THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY

Head of School of Accounting and Finance

Location
Hong Kong (HK)
Posted
10 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY 

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is a government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong.  It offers programmes at various levels including Doctorate, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degrees.  It has a full-time staff strength of around 5,400, including 1,200 academic staff.  The total annual consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$7.4 billion.  Committed to academic excellence, PolyU aspires to become a leading university that excels in professional education, world-class research, and partnership for the betterment of Hong Kong, the nation and the world.  For further details about the University, please visit PolyU’s website at http://www.polyu.edu.hk.

SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE 

Head of School of Accounting and Finance (Ref. 20060504)

The School of Accounting and Finance is a well-established school in Hong Kong with over 80 full-time academic and teaching staff in the areas of accounting, finance, economics, and law.  The School has adequate resources to support a variety of research interests and activities, and has comparative advantage in promoting cross-disciplinary research that is needed in the modern business world.  The School has maintained an excellent network with overseas and Chinese mainland institutions for collaborative work. 

The research of our Faculty of Business has been ranked 61st in the world (The UTD Top 100 Worldwide Business School Rankings based on research contributions for the period 2015-2019).   During the last few years, faculty members were successful in publishing their research papers in top-tier refereed journals, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Financial Economics.  

The HKSAR is an international city located strategically at the heart of Asia and is the gateway to China, with excellent transport links to major international cities.  The University’s campus is located near the harbour connecting Kowloon and the Hong Kong Island, and in the vicinity of Tsim Sha Tsui, which is the most popular area for visitors. 

Please visit the website at https://af.polyu.edu.hk/ for more information about the School. Information on the Faculty of Business is available at https://fb.polyu.edu.hk/

The University is now inviting applications and nominations for the post of Head of School.  The successful candidate will be appointed as Chair Professor/Professor, normally on regular terms of appointment, commensurate with his/her qualifications and experience, and hold a concurrent headship appointment.  The headship appointment is normally for an aggregate period of six years in two three-year terms of office.  Other suitable candidate(s), if deemed appropriate by the University, may be appointed as Chair Professor/Professor.

Job Functions

Reporting directly to the Dean of Faculty of Business, the appointee will be required to:

(a)    provide effective leadership in the development of long-term strategies and plans of the School, in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan, and provide leadership, coaching, and support to all staff members in the School in pursuit of the planned objectives in a high-quality standard and cost-effective manner;

(b)    ensure high-quality teaching as well as holistic development of students, and align the School’s programmes with the needs of the community; 

(c)    facilitate the conduct of innovative and original research of high quality and impact, as well as promote and develop genuine cross-disciplinary/departmental research with the optimal use of research funds; 

(d)    enhance local and international networks of partnerships and linkages with the community, particularly the professional, public, and business sectors, so as to gain their support for the major strategic initiatives of the University; 

(e)    ensure effective internal communication that leads to transparent decision-making and promote the School’s education and other services to target customers, community leaders, and stakeholders; 

(f)    ensure the optimal deployment of human, financial, and other resources in the School;

(g)    implement an effective mechanism to acquire donations and other forms of sponsorship to support the University’s pursuits and long-term development; and

(h)    undertake other responsibilities and tasks as may be assigned by the Dean of Faculty or the President’s designate from time to time. 

Qualifications

Applicants should have:

(a)    academic qualifications at the doctoral level in Accounting/Finance or a closely related field, evidence of eminent scholarship, and substantial relevant experience in a senior academic position; 

(b)    attainment of an academic rank of full professor or above at an internationally recognised university;

(c)    a distinguished international reputation in research and scholarship, and demonstrated international leadership in any one or more of the specialist areas of Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Law;

(d)    a strong record in attracting research funding;

(e)    a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching; 

(f)    a global perspective, proven qualities of academic leadership, and substantial administration / management experience, as well as demonstrated ability of building up a strong team of faculty members with different research and cultural backgrounds; 

(g)    effective interpersonal communication and resources management skills, and excellent adaptability to changes and challenges; and 

(h)    good knowledge of the higher educational environment in the local and global contexts. 

Experience in fund-raising will be an additional advantage.

Remuneration and Conditions of Service

The terms of appointment and remuneration package are negotiable and highly competitive.   For general information on the terms and conditions for the appointment of academic staff in the University, please visit the website at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/TC.htm.  

Application and Nomination

Applicants are invited to send a detailed curriculum vitae by post and direct any enquiries, to the Chairman of the Search Committee for recruitment of Head of School of Accounting and Finance, Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong or via email to search.head-af@polyu.edu.hk, quoting the position being applied for and the reference number.  It is optional for the applicants to include two to three reference letters in their applications. Consideration of applications will commence in mid-June 2020 until the position is filled.  Candidature may be obtained by nominations.  The University reserves the right to make an appointment by invitation or not to fill the position.  General information about the University is available at http://www.polyu.edu.hk or from the Human Resources Office [Tel: (852) 2766 5313].  The University’s Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/job/en/guide_forms/pics.php.

PolyU is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, ethnicity, nationality, family status or physical or mental disabilities.   

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