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Head, Little Hall

Melbourne, Australia
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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Exciting opportunity to lead a vibrant student residential community Deliver an enriching personal and academic experience for students Home to the prestigious Hansen Scholarship Program The University of Melbourne seeks an academic leader to develop and maintain an outstanding academic and social environment at Little Hall, a modern and contemporary residential hall at the University of Melbourne.  Leading the delivery of an enriching experience for students, both personally and academically, the Head will ensure that the Hall’s program of support reflects the unique identity of the residency and the diverse student body it supports.

Reporting to the Director of University Colleges and Residential Life, and with three direct reports, the Head, Little Hall will work collaboratively across the University Colleges and Residential Life portfolio to coordinate and optimise the support, programs and services provided to students.  This includes the development and delivery of residential programs focussing on academic support and community building, including pastoral care, safety and wellbeing.  Working closely with the Director of the Hansen Scholarship Program, the Head will also ensure that the specific needs of the resident Hansen Scholars are met.  With a future focus, the Head, Little Hall will also develop, implement, evaluate and report on the strategic direction and initiatives of the Hall, leading and celebrating its promotion within the University, alumni and the wider community.

With proven scholarly, leadership and management experience obtained at an educational institution, you will hold a relevant postgraduate qualification, ideally at doctoral level.  A track record in leading and mentoring students in an academic environment will be essential, and your strengths in communication, influencing and negotiation will be required to engage with a broad stakeholder group, including the student cohort, external partners, senior university executives and donors.  With a demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic and operational plans, you will be enthusiastic in leading and inspiring a high performing team to develop and promote Little Hall, while preserving its unique identity and offering.

The University

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research.  The University’s main campus in Parkville is recognised as the hub of Australia’s premier knowledge precinct, comprising eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide-range of knowledge-based industries.  With outstanding performance in international rankings, the University is at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.  The University of Melbourne employs people of outstanding calibre and offers a unique environment where staff are valued and rewarded.

The first hall of residence of its kind in Australia, Little Hall is ideally located between the heart of Melbourne and the University’s Parkville campus.  As a new kind of residential community, Little Hall offers a modern take on a college experience within a premium apartment-style building for up to 669 residents.  Home of the prestigious Hansen Scholars Program, residents benefit from a specially designed program of social and cultural activities, academic support and career networking opportunities to support personal, academic and professional development.  Little Hall residents are part of a welcoming and vibrant community, with access to a range of social, sporting, cultural and volunteering opportunities.

For further information about the University of Melbourne, please visit:

Applications close:  9 June 2024.

To apply: Please visit and ‘Apply Online’, addressing your cover letter and resume to Sharyn Gowans, Partner of Fisher Leadership and quoting reference UOMhlh0524 .  For a confidential discussion, please contact Sharyn Gowans on 1300 347 437 or +61 3 9016 6000.


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.

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

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