to champion world class performance.
  • A distinguished and sustained record of strategic and academic leadership and governance in a complex stakeholder environment.
  • A strong international reputation in your discipline, with a passion to deliver successful outcomes and enhance the global reputation of the School and the University.

What we offer you

  • Interactions with and learnings from industry, government and academic partners
  • Competitive salary & benefits
  • A flexible work environment

For further information on Curtin’s employee benefits visit https://about.curtin.edu.au/jobs/

Next steps

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria, which can be found in the position description, and to provide a full academic CV.

To view further information including the Position Description, Candidate Brochure, Strategic Plan and Guide to Perth, please copy and paste the link below into your web browser to view the documents:


Please note one of the final stages of our process involves a face-to-face interview to take place in Australia; this may be impacted by Australian Government and/or Curtin’s travel restrictions due to Covid-19.

Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.  

Contact details

To apply complete the application form below, or for more information contact:

Lisa Kirkpatrick or Vandana Brown

Phone:  +61 8 9266 4292 or 9266 9244

Email:  Lisa.Kirkpatrick@curtin.edu.au or Vandana.Brown@curtin.edu.au

Please apply via the attached link; we cannot accept resumes sent to the above contact

Applications close: 9:00 PM, Friday 24 April 2020 (AWST)


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.