Associate Dean, Sustainability and Urban Planning

Melbourne, Australia
02 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Drive learning and teaching (L&T) quality, research relevance and industry engagement for the discipline
  • Full-Time, fixed-term for 3 years with underlying continuing Professor position
  • Academic D/E plus 17% superannuation, based at RMIT's CBD campus

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 Global, Urban and Social Studies aims to contribute to a just and sustainable world through the provision of education, training and research across a range of social science disciplines. We provide academic programs in both Vocational and Higher Education, from certificate to PhD, in four main areas:

  • Criminology, legal and justice studies
  • Global studies, languages, translating and interpreting
  • Social work, youth work, community services and social policy
  • Sustainability and urban planning

The Role and Your Responsibilities

Reporting to the Dean of the School, the Associate Dean (Sustainability and Urban Planning) is a critical leadership and management role responsible for driving learning and teaching (L&T) quality, research relevance and industry engagement for the discipline. They will be expected to work across disciplines and schools to deliver effective L&T and research outcomes.

The Associate Dean is accountable for providing strategic and academic leadership and management to the discipline, consistent with the University and College strategic plans and objectives, and for contributing at a senior level to the strategic planning and development of the School. This is an integrated leadership role that includes learning and teach ing, research and industry engagement.

The Associate Dean 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.

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 capacity to think strategically and to act tactically based on organisational priorities and objectives whilst displaying a high level of interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills. These skills will be required for your interactions with senior executives and external bodies and your involvement with cross disciplinary and cross-sectoral teams. Your leadership and expertise in learning and teaching along with your substantial academic, research and relevant professional achievement will contribute to the overall standing of the School both nationally and internationally.

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 Robin Goodman, Dean School of GUSS on +61 3 9925 8216 or view a position description visit and search using job reference number 558135.

Please note that your substantive Associate Professor/Professor position will be assessed in line with your skills and experience. A position description for the substantive role will be available upon request.

Applications close 11:55pm on Sunday 19 November 2017.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

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.