Associate Dean, Research and Innovation

Bundoora, Australia
24 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Lead and develop the Schools research culture
  • Full-Time, fixed-term for 3 years with underlying continuing Professor position, based at the Bundoora campus
  • Negotiable salary plus 17% superannuation

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

The School of Education is a collegial, collaborative and creative space for teaching, learning and research in the discipline of Education. The school recognises the value of education that is relevant and innovative and is therefore a dual sector school that works actively with industry, government and the community partners in real world settings to provide a range of programs from specially tailored intervention programs for young people at risk of leaving education to PhDs in education. These include tertiary pathways and workforce enhancement programs in TAFE and teacher education programs in Higher Education. The School respects the diversity of cultures and aims to foster responsive, independent and autonomous learners who are active and engaged citizens prepared to make a contribution to society in the 21st century.

The Role and Your Responsibilities

Reporting to the Dean of the School, the Associate Dean, Research & Innovation is responsible for:

  • leading and developing the School's research in order to achieve the strategic goals and performance targets of the School;
  • developing the school's research culture and environment and promoting research collaboration across the University and with external partners to deliver high impact research outcomes
  • delivering a high quality Higher Degrees by Research program which is integrated with the School's research agenda and activities.

The Associate Dean, Research & Innovation is a member of the School executive team and will work collaboratively with all members of the management team and staff across the school to ensure the School achieves its strategic objectives. The position has a close working relationship with the College Deputy PVC Research & Innovation.

Skills & Experience Required

To be successful in the role you will possess strong leadership skills and experience in initiating, leading and managing academic teams and projects in a collegiate environment to deliver strategic research objectives. You will bring with you a well-developed understanding of University systems in regards to budget management, quality maintenance, and good governance. The School will value your knowledge of research excellence metrics and priorities relevant to the school and your understanding of the external competitive environment and ability to think strategically. You will be required to act tactically to build research excellence based on organisational priorities and objectives. Furthermore, to ensure your success in the role, you will display a high level of interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills in order to consult with senior executives and external bodies. The role will require you to produce executive reports and negotiate agreed outcomes within a collaborative environment.

Mandatory: PhD combined with knowledge and achievements that meet the professorial criteria.

A Working with Children check is required for this role.

To Apply

For further information please contact Professor Andrea Chester on +61 3 9925 3150 or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 558674.

Applications close on Friday 17 November 2017.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria (only for the Associate Dean) as outlined in the Position Description. This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.