Academic Leadership

Randwick, Australia
21 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

We shape future cities. Cities that are resilient, informed, healthy and smart – that are connected, green, liveable and inclusive.

Our vision is to be a global leader through high impact research and education that transforms built environments and improves the lives of the people who live and work in these communities. We have an intentionally broad focus to foster cross-cutting collaboration: from future focused products, design, and development, through to the policy and planning needed to support and promote innovation. We are tackling pressing environmental and societal challenges such as urban heat and urban heat, and the spatial inequality so present in many of our cities globally.

We are focused on high performing built environments that are sustainable and resilient, anticipating future ecological needs – always based on a design ethos that promotes, and responds to, the needs of the individual, communities and the broader cultural landscape. To do this we are building an agile platform for education, research and exchange that can respond to the changing needs of the profession. We also engender a culture and capacity to anticipate the unknown; by developing skilled and enquiring graduates, with conscience, who can positively engage, adapt and shape future cities – but always in a way that puts the planet, its people, first.

About the role

  • $149,736K - $191,509 plus 17% superannuation and leave loading 
  • Continuing
  • Full-time 

An academic leadership position works collegially with the Faculty and University leadership teams to lead and manage the strategic direction and overall research performance, student education experience and community engagement of the School, Faculty and University.

Within this complex operating model, the role provides leadership to a group of academic staff who assist in carrying out the work of the School. The incumbent will assist with the financial management of the relevant area and will participate in the Faculty’s strategic and operational planning, space management and infrastructure development.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Develop a strategic vision for the relevant portfolio that is aligned to the University Strategy, and engage staff within the Faculty to realise that vision.
  • Establish and maintain a collegial, supportive and productive culture within the Faculty.
  • Drive the overall academic performance of the Faculty in meeting the University’s objectives, specifically through:
  • Providing a valuable student education experience by fostering a culture of innovation and excellence in teaching that is aligned to performance indicators such as Course and Teaching Evaluation and Improvement (CATEI)
  • Attracting high calibre students at the undergraduate and postgraduate level (including higher degree research students) consistent with the University’s target student numbers
  • Enhancing the research profile of the Faculty by improving the quality and quantity of research output including the proportion of research active staff, the quantity and size of research grants, the number and quality of publications and appropriate measures of impact such as citations
  • Developing new programs and courses in collaborator with academic staff and the Faculty in order to continually meet industry requirements for Australian graduates
  • Grow the international presence and reputation of the Faculty
  • Attract and retain staff of the highest quality to enable the strategic vision of the Faculty to be achieved.
  • Build the capability of staff through effective talent management and succession planning strategies supported by regular communication, quality performance conversations, coaching and addressing barriers to high performance.
  • Build and sustain excellent relationships with external stakeholders such as potential students and high schools, potential employers of students, donors, alumni, the community, business, and government to ensure the interests of the Faculty are effectively promoted and advanced.
  • Ensure that the Faculty is effectively administered including optimising the allocation of resources, operating within budget and meeting relevant legislative and compliance obligations.
  • Implement the UNSW Health and safety management system within your area of responsibility  
  • As part of the Executive assist the Dean in developing strategy and direction for the Faculty in order to meet agreed objectives
  • Be responsible for recruitment, employment and career development strategies (in compliance with the UNSW Enterprise Agreements), workload allocation, early career support, performance review and management, and promotion of direct reports and participate in the selection committees for broader Faculty hires
  • Manage implementation of WH&S policies and UNSW Work Health Safety management system across the Faculty and representation of the Faculty on its WH&S Committee
  • Chair or participate in Faculty or external committees as required

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Steve Lalic, Talent Acquisition Consultant


T: (61 2) 9385 3426

Applications close: 27th May 2018