Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching

Location
Suva, Fiji
Posted
26 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
22 Dec 2017
Ref
AC 280/17
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Closing Date

22-Dec-2017 

Background

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) position at the University carries considerable responsibility and weight. The Pro- Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) will be a member of Senior Management Group and Senate; and will chair the University Learning and Teaching Committee and other committees, working groups, project groups, etc, as agreed with the Vice-Chancellor.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) will develop and oversee strategy implementation for learning, teaching and student experience. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) will lead the development of student education, promoting teaching excellence, embracing innovation and encouraging diversity ensuring that the University’s students are effectively prepared for the competitive global employment market.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor will promote and enhance the quality of the student experience within the university and ensure effective implementation of university policies in relation to teaching, learning, supervision, whilst taking into account the views of students including those put forward by student representatives. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) will report to and be accountable to the Vice- Chancellor.

The key functions of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) are: 

  • To be an advocate for and to take a prominent role in the development and fulfilment of the University’s Learning and Teaching strategy and disseminating new techniques and learning technology. 
  • Facilitate, enhance and support opportunities for the University to engage in new and innovative academic and research activities by providing academic leadership and through necessary institutional support for the management.
  • Provide leadership in creating and maintaining academic standards and policies.
  • Develop and plan institutional and academic programs, budgeting and resource allocation; supervise staff development programs and federal grant program administration.
  • Oversee/ participate in the strategic academic planning process, academic program/ portfolio review, and curriculum development. 
  • Coordinate with the Fiji Higher Education Commission for accreditation of University programmes.
  • Provide strategic and executive leadership to ensure that the University is responsive to the academic and social needs of our stakeholder community.
  • To engage in fractional teaching in the area of discipline as negotiated annually with the Vice Chancellor.

Key Duties

The duties and responsibilities of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) shall be: 

  • Support the Vice-Chancellor in the corporate leadership of the University as a member of the Senior Management Group, providing input into strategic planning, policy development, implementation, review and monitoring. 
  • Provide sound and timely advice to the Senior Management Group on all matters relating to Learning and Teaching. 
  • Take a leadership role in strategic planning in relation to Learning and Teaching, including shaping institutional strategies and priorities and communicating strategies and priorities to internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Lead Learning and Teaching strategy in the University and plan the delivery of transformational improvements in the student experience. 
  • Facilitate and promote inter-disciplinary programmers and studies. 
  • Oversee academic programs and curriculum development; coordinate with other campuses and external groups and agencies on academic programs, lead all academic matters, initiate, participate and supervise academic planning.  
  • Develop, implement and monitor quality assurance systems and standard that will enable the University to meet and maintain the highest standards in Learning and Teaching. 
  • Consult with Deans and Directors to develop academic curriculum and programs, plan, coordinate and evaluate instructional facilities to support Learning and Teaching activities.  
  • Strengthen the image of the university by networking with academic and business organizations across the world.  
  • Make a report quarterly to the Senior Management Group on the progress/ challenges of the Learning and Teaching section of the University. 
  • Ensure that the University’s high level Key Performance Indicators around Learning and Teaching are delivered.
  • Engage in fractional teaching in the area of discipline which will be negotiated by the Vice Chancellor on annual basis.

Person Specification

Qualification

An earned doctorate (PhD or equivalent) from a recognised university.  A tertiary teaching qualification would be an advantage, as would professional membership of a recognised academic body (eg, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia).  The candidate’s qualifications should command respect and credibility in a national university, as well as with the University’s stakeholder community, including the Fiji Higher Education Commission, key government ministries, employers and the Fiji National University Students’ Association. 

Experience

Demonstrable experience in providing outstanding academic leadership and management, including:

  • A significant personal record of applied research and scholarship, leadership of research by others, and the design and operation of policies and processes for applied research across a tertiary educational organization.
  • Understanding developments in tertiary pedagogy and distance delivery (including educational technologies).
  • Understanding of academic quality assurance processes and academic programme development and experience in managing or contributing significantly to the institution’s portfolio of academic offerings.
  • Understanding of, and high regard for, scholarship, learning and research.
  • The capacity to develop and implement strategy and to initiate and implement change in a complex, multicultural environment.
  • The ability to identify and assess appropriate opportunities and partnerships to strengthen the resource base and reputation of the University.
  • Experience in effective management of financial and human resources, including staff planning, recruitment and performance management and a sound knowledge of business principles.
  • The capacity to work across organisational boundaries to achieve agreed corporate outcomes.

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Salary

An attractive salary commensurate with qualifications and abilities will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Applications must be submitted online using the University’s online job applications system which can be accessed at this address: waf.fnu.ac.fj/eoi/ 

Incomplete applications will not be considered, therefore your submission as a complete application must include:

  • Cover letter with Job Ref. No. and Position
  • Detailed CV with at least contacts of 3 referees
  • Certified academic credentials & transcripts

Should you have any queries, please email on: vacancy@fnu.ac.fj 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by Fiji National University, then your application has not been successful.

College/Division

Office of the Vice Chancellor

Department

Department of Administration

Location

Suva

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