Free open Job in Australasia Head of School, Communication Studies at Auckland University of Technology

  • AUT is the fastest growing New Zealand university and ranked in the top 1.2% of world universities (QS rankings 2018)
  • Are you a people leader with previous significant Head of School or Department experience?
  • Lead, guide, manage and empower the School to the next level

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is a young and dynamic university that offers a stimulating teaching and research environment with strong connections to business and industry. AUT has over 29,000 students and 2,500 staff across our three teaching campuses and is located in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.

AUT’s Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies Faculty (DCT) creates jobs for the future. It is a transdisciplinary Faculty including disciplines in communication studies, computer science, design, engineering, mathematics, and an interdisciplinary area blending these fields with technology. DCT is an innovative, outward looking and inspiring hub of significant size and scale and is the largest Faculty within the University. Refreshed, growing and open to new challenges, DCT has 450 FTE staff and serves as the locus of activity for the schools of Communication Studies, Art & Design, Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and Colab.

The Role 

Ranked within the world’s Top 200 for Communication & Media Studies (QS World University Subject Rankings 2018), DCT’s School of Communication Studies is seeking to appoint a new Head of School to support our ambitious Dean and new Deputy Dean in producing great graduates. The successful candidate will secure a substantive 3 year secondment to the role of Head of School (with an option for a further 3 year extension as agreed by mutual consent) and a permanent senior academic appointment (rank commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful applicant).

This is a great time to be joining the Faculty. As a key member of DCT’s Faculty executive, you’ll work in close collaboration with the Dean and his team on Faculty strategic development and key decision making. It’s all about ‘One Faculty’ – not just a grouping of schools – and you’ll be a genuine advocate and voice for faculty decisions to ensure their successful implementation. You’ll also lead the School of Communication Studies and its 80 FTE staff through a period of regeneration – this is a true people management role and there are a number of areas around teaching, research and service to be mapped out and implemented within DCT’s roadmap and associated projects. The faculty is also recruiting for a Head of School in Art & Design during this exciting period of transition. 

To make this happen we need a leader with vision, exceptional communication skills and an ability to balance strategic thinking with operational management! You will be hands-on as you navigate this exciting opportunity leading a complex, sizeable School and driving cultural change. You will be a highly visible face of the school both with industry and internally, bringing people together during this time of reinvigoration. You’ll foster plans whilst driving key initiatives, such as: curricula reform, streamlining research strategies & themes, introducing new methods of teaching, developing your own leadership teams and importantly simplifying and empowering the school. With the variety of research and the practice-based learning approach the complexity of the school can make it seem like a faculty itself, only on a smaller scale! The position is supported by a Deputy Head of School and also offers the potential for future career development in university management roles.  

PLEASE NOTE: A full candidate information pack is available HERE and on the AUT Careers site. 

Applications and Key Selection Criteria 

We welcome applications from senior academics in relevant fields of our School of Communication Studies, who have significant academic staff leadership and management experience. 

We request applicants send their CV, publication record and a statement addressing the following key selection criteria:

  1. Sustained outstanding competence in academic leadership and service. This must include management experience of academic teams of 30 or more staff, discussed from both a strategic and operational perspective.
  2. Extensive subject matter experience in one (or more) of the disciplines related to the School
  3. PhD in a relevant field of the school and experience of practice-based learning
  4. Extensive experience of cultural and environmental change management
  5. Proven experience building collaboration in a diverse faculty
  6. Proven sustained outstanding competence and leadership in research, teaching and service (required to be appointed to the professoriate)
  7. Experience in establishing effective and enduring relationships with business, government, professional groups and the wider community
  8. Applicants are also welcome to add further comments of their own, which they feel of relevance to the role and its requirements. 

If you understand the importance of institutional context and want to make a genuine contribution to a high performing school and faculty, then this is the opportunity you have been looking for. 

For a confidential discussion contact Alycia Hurley, Senior Recruitment Consultant (alycia.hurley@aut.ac.nz or +64 9 921 9207) or Mike Wood, Executive Recruitment Partner (mike.wood@aut.ac.nz or +64 9 921 9185).

  • Closing date: Sunday, 24 February 2019 at 23:55pm (NZST)
  • Interviews will take place in April/May 2019. We anticipate the successful candidate starting early 2020

* QS World University Subject Rankings 2018 

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