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Director, Academic Operations
Federation University Australia in Ballarat, Australia
Date Posted 03/07/2022
Executive-Other Executive
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Director, Academic Operations

Location : Melbourne, Australia
Salary : Academic Level D range $148,195 - $163,073 or Academic Level E $190,365 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
Posted : 04 Mar 2022
End of advertisement period : 20 Mar 2022
Ref : 851386
Job Type : Senior Management & Heads of Department, Directors
Contract Type : Fixed Term
Hours : Full Time

About the opportunity

Federation University is transforming the way we deliver higher education to respond to changing student and employer demand, which is increasingly focused on preparation for careers for life and not simply a discipline-based qualification. We have brought together six schools into three interdisciplinary institutes, focused on attracting lifelong learners and adopting a ‘co-operative’ model of education.

We are seeking leaders for the following opportunities:

  • Director, Academic Operations, Institute of Health and Wellbeing;
  • Director, Academic Operations, Institute of Education, Arts and Community; and
  • Director, Academic Operations, Institute of Innovation Science and Sustainability.

Each Institute will be led by an Executive Dean responsible for driving the implementation of the Federation University co-operative learning model and positioning the University as a highly differentiated and even more deeply community and employer-embedded university. The institute will bring together multiple disciplines to break down silos and build an adaptable and agile cross-university model focused on driving innovation and engagement. Our aim is that by 2025, all Federation University programs will include opportunities for extended, immersive workplace learning.

The Director, Academic Operations is responsible for:

  • supporting the Executive Dean with the implementation of the Federation University Strategic Plan;
  • establishment of the new Institute; actively contributing to the operational, educational, and engagement leadership, and the planning, continuous improvement, development, delivery, coordination, assessment and evaluation of current and potential programs;
  • managing strategic partnerships to deliver the co-operative model and enhance and promote the University’s profile; and
  • people management, cross-campus coordination, and managing engagement and partnerships.

About Federation University

At Federation University, we are driven to make a real difference to the lives of every student, and to the communities we serve.

Across our university and TAFE campuses in Ballarat, Berwick, Brisbane, Gippsland, and the Wimmera, we deliver world-class education and facilities. With the largest network of campuses across Victoria, as well as a growing Brisbane base, we are uniquely positioned to provide pathways from vocational education and skills training at Federation TAFE through to higher education.

Federation University’s Strategic Plan 2021-2025 outlines our ambition to be Australia’s leading regional university. Our University and TAFE provide integrated lifelong learning, skills, and impactful research enabling people and communities to prosper locally, regionally, and globally.

We are the number one ranked University in Australia for First Generation Student Enrolments (Good Universities Guide 2022). Along with top rankings in Victoria around student support, social equity, skills and employment. This includes:

  • Number one in Victoria for Social Equity
  • Number one in Victoria for Skills Development (undergraduate)
  • Number one in Victoria for Student Support (undergraduate)
  • Number one in Victoria for Skills Development (postgraduate)
  • Number one in Victoria for Full Time Employment (undergraduate)

About you

The successful appointee will possess:

  • alignment to the University’s MSALs for Academic Level D or Academic Level E equivalence;
  • demonstrated ability in academic leadership, including the ability to lead change within a complex and dynamic tertiary education institution;
  • experience in supporting effective interdisciplinary, cross-Institute and cross-campus communication with a commitment to facilitating collaborative and collegial working relationships;
  • a working knowledge of the Higher Education sector in Australia, including the accompanying regulatory requirements;
  • a demonstrated understanding of the trends in international education and research, including the changes and challenges faced by the sectors, industry trends and developments and the needs of employers in the industry sectors;
  • ability to promote and enhance the profile and reputation of the Institute and University; including the capacity to support the Institute’s commercial and industry engagement and international partnerships; and
  • analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to develop and implement innovative and practical solutions.

All University positions delivering education and/or services to children must hold a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC). Please refer to the position description for WWCC requirements.

Directions from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer require all Victorian-based Federation University workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

How to apply

Please apply by Sunday 20 March 2022.

Applicants are required to address the Key Selection Criteria, in addition to a resume. To view the Position Description, please click here: Download File 851386.pdf

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please email the Recruitment team or phone 03 5327 9756. Our position descriptions also list a contact person for job specific enquiries.

A workplace for remarkable people

For 150 years we have been reaching out to new communities, steadily building a generation of independent thinkers united in the knowledge that they are greater together.

We are committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best talent in the regions in which we operate. From our academic and research staff to those working in student experience, we are all part of a collaborative culture that inspires the highest levels of excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. We are proud of our SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation in 2019 for recognising our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEM disciplines in higher education and research.

At Federation University Australia we value diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of all cultures, abilities, sexualities and genders. Should you require additional support please email Bianca Molloy, our Manager, Organisational Development and Diversity.

Find out more about our Aboriginal and Torres Islander Employment Strategy. For support or queries relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment please email Bianca Molloy, our Manager, Organisational Development and Diversity.

What we offer

We foster a positive culture shaped by our values of inclusion, innovation, excellence, empowerment and collaboration as outlined in Federation’s Living Values Charter.

You will be able to take advantage of our UniSports Health and Fitness Centre in Mt Helen, in addition to benefits such as purchased leave, annualised hours, flexible work options, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare (Mt Helen and Gippsland), discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, wellness programs, professional development programs and many other benefits. For further information visit our LinkedIn Life page or our leave and work-life balance webpage.

For more information on a career with us, please visit our website or let our staff tell you more

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