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Head, School of Population and Global Health

Melbourne, Australia
An attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

Job Details

Salary: Level E Professor, an attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.
Superannuation: Employer Contribution of 17%
Working Hours: Full Time 1.0FTE
Basis of Employment: 5 years, with opportunity for extension


Step into a pivotal leadership role at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, where you'll be at the forefront of transforming public health on a global scale. Join us in the vibrant Parkville precinct, renowned for its cutting-edge facilities and world-class experts. As Head of School, you will create an environment where students thrive, and where you'll be integral to shaping the future of public health, driving the University's Advancing Health and Advancing Melbourne 2030 agenda through strategic and impactful leadership.

Your Role

In this influential position, you'll translate our strategic goals into meaningful, high-impact initiatives. You'll hold a professorial appointment within the school, reporting directly to the Dean and contributing as a key member of the Faculty Executive team. Your leadership will inspire teams of academics and professionals, fostering a collaborative, high-performance culture that champions innovation, career progression, and global research partnerships while keeping students at the heart of everything you do.

About You

We are seeking an ethical and visionary leader who exemplifies our Faculty values of Collaboration & Teamwork, Compassion, Respect, Integrity, and Accountability. You will bring:

  • Leadership Excellence: Current Level E Professor status with a distinguished international reputation in a relevant field.
  • Strategic Vision: Demonstrated ability to craft and implement a compelling vision, inspiring and uniting teams of academics and professionals towards common goals.
  • Collaborative Spirit: Proficiency in fostering a collaborative, high-performance culture, working closely with the Deanery Executive to integrate innovative initiatives across research, teaching, and community engagement.
  • Values-Driven Leadership: A leadership style grounded in values, with a proven track record of inspiring others and achieving strategic outcomes in diverse and complex environments.

A full list of key selection criteria is available in the attached PD.

About Us

Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

MSPGH was established in 2001 as the first school of its kind in Australia with a vision to make a difference in the population and public health sphere - building on the substantial assets of our university to advance public health in communities nationally and internationally - with a strong focus on Indigenous peoples. The school has almost 1,000 students enrolled in graduate programs.

The School comprises five Centres, two Institutes, and one Lab that focus on key areas of population and global health that are relevant now and will have tangible impacts on the health of national and international communities into the future.

Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is a diverse faculty renowned for its research excellence, teaching, training, and policy leadership across the breadth of medical, biomedical and health science fields.

The faculty comprises six schools and 41 departments, centres and institutes. It employs more than 2750 FTE staff members and has a large and committed community of honorary members. It educates around 11,000 students each year, offers over 140 courses, and is a significant research contributor to the University of Melbourne.

Employee Benefits

We offer generous employee benefits to help maximise your work life. These include flexible and family friendly working conditions, salary packaging, internal School and Faculty grant schemes including a dedicated scheme for women and generous leave provisions. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a culturally rich and values-based environment.

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How to apply

Your application submitted should include a cover letter, CV and document with responses against the selection criteria found in the Candidate Pack for the role.

Candidate Information PackHead of School, MSPGH - Candidate Pack.pdf

Applications close: Wednesday 3rd of July 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


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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