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Deputy Director, Williams Centre for Learning Advancement

Melbourne, Australia
$140,433 – $186,288 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Job Details

Job no: 0060657
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for five years with an underlying continuing appointment within the Faculty of Business and Economics
Faculty: Faculty of Business and Economics
Department/School: Williams Centre for Learning Advancement
Salary: Level C/D – $140,433 – $186,288 p.a. plus 17% super

About the Role

The Deputy Director of the WCLA works collaboratively with the Director in leading a team that comprises both academic and professional staff, including educational specialist and learning designers. In partnership with the Director, the Deputy Director also provides the Faculty with expert advice on ensuring the Faculty continues to develop high quality and innovative graduate and undergraduate subjects and programs which support an increasingly diverse set of learners to thrive. The Deputy Director recommends and facilitates the implementation of appropriate strategies for improving teaching and learning performance in the Faculty. The Deputy Director is also responsible for encouraging research and scholarship in teaching and learning in the Faculty.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Director in developing a set of strategic priorities that fully align with the Faculty's Business Plan
  • Providing advice on any matters related to teaching and learning to the Faculty, individual departments, Academic Program Directors, teaching teams, and individual academics
  • Ensuring that benchmarking is undertaken internally and externally to the University in the relevant areas to ensure resources are being used effectively to achieve the Centre's mission and agreed strategic priorities
  • Publishing in high quality scholarly outlets related to education and learning

Who We Are Looking For

You should have a strong record of high-quality research and publications in the field of education and learning, coupled with demonstrated excellence in higher education teaching, particularly in business and economics. Your expertise should extend to providing effective student learning support for a diverse cohort at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, you must showcase the ability to lead and manage a team with diverse responsibilities, collaborate with academic staff on curriculum reform, introduce teaching innovations, including e-learning technologies, and work collectively to achieve the strategic and operational teaching and learning objectives of the Faculty.

You will also have:

  • A doctorate in business or economics or a related discipline, or related to education and learning within business and economics disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and oversee the implementation of projects and to attract research grants and sponsorships.
  • An excellent understanding of effective evaluation methodologies.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – The Williams Centre for Learning Advancement

The WCLA was established in 1997 to nurture teaching and learning in the Faculty. It was the first embedded teaching and learning support centre in a Business Faculty in Australia and has become the model for similar units in other universities in Australia and worldwide. WCLA works to assist staff with all aspects of teaching including curriculum design, development and review, pedagogy, teaching skills, assessment practices and evaluation, assurance of learning and the preparation of teaching portfolios for promotion purposes.

WCLA has a strong research culture.  It has a strong record in obtaining numerous external and internal teaching related grants. Academic staff in the Centre have published in key education journals.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Nick Petersen via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 11 Dec 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position Description: Download File Deputy Director_WCLA_PD.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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