Associate Dean, Research and Innovation

Melbourne, Australia
07 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Drive research excellence in across the disciplines in the School of Design
  • Full-Time, fixed-term for 3 years with underlying continuing Professor/Associate Professor position *
  • Academic level 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.

Established in 2017 the School of Design comprises the disciplines of Industrial Design, Digital Design (including Animation and Interactive Media) and Communication Design. The school builds on RMIT's leading national and international reputation in design research through a range of design approaches and contexts from the experimental to the applied. RMIT is internationally recognised for its excellence in design research and practice, industry and community collaborations and its higher degrees by research.

This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced design researcher and research leader to lead the establishment of a vibrant design culture within the School of Design.

The Role and Your Responsibilities

Reporting to the Dean of the School, the Associate Dean Research and Innovation is a critical leadership and management role responsible for driving learning and teaching quality, research relevance and industry engagement for the discipline. They will be expected to work across disciplines and schools to deliver effective learning and teaching and research outcomes.

The Associate Dean Research and Innovation is accountable for providing strategic leadership and mentoring to the design disciplines, consistent with the University and College strategic plans and objectives. This will be done in collaboration with the Associate Deans Discipline and the Dean, and will contribute to the School Executive's strategic planning and development of the School. This is an integrated leadership role that includes 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 leading and managing academic teams in a collegiate environment to deliver strategic objectives. You will bring with you a well-developed understanding of budget management, quality management, and good governance.

The School will value your capacity to think strategically 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 research along with your substantial academic, research and relevant professional achievement will contribute to the overall standing of the School both nationally and internationally.

Mandatory A 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 apply via the RMIT careers site and enter job no. 559006 or contact Laurene Vaughan, Dean School of Design or via email

* 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 Tuesday 3 April 2018.

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.