Head of School, School of Social and Political Sciences

The University of Sydney - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

About the opportunity
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) wishes to appoint a distinguished academic as Head of School, School of Social and Political Sciences. The individual appointed will have a record of original and innovative contributions to research, learning and teaching, and academic management. 

The Head of School is a member of the senior management team of FASS. Under the broad direction of the Dean and within the general outlines of the Faculty Strategic Plan and faculty budget, the Head of School will have the overall academic leadership, financial and management responsibility of the school. 

The Head of School will supervise the chairs of the school’s departments. Of critical importance will be the ability to work closely with these department chairs and the professors, in the provision of leadership across the key areas of learning and teaching, research, curriculum and community relations and development. You will also be expected to develop the school’s collaborative activities with colleagues across the University, including the United States Studies Centre. 

Informed by the established and emergent research strengths of the school, you will contribute to the development and implementation of the school’s strategic direction. 

While the focus of the position is academic management, it is expected that you will continue to contribute to research and scholarship in your own discipline. Preference may be given to individuals with experience and expertise that will complement the existing teaching and research strengths of the school. 

About us
Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students. 

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us. 

Term and remuneration
The initial appointment will be for 5 years with the opportunity for renewal subject to assessment of performance.

The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package, will hold the title of professor, and will have a substantive continuing position in a relevant department. 

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website. 

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number to apply. 

Closing date: 11.30pm 12 October 2017 (Sydney time) 

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. 

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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