Head of School, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

Sydney, Australia
15 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. We employ over 7,600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) seeks to appoint a distinguished academic as Head of School, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI). The School is comprised of five departments: Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Gender and Cultural Studies, History, and Philosophy. The appointee will have a record of original and innovative contributions to research, learning and teaching, and academic management.

The Head of School is a member of the senior management team of FASS. Under the broad direction of the Dean of FASS and within the general outlines of the Faculty Strategic Plan and the Faculty budget, the appointee will have the overall academic leadership, financial, and management responsibility of the School.

The Head of School will provide leadership and support for the School’s teaching and research activities and will be responsible for its general management, including its staff, finances, and physical resources. The appointee will be an outstanding scholar in one of the disciplines included in the School who respects and promotes the range of scholarly interests represented within SOPHI. They will have a track record of effective leadership and management, ideally within the higher education sector. The appointee will demonstrate the capacity to think strategically, provide leadership and vision, oversee the development and implementation of strategy, and have high-level management skills including effective budget management, professional stakeholder engagement and HR experience. In addition, the successful applicant will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and team building skills.

The Head of School will supervise and work closely with the chairs of departments and professors in the School to ensure the provision of leadership across the key areas of learning and teaching, research, curriculum and community relations and development. Informed by the established and emergent research strengths of the School, the appointee will also be expected to contribute to the development and implementation of the School’s strategic direction.

The Head of School must have a wide network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders, that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the school, faculty and University.

While the focus of the position is academic management, it is expected that the appointee will continue to contribute to research and scholarship in their own discipline. Preference may be given to individuals with experience and expertise that will complement the existing teaching and research strengths of the School.

Term and remuneration

The successful applicant will be offered a full-time continuing position, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation and confirmation period for new appointees. The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package, and will hold the title of Professor.

How to apply

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

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 910/0518C for more information and to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm (AEST) Sunday 29 July 2018

We are committed to diversity and social inclusion.  We welcome applications from women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,  people with a disability, people who identify as LGBTIQ and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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

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