Deputy Dean Rural and Remote Health

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Flinders University

Adelaide, South Australia

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Role Managed by:

Mazin Almaimani

Research Associate

t: +61 (0) 2 8075 4605


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 09/08/2021

Deputy Dean Rural and Remote Health

About Flinders University

A dynamic, progressive institution with a well-justified reputation for excellence in teaching and research, Flinders University seeks to appoint Deputy Dean Rural and Remote Health within the College of Medicine and Public Health.

Flinders’ bold vision, captured by our Strategic Plan Making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

The Deputy Dean Rural and Remote Health will provide leadership in promoting and enhancing the profile of the Rural and Remote Health discipline locally, nationally and internationally and in fostering excellence in research, teaching, program delivery, and student services across the discipline.

Working closely with the Dean and Leadership team in the SA and the NT, the Deputy Dean is charged with the implementation of initiatives aligned with the vision for Rural and Remote Health and the strategic priorities of the College and University. The Deputy Dean will work collaboratively with the Dean Rural and Remote Health, academic and professional staff to ensure that the Rural and Remote Health vision and aligned objectives are achieved.

As a member of the NT & SA Executive Team,this position will contribute to the strategic leadership and management of the entire central corridor, and to the achievement of the strategic objectives of Rural & Remote endeavours in the College and University. The Deputy Dean will be responsible for ensuring the ongoing success of the Rural Remote programs, with a specific focus on the NT including pursuing relevant growth opportunities.

The Deputy Dean Rural and Remote will work closely with:

  • The Doctor of Medicine (MD) Course Director and the MD Leadership team in SA and NT
  • The Poche Leadership to enhance Aboriginal health and capacity development
  • Community and health partners across NT and SA
  • All staff across Rural and Remote.
  • The Executive Leadership of College of Medicine and Public Health.
  • University, College, and Portfolio Administration staff.

Key Position Capabilities

  • PhD or equivalent level qualification.
  • Holds or eligible to hold registration with the Medical Board of Australia is desirable.
  • Identifies as an Aboriginal or Torre Strait Islander person (desirable)
  • Evidence of national standing in the discipline of rural/remote health. An established reputation in the Northern Territory and international standing is desirable.
  • Evidence of strong understanding of current Government rural and remote workforce and Indigenous health policies and priorities, emerging issues, and experience in working effectively with Indigenous peoples
  • Evidence of an outstanding level of achievement in research and/or education with a record of high caliber research and/or teaching outputs and significant record of success in winning nationally competitive research grants and/or contracts.
  • Evidence of an outstanding and distinguished record of achievement in the development of strategic alliances and partnerships in delivering successful educational and/or research outcomes.
  • Established collaborations in the Northern Territory is desirable.
  • Evidence of outstanding collaborative leadership resulting in a high performing culture in education and research.
  • Proven ability to translate strategic objectives and vision into deliverables that result in high performance outcomes in a demanding and complex global higher education environment.
  • Highly developed ability to develop capacity and coach others in the pursuit of all areas of academic endeavor.
  • Highly developed ability and skills in initiating and successfully leading complex cultural and academic change.
  • Outstanding negotiation and influencing skills with the ability to constructively challenge and engage others.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills including the ability to consult, network and build productive relationships within the organization and externally including Indigenous peoples.
  • Track record in managing the financial, physical and human resources of a large organizational unit.


The Northern Territory Government legislation (the Care and Protection of Children Act 2007) now requires all individuals in child related employment or whose duties involve, or are likely to involve, contact with a child, to hold a valid ‘Working with Children Clearance’ (Ochre Card). These positions involve child related work and are assessed as requiring a Working with Children Clearance/Ochre Card. 

A National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will be required by Flinders University before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

  • College of Medicine and Public Health
  • Available on a fixed-term, full-time basis for 3 years
  • Applications close Monday, 9 August 2021

Information for Prospective Applicants

For further information and initial enquiries, please contact Mazin Almaimani in the Sydney office of the executive search firm Perrett Laver at or on +61 2 8075 4605.

This is a 3-year, fixed term, full-time appointment available at Level D or above academic level.

Location: The position will be based in Darwin.