Dean of School, Media and Communication

Melbourne, Australia
28 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Dean, School of Media and Communication

  • Lead one of the largest schools in the College of Design & Social Context
  • Lead and manage large academic teams
  • Focus on major partnerships globally

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise in which teaching, research and engagement are central to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing experiences for our students. The College of Design and Social Context encompasses RMIT University's renowned art, architecture, design, built environment, communication, and social science disciplines. The college has 24,500 students and over 1,000 staff located in 8 schools.

The School of Media and Communications is in the top 100 for Communication and Media Studies and delivers the full spectrum of educational programs from certificate to PhD across four academic disciplines; advertising, communication and writing, music and audiovisal and screen and media,. The School has a strong international focus and is set to drive careers to succeed in the global context, with programs and courses offered onshore and offshore.

The Role & Your Responsibilities

Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor, the Dean of School is responsible for driving the highest quality in learning and teaching, research relevance and industry engagement across the four academic disciplines. The Dean will work across the school to deliver effective learning, teaching and research outcomes, ensuring continuous improvement in L&T and growing the school research profile, which will contribute to the College agenda and strategic goals. Managing a significant revenue budget, a suite of national and international partnerships, and a strong industry engagement portfolio, the Dean is also accountable for providing strategic partnership leadership with significant outward-facing activity.

Skills & Experience Required

To be successful you will have proven leadership skills and experience in initiating, leading and managing academic teams and projects in a collegiate environment. It is critical that you have the demonstrated ability to think strategically and act tactically whilst displaying a high level of interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills. You will bring with you a thorough understanding of financial management, academic management and good governance in a University context. In addition you will have experience with providing L&T leadership and expertise that will contribute to improved student outcomes.

Ideally you will bring with you a substantial record of academic, research and professional achievement in an area relevant to a core discipline within the School, and the capacity to exercise academic leadership to enhance the standing of the School nationally and internationally.

To Apply

For further information please contact Professor Paul Gough via - or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 563924.

Applications close on Sunday 16th July 2018.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

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.