Dean, Faculty of Education and Social Work University of Auckland

Dean, Faculty of Education and Social Work

Faculty of Education and Social Work

Outstanding leadership opportunity in New Zealand's highest ranked University
Leading the Faculty in its commitment to improving the quality and understanding of education and social services provision in New Zealand and internationally through high quality teaching, research and professional development.

Education ranked 20th in the 2017 QS World Rankings by Subject
The University of Auckland is seeking to appoint an exceptional academic and strategic leader with outstanding interpersonal skills to lead New Zealand's highest ranked Faculty of Education and Social Work, into the next stage of its development.

The ideal candidate will have strong strategic, management and financial acumen with the ability to support and lead innovative thinking, change and growth. As a visionary, bold in his or her thinking, the Dean will have a sound understanding of the challenges and opportunities of leading professional and academic faculty in a dynamic and demanding social and political context.

The Faculty of Education and Social Work is a complex and diverse faculty with strengths across teacher education, education research, professional learning and development, social work, human services and counselling and is home to the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (the University of Auckland's hub for higher education learning and research). The Dean will be comfortable and confident leading a high performing, multi-disciplinary faculty.

She/he will demonstrate personal empathy and leadership commitment to working effectively with Māori and the diverse population of Aotearoa New Zealand; and recognise the imperative to support Māori and Pacific achievement and encourage partnerships that acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

A true leader, the Dean will recognise that people are the Faculty's greatest asset. He/she will continue to promote a culture of collegiality in which both academic and professional staff are inspired and enabled to achieve at the highest level.

She/he will be expected to actively grow the faculty's philanthropic base and to manage the relationships with an existing portfolio of major donors, including individuals, trusts and corporates.

Reporting directly to the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, the successful candidate will ideally be an outstanding university teacher and have an international research reputation and academic credentials. The Dean will have the knowledge and expertise to lead teaching and engagement with practice communities, and to continue to grow the Faculty's research excellence and generate external funding opportunities through innovative thinking and the creation of strong relationships with key partners, nationally and internationally. With outstanding personal and professional credibility, the successful candidate will have insight, experience and commitment to leading equity initiatives.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading and largest university with over 42,000 students of whom 10,000 graduate annually in a wide range of professions and fields. The University has eight faculties and supports a number of key leading research centers and institutes. It is New Zealand's pre-eminent research institution with the largest number of top-ranked researchers.

Auckland has recently been ranked third best city in Mercer's Quality of Living Survey for the sixth consecutive year.

For a confidential discussion or further information about the role, please contact the University of Auckland as below:

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9096, email:

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, email:

Applications should be submitted via the University website

Position Reference: 18864

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, equity groups, parenting support and flexible work go to

Applications close: 22 May 2017

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