Director, Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children

Wellington, New Zealand
27 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Roy McKenzie Centre for the study of Families and Children
Wellington, New Zealand

  • Director for Centre to be located in New Zealand's only School of Government (SoG)
  • SoG is part of the highly accredited Victoria Business School located in the capital city
  • New Zealand's first ranked university for research quality (PBRF 2012)

Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) is New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university, located in the vibrant cultural centre of the country. The University draws on the distinctive nature of Wellington as the seat of government, and the financial centre of New Zealand. Situated directly opposite the Parliament of New Zealand, the Victoria Business School holds the 'triple crown' (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) of international accreditations and is seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate to the Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children.

The fundamental purpose of the Centre is to undertake and publish cutting-edge, multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research on families and children, and on issues affecting families and children, in New Zealand in order to support policy and practice aimed at improving outcomes for New Zealand families and their children.

This purpose will be pursued by the Director and Centre undertaking and promoting: policy-relevant multidisciplinary research; contributions to public sector policy development; debate and dialogue between the academic community, public sector agencies, and civil society; seminars, conferences, symposia, and professional development opportunities; visiting fellowship programmes; teaching to domestic and international post-graduate students; and local, national, and international networks and collaboration.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate an international record of scholarly achievement with a multidisciplinary approach and will preferably hold a PhD in a relevant field such as economics, law, political science, psychology, sociology, or government. As this role requires a blend of academic and practitioner expertise, strong personal and professional credibility in the broad field of social policy, gained either through international academic research and engagement, and/or experience as a senior leader in the sector, will be essential. The appointment will be at either Professorial or Associate Professorial level, with the successful candidate displaying advanced experience in research, teaching, and graduate research supervision, combined with a record of work in quality peer reviewed publications.

The person appointed to this role will have a strong practical application with an outward focus, able to provide a sustained and critical mass of expertise through drawing on international research and applying it to the New Zealand context. Bold in thinking and innovative in approach, this role will suit an academic with a track record and enthusiasm for successfully developing external relationships with stakeholders, particularly social agencies and their related communities.

This is a three-year fixed term appointment, but the term is renewable subject to the availability of funding.

For more information about the University, please visit or contact Girol Karacaoglu, Head of School - School of Government at

Applications close Friday, 27 July 2018.

Victoria University of Wellington is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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