Free open Job in Australasia Associate Professor and Group Lead- Allied Health – SCU – Southern Cross University

Open to: Australian and International applicants
*Indigenous Australians are encouraged to apply

Southern Cross University is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic as Associate Professor and Group Lead for Allied Health in the School of Health and Human Sciences.

The School of Health and Human Sciences provides an exciting and innovative learning environment and works with individuals, families and communities in order to meet their health needs and requirements. The School is distinctive for its multidisciplinary understanding of client care, commitment to the prevention of disease and promotion of healthy lifestyles. The School offers fields of study across a broad range of health-related professions including biomedical science, clinical exercise physiology, diabetes education and management, midwifery, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, osteopathy, pedorthics, podiatry, psychology, speech pathology, and sport and exercise science.

The School is based across three campuses (Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and Lismore) and supports degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as postgraduate research degrees. An evidence-based approach to education is promoted across the curricula.

The Associate Professor and Group Lead Allied Health is a leadership and management position within the School and will be responsible for the effective management and operational alignment of the Schools academic staff. In partnership with the Deputy Head of School, the successful applicant will establish key performance indicators for this portfolio in consultation with the School’s Directors of Research and Teaching & Learning and the relevant professional staff across accreditation and research, clinical placements, and student management.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated history of achievement in both research and teaching in addition to a strong track-record in innovation leadership.

The successful applicant will actively contribute to a high performance culture in an environment which encourages collaboration and the free exchange of ideas.

The successful applicant may be required to travel between all University campuses in order to undertake their duties.

Ideally, the appointee should possess the following qualifications, skills, abilities and experience:

  1. A doctoral qualification in a relevant area.
  2. Successful track record in academic leadership and/or administration including the ability to lead innovation and inspire excellence amongst colleagues.
  3. A demonstrated capacity to lead quality course development and a strong track record of teaching excellence.
  4. Evidence of an established reputation in research as evidenced by publications, success in attracting competitive grants and supervision of PhD students.
  5. Demonstrated capacity to foster and manage research and research training with a spirit of collegiality in an inclusive environment that empowers staff to perform at their best.
  6. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills including the capacity to develop strategic and productive partnerships with students, staff, industry, the profession, and the wider community.
  7. Proven capacity for innovation and adaptability and flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.
  8. Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and a working knowledge of equity and workplace health and safety principles in the workplace.

Minimum Standards for Academic Staff 

A Level D academic will make an outstanding contribution to one or more categories of scholarship and the administration activities of an organisational unit, including a large organisational unit, or interdisciplinary area.

A Level D academic will make an outstanding contribution to the governance and collegial life inside and outside of the institution and will have attained recognition at a national or international level in his or her discipline. He or she will make original and innovative contributions to the advancement of scholarship in his or her discipline.

A Level D academic will make major original and innovative contributions to his or her field of study, which are recognised as outstanding nationally or internationally. A Level D academic will play an outstanding role within his or her institution, discipline and/or profession in fostering the scholarship activities of others, which may include research training.

For further information go to the University’s Minimum Standards for Academic Staff. 

Compliance and Legislative Knowledge
All University employees must comply with the requirements of:

  • The University’s Code of Conduct;
  • University laws, rules and policies; and
  • All relevant federal and state legislation, rules and regulations. 

Workplace Health and Safety 

  • Comply with the University’s workplace health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and instructions to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others at the University.
  • Take corrective action to eliminate hazards at the workplace, or report those beyond their control to their immediate supervisor.
  • Cooperate with the University to enable compliance with the relevant state WHS legislation and regulations. 


Name: Professor Iain Graham, Head, School of Health & Human Sciences
Phone: +61 2 6620 3557

Application Information
This position may attract relocation assistance.  See the Relocation Assistance Policy for more details.

To apply for this position, please click the relevant vacancy Apply button, which will redirect you to the online SCU job application form.

Your application must include a completed online application form, quote the Vacancy ID, systematically address the selection criteria, and include a CV, list of publications, and the names, email and phone number of two confidential referees. For further assistance go to Applying for a Position.

Do not include copies of your degrees, diplomas, certificates, academic transcripts etc, with your application.  If your application is successful you will be required to provide the originals of your qualifications when you commence.

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Please note that applications close on Friday, 14 April 2017 at 9:00 am AEST on the closing date. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted. 

The University is committed to equal opportunity, workplace health and safety and cultural diversity.