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Head of School, Psychology

Armidale, Australia
Competitive salary
Closing date
14 Jul 2024

School of Psychology

  • Fixed Term, full-time for three years
  • Competitive salary 
  • Plus 17% employer superannuation
  • Salary packaging options are available
  • Armidale based role
  • Relocation assistance provided
  • Applicants must have appropriate Australian work rights for the duration of this position (UNE will not provide sponsorship for this position)

Acknowledgement of Country

The University of New England (UNE) is a regionally based, globally networked university renowned for the quality of its student experience and the excellence of its research specialisations. In addition, UNE pioneered teaching to external students making it the most experienced provider of distance and innovative online education.

UNE emphasises its people, staff and students' growth and development. We aspire to be a leader in innovation and change and a centre for the Armidale and the North-West communities.

Equity, diversity and inclusion are central to the core values of UNE and we are committed to engaging, supporting and growing a richly diverse workforce. From the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the heart of our campus, to the inclusive organisations such as the UNE Ally Network, the UNE Women's Society, and the many international cultural groups - all will feel valued and respected at UNE.

You will embody the UNE values and strive to be Open, Enquiring, Exceptional and Making a Difference. Additionally, you will be committed to achieving the goals embedded in the Future Fit Strategic Plan Future Fit 2021-2030: Personalised Learning Journeys, Empowering Communities, and Building Resilience.

About the role

The Head of School is a key leadership position within the Faculty. The position reports to the Executive Dean and, sitting on the Faculty Executive, has a close working relationship with all members of the Faculty senior leadership group. The position leads this diverse School in achieving the objectives of the University strategic plan, and goals of the Faculty. The position has four broad areas of responsibility: (i) Leadership and Strategy, (ii) Teaching and Learning, (iii) Research; and (iv) People and Performance Management. 

This is a senior management role in the Faculty and the position will be responsible for leading a thriving and innovative work environment, promoting excellence in teaching and learning and interprofessional education, fostering strong partnerships and pathways with internal and external stakeholders, especially with industry, government and professional bodies, and driving research engagement and impact (both health discipline and pedagogical). The Head of School will work closely with the Executive Dean, Associate Deans and Faculty Operations Manager to develop, operationalise and deliver on sustainability and growth strategies for the Faculty.

About you

We are seeking a vibrant, innovative and collaborative senior academic leader, with a health background, a track record of achievement of results, and personal traits including agility and determination. Experience in developing and executing cohesive interprofessional education would be advantageous. Demonstrated skills in people and performance management is a must, and recency of clinical practice is desirable.

You will embody the UNE values of Openness, Inquiry, Exceptional and making a difference. In addition, you will be committed to achieving the goals embedded in the Future Fit Strategic Plan Future Fit 2021-2030 : Personalised Learning Journeys, Empowering Communities, and Building Resilience.

About the Faculty and Schools

The Faculty of Medicine and Health offers quality health professional education programs across a range of disciplines and professions, underpinned by a philosophy of inter-professionalism, innovation and evidence-based practice. The Faculty is committed to the University's objectives of providing excellent teaching, outstanding learning facilities and a first-rate student learning experience. The Faculty includes three Schools: The School of Health, The School of Rural Medicine and The School of Psychology.

Further information can be found on the website at Faculty of Medicine and Health

About Armidale

Armidale is an attractive and vibrant city that combines all the features of a bustling regional town centre with the tranquility of rural living. It boasts gourmet restaurants and cafes, boutique shopping, quality schools and sporting facilities. Surrounded by mountain gorges, waterfalls and national parks, Armidale’s natural beauty and distinct seasons make it an ideal place to live and thrive. To find out more, visit

Enquiries and additional information

To discuss this role please contact the Executive Dean, Medicine and Health, email:   

Closing Date: Midnight, Sunday 14 July 2024

Reference No: 224088

Please visit for further information about this position and other career opportunities at UNE.

To Apply 

Submit your application through and refer to vacancy ref 224088.

Your application should be comprised of:

  • Covering letter;
  • Responses to selection criteria;
  • Current CV;
  • Certified qualifications cited in your application for this position.  

About Our Process

At UNE, we are committed to employing individuals who meet the requirements of this role and align with our values. All applicants will be contacted and advised of an outcome. The successful candidate will be required to undertake pre-employment checks prior to commencing in this role as indicated in the position statement. Please visit our Privacy Statement to understand how your information is collected, stored, accessed and used.

National Police Check

If you are the successful candidate for this role you will be required to provide UNE with a National Police Check prior to your commencement. Please note that people with criminal records are NOT automatically barred from applying for this position (unless there is a particular requirement under law).

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