Deputy Head of School (Student Experience)

Appointment Type: Full-time, continuing appointment at Associate Professor plus 3 year renewable term as Deputy Head of School (Student Experience)

Salary: A remuneration package up to $171,853 per annum (inclusive of base salary $131,906-$145,218 per annum17%, employer's contribution to superannuation and leave loading.) 

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

Position Overview
Southern Cross University is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic as Deputy Head of School (Student Experience) in the School of Health and Human Sciences.

This is an opportunity for an experienced and effective academic leader to join Southern Cross University, one of Australia’s most vibrant educational institutions. Southern Cross University has established a reputation for a progressive and innovative approach to tertiary education and has strong connections to the local community.

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 delivers programs across three campus locations (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.

Reporting to the Head of School, the Deputy Head of School (Student Experience) is responsible for the management and operational alignment of the School’s academic portfolio with a particular focus on the student learning experience.

The successful candidate will have excellent people leadership and management skills and a collegial approach. S/he will motivate others to continuously improve educational quality for students and the research profile of the School. S/he will be PhD qualified in a discipline of relevance and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to research and other attributes key to success as a senior academic leader.

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.

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

  1. Demonstrate a capacity to lead and manage a wide and complex educational portfolio which requires demonstrated strong people management, communication and leadership skills.
  2. A doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline area.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to effectively manage an allocated responsibility relating to the School’s human, physical and financial resources.
  4. A track record in scholarship and research in teaching and learning as evidenced by publication output, grant application income, and supervision of higher degree research candidates.
  5. Demonstrated effectiveness in research-led teaching and learning within a university environment.
  6. Evidence of professional engagement and a commitment to regional-urban engagement.
  7. A capacity for adaptability and flexibility in rapidly changing higher education and teacher education environments.
  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
As a Level D academic, the successful candidate will make an outstanding contribution to one or more categories of scholarship and the administration activities of an organisational unit; 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.

The successful Level D candidate will make major original and innovative contributions to his or her field of study, which are recognised as outstanding nationally or internationally and 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

  • Establish and lead a strong culture and commitment to Workplace Health and Safety within the School as it relates to staff and students. 

Contact for Further Information
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 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.

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* Salary has been converted at the prevailing rate on the date placed