Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Chief Academic Officer

  • Federation University Australia
  • Ballarat, Australia
  • Sep 15, 2021
Full time President and Chancellor

Job Description

  • Senior strategic and leadership role
  • Full-time, five-year fixed-term position at our Ballarat Campus
  • Attractive salary and benefits

About the role

As Australia's leading regional University, we continue to transform lives and enhance communities; ensuring a strong and sustainable university for all. Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Duncan Bentley, and as a member of the Vice-Chancellor's Senior Team (VCST) you will play a significant leadership and management role within the University; accountable for the overall strategic leadership and management of the Academic Portfolio.

You will lead the re-imagination of Federation University's offerings and delivery in accordance with the Strategic Plan. You will establish Federation as Australia's leading community-embedded university with co-created learning in workplaces to meet regional skills shortages and campus-based employment precincts showcasing the future of work. You will lead redesign of a digital learning ecosystem focused on a lifelong learner experience, increasing access to learning opportunities for the communities we serve.

About Federation University

At Federation University, we are driven to make a real difference to the lives of every student, and to the communities we serve.

We are one of Australia's oldest universities, known today for our  student-centric approach to teaching and learning. For 150 years, we have been reaching out to new communities, steadily building a generation of independent thinkers united in the knowledge that they are greater together.

Across our university and TAFE campuses in Ballarat, Berwick, Brisbane, Gippsland, and the Wimmera, we deliver world-class education and facilities. With the largest network of campuses across Victoria, as well as a growing Brisbane base, we are uniquely positioned to provide pathways from vocational education and skills training at Federation TAFE through to higher education.

Federation University's Strategic Plan 2021-2025 outlines our ambition to be Australia's leading regional university. Our University and TAFE provide integrated lifelong learning, skills, and impactful research enabling people and communities to prosper locally, regionally, and globally.

About you

This senior academic leadership role will require the appointee to have significant university management, leadership and commercial experience and acumen. You will possess the academic credibility and interpersonal skills necessary to achieve the University strategy. You will bring an approach that is collaborative, empowering, innovative and inclusive, with the skills necessary to advocate for and represent the University at the highest level.

Key responsibilities include:

  • provide strategic, innovative, commercial, and value-driven leadership and management of the Academic Portfolio as the Chief Academic Officer of the University;
  • provide high-quality advice to the Vice-Chancellor, the University Council and their Committees;
  • manage the Academic Portfolio efficiently and effectively to meet strategic outcomes and KPIs ;
  • lead the Program Renewal project to reimagine the University's offerings and delivery;
  • lead the Academic Portfolio to ensure the integration and delivery of learning-in-the-workplace at scale, and equivalent models; and
  • work closely with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (VET) and CEO (TAFE) to leverage the University's competitive advantage as a dual-sector provider.

This appointment will be made subject to satisfactory reference, probity and security checks

How to apply

Please apply by Sunday 19 September 2021.

Following review of the candidate information booklet, a completed application will include a response to Key Selection Criteria in addition to a resume.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Kristie Husk, Manager, Talent and Employee Experience +61 3 4313 7945 or

To review the candidate information booklet and position description, please visit Job ID 850831.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please email the Recruitment team or phone 03 5327 9756.

Please note that applications will be prioritised for those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:

Diversity and Inclusion

At Federation University Australia we value diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of all cultures, abilities, sexualities and genders. Should you require additional support please email Elizabeth Spark, our Diversity and Inclusion Partner.

Find out more about our Aboriginal and Torres Islander Employment Strategy. For support or queries relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment please email Lisa Pickering, our Associate Director, Organisational Development and Performance.

A workplace for remarkable people

For almost 150 years we have been reaching out to new communities, steadily building a generation of independent thinkers united in the knowledge that they are greater together.

We are committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best talent in the regions in which we operate. From our academic and research staff to those working in student experience, we are all part of a collaborative culture that inspires the highest levels of excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. We are proud of our SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation in 2019 for recognising our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEM disciplines in higher education and research.

What we offer

You will be able to take advantage of our UniSports Health and Fitness Centre in Mt Helen, in addition to benefits such as purchased leave, annualised hours, flexible work options, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare (Mt Helen and Gippsland), discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, wellness programs, professional development programs and many other benefits. For further information visit our leave and work-life balance web page.

For more information on a career with us, please visit our website or let our staff tell you more.

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