Discipline Lead, Design

Ho Chi Minh City (VN)
22 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Discipline Lead, Design

Job no: 556128
Work type: Full time - Fixed term/Contract
Location: Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh
Categories: Architecture & Design

RMIT Vietnam, an entity of RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia), has campuses in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. We provide internationally recognised, high-quality, education and professional training for students, clients and the community, and assist in the development of human resources capability in Vietnam and the region by hosting students from Australia and many other countries. RMIT Vietnam's focus is around three main goals; growth in student numbers, quality of programs, staffing and infrastructure, and differentiation in the way that it teaches digital engagement, fostering industry relationships and providing international opportunities.

All degree programs are recognised by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) and are subject to regulation by the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). RMIT Vietnam is an English speaking university.

We have recently reviewed the structure of our School of Communications & Design, to ensure operational efficiency, refine our program offerings, and improve the experience of both students and employees.

As a consequence, we have created several new roles and are now looking for suitably qualified senior academics to join us.

A Discipline Lead (DL) in the School of Communication & Design is:

  • responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of a specific creative discipline;
  • a member of the School’s Senior Management Team and represents their discipline in discussions and strategies within the School.

The Discipline Lead - Design will work with the Head of Department - Design and the Head of School and coordinate activities within Design programs. The DL role is to meet the needs of students, staff, and industry, and to ensure a consistent high quality of academic leadership is delivered across programs under their lead. The DL Design will also contribute to the strategic direction of the School by working collaboratively with other members of the School’s Senior Management Team and promoting their Design discipline through marketing and commercial activities.

The Discipline Lead will have direct line-management of all staff in the discipline area.

The scope of responsibilities includes assisting with strategic planning for all Design programs, program management at program level, quality assurance, student relationship management, human resource management, program budgeting and resource management.

The Discipline Lead will be required to fulfil the requirements of a Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor or Professor, in accordance with RMIT and Australian Academic Expectations framework.


To be considered for this leadership role, applicants must address the following 5 criteria in the cover letter:

  • In accordance with our Academic Expectations Framework, all applicants must hold a relevant PhD. 
  • Demonstrate significant engagement with Design practice and the profession
  • Proven track record of practical outcomes/projects within a relevant Design discipline
  • Proven leadership experience within Design education and/or the Design industry
  • A demonstrated ability to provide leadership in developing quality and innovative learning environments for students and staff

In addition:

  • Your appointment, title, and salary will depend on your learning and teaching attributes, level of management experience, your research contributions, and industry background. 
  • Appointment and promotion processes align with RMIT University globally.
  • To meet Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) requirements, all non-Vietnamese academic candidates must have at least 5 years relevant experience, teaching in a University environment.
  • English is the language of teaching and communication at RMIT Vietnam. For this role, the minimum requirement is IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent).
  • Non-Vietnamese candidates must also meet the requirements of the Vietnamese Work Permit process.

Applications close: 17 Sep 2017 SE Asia Standard Time