Head of School, Humanities

Hobart / Launceston, Australia
$152,077 – $191,812, plus 17% superannuation
25 May 2023
End of advertisement period
25 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Contribute to the advancement of the College’s strategic priorities
  • Provide strategic and operational leadership, based in Hobart or Launceston
  • Academic leadership opportunity with an ongoing Academic Level D/E substantive

Your New Role

As the Head of the School of Humanities, you will manage a diverse body of disciplines that contribute to an understanding of humanity across space and time and develop key skills in critical and creative thinking and program solving. The School’s programs in English and Writing, Global Cultures and Languages, History and Classics, and Philosophy provide opportunities to interpret human culture and behaviour, from different perspectives and periods.

This key strategic role will see you provide leadership across all streams of School activity. You will be responsible for research and research training; for learning and teaching across a range of courses; ; and for the sustainable management of people and resources in the School of Humanities. In this unique opportunity, you will lead the continued growth and advancement of relationships within the University, the state of Tasmania, and nationally and internationally with relevant professional groups, government, and communities.

As a member of the CALE Leadership Team, you will contribute to determining and managing the College’s strategic priorities and ensure the School’s alignment and academic advancement. Providing exemplary academic leadership, you will develop outstanding research and nurture the career development of staff within the School. 

About the University & the College of Arts Law and Education (CALE)

The University of Tasmania is building a place-based University with a mission to enhance the intellectual, economic, social and culture future of Tasmania, and contribute to the world in areas of distinctive advantage.  World-class facilities, including the Hedberg performing arts centre, and the new campuses in Burnie and Launceston, provide a unique educational experience.  The University is committed to sustainability and is #1 in the world for climate action in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

The College of Art’s Law and Education’s (CALE) mission is to develop the next generation of thinkers and professionals in more than 50 degrees, including in education, social work, law, media, the humanities and social sciences, fine art and music. We strive to contribute a highly skilled and integrated workforce to Tasmania and beyond. Our research seeks a deep engagement with our place and a global impact, with a focus on local communities and working in partnership with government and industry. CALE’s  12,000 students are located across three Tasmanian campuses, and our teaching is delivered both face to face and online to diverse student cohorts. 

Considering a move to Tasmania to take up this opportunity?

This position is based in Hobart or Launceston, and both cities offer excellent opportunities for employment, with quality schools and childcare, a range of housing options and lifestyle choices.  Tasmania’s  world-famous food and wine provide an abundance of fresh seafood, family-run wineries and distilleries, and culinary experiences celebrating farm-fresh produce. The island is known for its extraordinary creativity, including numerous festivals and MONA, as well as its access to adventure and nature-based activities. 

What You’ll Need to Succeed

Your distinguished leadership attributes, knowledge and expertise, coupled with high level of energy and enthusiasm will enable us to effectively continue our pursuit of excellence and achievement of the School’s, College’s and University’s purpose.

A strong record in team building and creating effective working relationships, along with a capacity to foster high performance and strategic alignment in research and teaching will be critical to support a high-quality student experience and the career development of staff.

A PhD and the demonstrated academic leadership capability to strategically and operationally lead a School, in addition to a track record of balancing and achieving outcomes and caring for people will significantly contribute to our sustainable future.

What’s on Offer

On offer is a 5-year role as the Head of the School of Humanities, underpinned by a continuing substantive role in a relevant discipline within CALE. This role is available at either Academic Level D or E and will be based in Hobart or Launceston.

Remuneration at Academic Level D/E will include a base salary between $152,077 – $164,905, plus 17% superannuation. Remuneration at Academic Level E will include a base salary between $188,051 - $191,812, plus 17% superannuation.  

An appropriate loading may be negotiated. Relocation assistance will be considered for this role, with the addition of staff benefits and discounts for health, fitness, accommodation and banking.

The University of Tasmania is one of the largest employers in the State and people are at the heart of everything we do. We strive to create nurturing, inclusive, and collaborative working environments enabling us to nurture a vital and sustainable community.

How to Apply

If this role is of interest, we look forward to hearing from you. Please provide your up-to-date resume and a cover letter outlining your motivation for the role and how your skills and experience align. You are also required to address each selection criteria outlined in the Position Description.

For further information about this position, please contact the Talent Acquisition team via TalentTeam@utas.edu.au.

We celebrate the strength that diversity brings. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community. Tell us how we can make this job work for you.

Applications close Sunday 25 June 2023, 11:55pm

Download File Position Description - Head of School Humanities.pdf

Download File Candidate Brochure - Head of School Humanities.pdf

COVID-19 Update: The University of Tasmania recognises that this is critical for the workforce at the University to protect the safety of our workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians. Applicants for this role must be prepared to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfill the requirements of this role.