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Amo Matua | Executive Dean Education

JacksonStone & Partners
Christchurch, Canterbury (NZ)
Closing date
24 Mar 2023
  • University of Canterbury (UC) senior leadership opportunity
  • Champion the University’s future vision for Education

Applications are invited for the role of Amo Matua | Executive Dean, Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education, a position that is part of the Ohu Whakahaere | Senior Leadership Team reporting to the Tumu Whakarae | Vice Chancellor. The role of Executive Dean is to champion the University’s future vision for the Faculty in alignment with the UC Strategy, through leadership that is participatory and inclusive.

Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education develops well-educated and skilled practitioners to be able to pursue exciting and rewarding careers, equipping them to make a positive difference to the lives of children and adults, and their communities. Its graduates are sought after nationally and internationally and have a very high rate of employment. Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education offers flexible, specialised programmes in Teacher Education (at all levels), Educational Studies and Leadership, and Youth & Community Leadership that employ the latest innovations in teaching technologies and e-learning. Many of its courses can be undertaken on-campus, by blended learning, or distance learning options. The Faculty is also host to the Child Well-being Research Institute, which aims to advance high quality multidisciplinary research to enhance the learning success and healthy well-being of children and young people.

The role comes with overall responsibility for the vision and strategic direction for education at UC. The Amo Matua | Executive Dean, UC Education will be an academic and proven leader with the mana to grow and support a culture that maximises the diverse capabilities and strengths of its staff and students. The appointee will ensure the enablement and advancement of educational, research, scholarly and public engagement activities through initiatives that support success, relevancy, and sustainability.

We are seeking a highly motivated strategic leader with an outstanding academic reputation in a relevant discipline area of education and strong bicultural and intercultural capability. With significant experience of innovation and change leadership, you will be known for your ability to think critically and respond creatively in a challenging and dynamic environment. You will have led and developed new research and funding opportunities, including working with the wider sector. Your strong relationship-building skills, combined with your strengths in strategic academic programme development, will further ensure your success in this role.

The successful candidate will be appointed to the Executive Dean role for a term of five years.  Following that five-year term, the staff member will transition into a continuing academic position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Academic rank will be assessed at the appointment stage.

Based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, the ethos of Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury is based around whānaungatanga – we value people and their differences, manaakitanga – we extend care and empower others, and tiakitanga – we will enhance and nurture our resources.

UC has an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. Its first (undergraduate) degrees and higher (postgraduate) programmes aim to foster intellectual independence, critical thinking, professional excellence and bicultural competence and confidence in every field. Committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity, the University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good, and determined to make a difference in the world.

APPLICATIONS must include:

  • a cover letter a curriculum vitae which includes a list of relevant research publications;
  • details of three referees;
  • and a short written statement outlining your ‘Vision for UC Education aligned with UC’s Strategy’.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Friday, 24 March 2023



FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Helen Cox or Rachelle Russell on 04 550 8000

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