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Head of School, School of Geosciences

About the opportunity With a history dating back to 1882, the Faculty of Science is among five faculties and three University schools at the University of Sydney and conducts teaching and research across eight distinct Schools: Chemistry; Geosciences; History and Philosophy of Science; Life and Environmental Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; Physics; Psychology; and the Sydney School of Veterinary Science. The School of Geosciences is home to Geography, Geology and Geophysics, Marine Science and Environmental Studies, a dynamic group of disciplines concerned with the past, present and future of planet Earth. We are building on a rich tradition of scholarship in our founding disciplines to address the vital problems facing our environmentally and climate-stressed world.

We are seeking to appoint a distinguished academic as Head of School, School of Geosciences , who will join the leadership team of the Faculty of Science. The Head of School is responsible for the school’s academic teaching, learning and research performance outcomes that support the overall faculty strategic goals, maintaining accreditation standards (where appropriate), the student experience, meeting financial targets and the workplace culture. The position has formal financial and people delegations and is responsible for effective decision making to ensure financial sustainability.

The successful applicant will contribute to the recruitment, appointment, development and retention of talented staff who are able to attract and develop talented students. The successful applicant will also help to promote the school’s, the faculty’s and the University’s reputation for excellence and its national and international academic standing. The successful applicant must have a wide network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders, that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the school, faculty and University.

About you The successful candidate will hold PhD qualifications and will have a recognised international academic and professional standing within a relevant academic field. You will have extensive experience in people leadership and management within the higher education/knowledge worker sector, experience in working with industry, and a track record in managing financial sustainability, infrastructure and the operational needs and practices of an academic unit. Your ability to make strategic decisions, together with a strong business acumen, will support your endeavours in academic leadership, key stakeholder management and industry collaborations.

Term and remuneration The term of the appointment is four years with the possibility of renewal, subject to negotiation. The successful candidate will also be offered a professorial appointment in an appropriate discipline in the school and will retain that position at the conclusion of their headship. An attractive remuneration package will be offer.


Date24 July 2021

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type Full Time

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