Faculty General Manager

Sydney, Australia
29 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Medicine and Health
Faculty Office

  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in leadership and operational management and development of strategic objectives and goals
  • Opportunity to manage the design and development of strategic objectives and goals for the faculty
  • Full-time continuing, a competitive remuneration package will be offered which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is a world class institution with a global reputation for academic and research excellence, employing more than 7600 permanent staff, having in excess of 60,000 students, and a total income in excess of $2 billion. The University is now seeking to appoint a Faculty General Manager of the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

The University has recently concluded an extensive strategic planning process, resulting in the implementation of a new design for the University’s academic organisational structure to drive synergies in research, education and external engagement. Consequently, the University has established the new Faculty of Medicine and Health with the new faculty to take effect from April 2018. This new faculty brings together the five current health faculties – Dentistry, Health Sciences (at a later time), Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, and Pharmacy, as well as the Schools of Public Health and Medical Sciences - into a single faculty. In addition, the ten clinical schools which currently report to Sydney Medical School will be established as organisational units within the faculty. This faculty will account for over half of the University’s research outputs and around 40% of all academic staff.

Reporting to the Executive Dean, Professor Robyn Ward AM, from July 2018, and Professor Stephen Garton, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Faculty General Manager is a member of the Faculty Leadership Group. This group consists of the Executive Dean, three Deputy Executive Deans and eight Associate Deans along with the Head of School and Deans, Heads of School and Heads of Clinical School. The position has input into the University's strategic plan and governance particularly in relation to business, people, and operational management strategies and practices, and participates in whole-of-University decision making, which is reflected back in School strategies and operational plans.

In this position, you will:

  • manage the design and development of strategic objectives and goals for the faculty
  • help design how the Faculty Leadership Group will work together
  • help develop the culture for the new faculty
  • provide operational management for the faculty
  • provide effective financial management for the faculty
  • provide effective leadership and management guidance and support to the staff
  • provide strategic input and guidance on external and community engagement
  • oversee and manage the effective utilisation and deployment of resources for the faculty and its related entities
  • manage risk and workplace health and safety for the faculty and its related entities 

About you

The University’s values are courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Faculty General Manager who possesses:

  1. Tertiary qualifications in business administration or related field with extensive relevant experience in business administration and/or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
  2. In depth knowledge and understanding of the key strategic issues in the higher education sector and/or health sector, nationally and internationally, and how these translate to the practical operational management requirements of a large scale, research active and internationally competitive academic endeavour.
  3. A demonstrated ability in balancing day-to-day operational needs against longer-term strategic requirements, demonstrated experience in designing goals that are well aligned with the strategic direction and the identification of ways to secure efficiencies through improved processes and the prioritisation and reallocation of resources.
  4. Extensive experience in people leadership, development, engagement and management, ideally within the higher education sector and/or health sector. Demonstrated skills to motivate and mobilise diverse teams to create a positive workplace culture and achieve organisational outcomes.
  5. Excellent consultation, communication, negotiation and networking skills to drive internal and external engagement.
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and deploy effective working relationships across a diverse range of people.
  7. Demonstrated experience in executing large-scale transformational projects and change initiatives, including identifying clear objectives and key measures of change, building commitment among stakeholders, understanding people management implications, and aligning and developing organisational capacity with strategic outcomes.
  8. Demonstrated track record in setting and managing large scale budgets, meeting financial targets, and managing for financial sustainability.
  9. Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to work with and utilise data and database platforms to inform and drive organisational, operational, financial and people related decision making.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We are Australia’s first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

How to apply

To apply please contact:

Kirsten Ludlow, Principal
T: 02 9225 7400
E: kirsten.ludlow@boyden.com

Philip Graham, Associate
T: 02 9225 7400
E: philip.graham@boyden.com

Closing date: 11:30pm 19 February 2018 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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