School Manager, School of Culture and Communication

Melbourne, Australia
09 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Culture and Communication
Faculty of Arts

Salary: $99,199 - $107,370 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

About The Faculty of Arts, School of Culture and Communication

The School of Culture and Communication is a thriving research centre for critical thinking in the humanities. This agenda is led by world-leading scholars whose fields of research include literary and cultural studies, art history, cinema and performance, media and communication and Australian Indigenous studies. The School is also host to a range of funded research concentrations, such as the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, the Australian Centre, the Centre for Advancing Journalism and the Research Unit in Public Cultures. More broadly, our academics publish, speak and blog on topics as diverse as romanticism, poetry, Asian popular culture, digital media, climate change, network societies, gender and sexuality, racism, cosmopolitanism, and contemporary arts.

One of the largest Schools in the Faculty of Arts, we contribute exciting majors and subjects to the Bachelor of Arts, as well as offering unique Masters level courses that lead towards professional vocations in publishing, writing, museums and galleries, other arts and media institutions. Our extensive doctoral program includes coursework, as well as many opportunities to participate in reading groups, seminars, conferences and other events that augment the intellectual values of the School.

Our School considers the public life of the humanities an enduring tradition that enriches contemporary society, and we have many community and industry partnerships through which we engage with a wider audience. Explore the School website to discover more about our courses, research programs, graduate seminars, and cultural events.

About the role

The School of Culture and Communication is one of the largest and most diverse Schools in the Faculty of Arts, including 9 academic disciplines (Art History and Curatorship, Arts and Cultural Management, Australian Indigenous Studies, Creative Writing, English and Theatre Studies, Journalism, Media and Communications, Publishing and Communications, and Screen and Cultural Studies). The School teaches into 7 majors for the Bachelor of Arts, offers 8 masters by coursework programs, and multiple RHD programs. The School is also a rich research environment with a strong engagement profile.

The School Manager is accountable for the provision of high level strategic planning and management of School operations, including management a core team of professional staff. As a member of School Executive, the incumbent is required to work collaboratively with the Head of School and all members of the management team to ensure that the School achieves its strategic objectives.

The School Manager ensures the effective delivery of all administrative and operational requirements of the school, including; financial planning and administration, human resource management, operations, and resources management, including space and the production of key reports. The role develops and maintains effective relationships with Faculty-based functions that deliver services and support to the School in the areas of Academic Support, External Relations, Research, Strategy and Planning and Employee Services.

The School Manager has operational accountability to the Head of School and forms part of a larger network of professional managers led by the Faculty Executive Director.

About you - skills and attributes will be highly regarded:

  • Postgraduate tertiary qualification or an equivalent combination of significant relevant experience and/or education/training;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the strategic planning processes within a complex organisation;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead, motivate and supervise a team of staff across varying functions and levels;
  • Demonstrated ability manage change processes in a dynamic environment, and the ability to influence and negotiate with stakeholders at senior levels of an organisation;
  • Extensive experience in the effective management of financial and budgetary operations within the tertiary sector, or complex organisation;
  • Demonstrated ability to implement new policies, procedures, and initiatives;
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise judgement and deal discreetly and effectively with students and academic and administrative staff at all levels;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

† The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 University in Australia and among the leading Universities in the world, according to The Times Higher Education world reputational ranking, the National Taiwan University ranking, The Times Higher Education world university ranking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Close date: 6 Feb 2018

Position Description and Selection Criteria


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