Head, School of Social Sciences

Job no: 507083
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide, Australia
Categories: Faculty of the Professions, Faculty of Arts, Level E, Senior Manager

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The University of Adelaide has an international reputation for conducting world-leading research across a wide spectrum of areas.  Australia‚Äôs third oldest university, Adelaide is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.

The School of Social Sciences has a strong research culture which spans various disciplinary areas including politics and international relations; geography; criminology and gender studies; sociology; Asian studies and languages; environment and population; and anthropology and development studies.  The School also includes the Stretton Institute of Public Policy; and a new centre for housing research; and a Confucius Institute.

Reporting to the Executive Dean, the Head of School is a member of the Faculty Executive therefore contributes to the overall leadership and management of the Faculty, working in close collaboration with Deputy Deans, other Heads, Directors and the Faculty Executive Director.  The Head is responsible for improving research excellence, focus and scale; ensuring continuous improvement of the student learning experience and enhancing effective stakeholder engagement for the School.

The University is seeking an individual with exemplary interpersonal skills, the ability to inspire, motivate and develop staff, and the capacity to lead a culture of high performance.  Vision, agility and the ability to pivot quickly should be supported by skills in leading change.  A record of academic distinction and the capacity to contribute to the research excellence of the School is expected, along with an established reputation as a respected leader.

For a confidential discussion, contact Bill Kett or Tanu Mehta at Heidrick & Struggles on
+61 3 9012 3043. To obtain a role statement or to apply, please email hossocialsciences@heidrick.com  by Friday 28 January 2022.

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