Head of School and Dean, Sydney Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health

Ref: 7314

University of Sydney

Sydney, NSW

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Role coordinated by:

Deborah Veness

Research Associate

t: 61 2 6198 3270

e: deborah.veness@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 23/05/2024

  • We are seeking to appoint a Head of School and Dean, Sydney Medical School
  • Located in Camperdown
  • 5 year FIXED-TERM position with an attractive remuneration package

About the opportunity

The Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH) at our esteemed University is the largest faculty, encompassing medicine, dentistry, medical sciences, nursing and midwifery, pharmacy, health sciences, and public health. Our faculty takes pride in fostering a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to address contemporary healthcare challenges.

Sydney Medical School is dedicated to improving human health and welfare through high quality education, research and the provision of health care. We are one of Australia’s oldest medical schools and internationally renowned for our cutting-edge medical education, world class research and strong partnerships with health organisations. SMS has seven Clinical Schools : six in metropolitan Sydney located at major teaching hospitals including a General Practice Clinical School established in 2022 and one rural clinical school located in Dubbo/Orange.

Our teaching programs support all stages of a medical career, from the flagship Doctor of Medicine (MD) program and postgraduate courses in medicine and surgery to professional development and short courses. The student body includes over 1,100 medical students, more than 1,400 Masters of Surgery and Medicine students and nearly 700 students undertaking higher research degrees at the Sydney Medical School.

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding academic leader at the level of Professor (Level E) as Head of School and Dean for the Sydney Medical School. The Head of School and Dean is a member of the Faculty Leadership Group and head of the leadership team for the Sydney School of Medicine. This position is responsible for executing the faculty strategy by implementing educational and research goals at the school level.

The Head of School and Dean is responsible for actively managing academic performance and fostering talent development. They have a key role in managing the external relationships of the school, including philanthropic donors, health and other industry partners. The position manages the school budget and expenditure and is accountable for the financial sustainability of the school. The position ensures compliance with work health safety standards, and all University policies.

About you (skills, capabilities and experience)

The successful candidate will:

  • hold a PhD in a relevant, cognate discipline and an international reputation for outstanding scholarship and research
  • hold a medical degree
  • have knowledge and understanding of the key strategic issues in the higher education sector, nationally and internationally, and a network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the faculty and University
  • demonstrated ability to successfully navigate the relationships between the university sector and the health sector
  • have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and proven ability and experience in working cooperatively and collegially in inclusive decision-making environments
  • demonstrated experience in people leadership and management within the higher education/knowledge worker sector
  • possess skills and demonstrated experience in financial management and in operational management practices
  • have the ability to lead, develop and support an academic endeavour from curriculum design to producing leading research, providing a student enabling environment
  • Have the ability to lead high performing research workforce

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a 5-year fixed term position on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

Visa Sponsorship and relocation assistance will be provided if required.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

Candidate Information Brochure

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The University has engaged executive search firm Perrett Laver to assist with this appointment. The Perrett Laver team will support the Selection Committee to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and to assess candidates against the requirements for the role.

For a copy of the candidate information brochure, a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out your application, please contact:

Deborah Veness

Research Associate

E: Deborah.Veness@perrettlaver.com

P: +61 2 6198 3270

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Closing date for applications

Applications close at 11.59pm AEST, Thursday 23rd May 2024.

How to apply

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