Dean, Thomas More Law School

Sydney/Melbourne, Australia
22 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
19 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

ACU is seeking a leader to play a key role in reshaping the School and providing strategic direction that will position the School as a leader in Law education

  • Enhance the School’s outstanding reputation
  • Be part of a vibrant, professional and innovative school community
  • Full time, based in Sydney or Melbourne

About the University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield and Rome.

About the Thomas More Law School

The Thomas More Law School is one of Australia’s most dynamic Law Schools, with campuses in North Sydney and Melbourne, expanding to Brisbane and Blacktown in 2021.  Our aspiration is to be a national Law School with strong international links facilitated by an existing international network of Catholic law schools and an active presence at ACU’s Rome campus.

The School’s Law programs are global, ethical and practical in focus, built on our commitment to the rule of law, personal dignity, thriving communities and the common good. We have a strong practice program which includes mooting, negotiations, dispute resolution, and pro bono placements.  Through pro bono work our students make a real contribution to the realisation of a just society whilst also developing essential legal and community engagement skills.

About the Position

The Faculty of Law & Business is seeking to appoint an exceptional Dean with demonstrated capacity to provide strategic leadership to enable the School to achieve its goals in alignment with Faculty and University priorities.

Reporting to the Executive Dean, Law & Business, the Dean, Thomas More Law School will be responsible for the development and implementation of a clear vision and strategic plan for the Thomas More Law School to enable it to develop and maintain a strong identity and a clear academic direction, contributing to the achievement of University and Faculty objectives.

This appointment will be as a full-time, continuing Professor with an academic assignment as Dean, Thomas More Law School for three (3) years, renewable based on performance. A salary allowance applies for the term of the assignment.

To be successful in the role you will need to demonstrate:

  • A PhD qualification in a Law or related discipline, coupled with a significant teaching and research profile
  • Excellent scholarly qualifications and an internationally recognised record of academic and scholarly achievement in a Law discipline
  • A successful track record of senior academic leadership including budget planning, governance and risk and resource allocation
  • Strategic leadership and operational management skills to confidently implement strategic initiatives at a Faculty and School level
  • An excellent grasp of the tertiary education sector in Australia, and sound appreciation of the demands of managing and advancing a contemporary School in a rapidly changing environment.


This role will provide an opportunity for the successful candidate to apply their extensive skills and experience to support the continuous growth of the Thomas More Law School in a collaborative and inclusive environment.

The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe and valued through development, participation and involvement.


ACU’s core values support inclusiveness, respect and the dignity of all persons in line with the University’s Mission. The University has received the Employer of Choice for Gender Equality Citation since 2012 and offers staff entitlements and initiatives that support women and men to reach their potential.

How to Apply:

If you are ready for an exciting new challenge with a leading University that can offer ongoing career development and opportunities, we welcome your application.

ACU has partnered with Perrett Laver for the recruitment of this position. To apply, simply submit your CV along with your selection criteria and a cover letter (maximum two pages) addressing your suitability to this position. Please visit the Perrett Laver website at quoting reference 4744.

To review a position description or for a confidential discussion, please call Dr Patrick Marland at Perrett Laver on 02 8354 4000 or email

Applicants should demonstrate commitment to the specific mission and Catholic ethos of the institution.

Closing date:Sunday, 19 July 2020 at 11.55pm AEST

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