Director, Research School of Social Sciences

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Canberra, Australia
24 May 2022
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Australian National University (ANU) is seeking to appoint an outstanding Director of the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS).

The Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) includes the School of Demography, the School of History, the School of Philosophy, the School of Politics and International Relations, the School of Sociology, the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and the Centre for Social Research and Methods. RSSS is Australia’s major institution for theoretical and empirical research in the social sciences and has an international reputation for exceptional social science research and training. It contributes to public debates in Australia and internationally across the social science spectrum.

Reporting to the Dean of the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, the School Director provides leadership and fosters excellence in research, education, professional activities and policy development in social science research within the College, the University and within the community. The appointee will lead the School in the next phase of its evolution, leading a strong culture of excellence and innovation in research, while fostering a collegial and consultative environment in the School engaging staff in University and College policy formulation. They will promote the School to the general public, potential benefactors and to academics who may wish to join the University, and will work collegially with other senior staff of the university to achieve the strategic aims of the College and the University.

The successful candidate will have: an understanding of current issues, challenges and opportunities in research and education in the social sciences; strong communication skills; and the ability to work with and lead people, and engage with internal and external stakeholders. They will have a respectful interpersonal style and high levels of energy, passion and resilience.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD or have equivalent professional experience and will have an internationally-recognised, academic career in a related discipline. They will have proven experience in research leadership and in leading an academic school, department or institute and have the capacity to develop and implement a compelling vision and strategy, including innovation in the latest teaching and pedagogy across large scale research and education programs.

For further information and a copy of the information booklet, please contact Sarena Bunce, Senior Consultant, ANU Executive Search on +61 2 6125 1863 or

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to prproviding equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

Applications close: 03 Jul 2022 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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