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Head of School – Psychology

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The School of Psychology is one of the most prestigious schools of psychology in Australia, with a strong reputation built on excellence in both research and teaching. The School has thriving and dynamic research profiles in almost all areas of psychology and is able to attract visitors from overseas and other institutions in Australia. The School has collaborative relationships through cross appointed staff with other schools in the University, thus creating opportunities for interdisciplinary research. 

About This Opportunity 

We are seeking an inspirational and passionate individual for this exciting opportunity of Head of School, School of Psychology. Reporting to the Executive Dean of the Faculty, the Head of School is a key operational and strategic academic leadership role responsible for enacting the School, Faculty and UQ vision, cultivating collaborative and productive relationships and delivering outstanding results across the core activities of the School.

The Head of School generates and enacts the School’s vision and strategy; inspires and leads academic and professional staff; and effectively manages the School’s resources, governance frameworks and administrative processes.

To view detailed information on the position, including the key requirements responsibilities, please refer to the Appointment Booklet. 

About You

Ideally, you will be an experienced and inspiring leader of world-class standing, with the capability to drive research and education excellence in an interdisciplinary context. You will have strong financial literacy/budget management, as well as managed infrastructure experience. You will be innovative, with demonstrated experience in developing, articulating, and sustaining a shared vision, facilitating the implementation of measurable outcomes. You will be an excellent communicator, with a strong ability to build and maintain relationships.

The Head of School will foster a culture of collegiality and develop and mentor staff to ensure the School’s continued success, while promoting the School, Faculty and University at a national and international level. 

What We Can Offer 

The Head of School role is a full-time, fixed term position for five (5) years at Academic Level E, with a possible continuation by mutual agreement of the headship appointment for a further term.

A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

For further information about UQ’s benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland’s Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 – 2021.  


For a confidential discussion please contact Professor Bruce Abernethy, Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences via email [email protected].

If you have any questions about the position or application process, please contact Caitlin Savage, Principal Advisor, Talent Acquisition via email [email protected] stating the job reference number in the subject line. 

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, go to the UQ Careers portal (please click Apply to access) and use the Apply button.

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter
  • Full Curriculum Vitae
  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section, as listed in the Appointment Booklet
  • A vision statement relating to the experience and achievements of the applicant relating to the purposes and expectations of the role, as listed in the Appointment Booklet

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box during the application form. 

About The Selection Process 

Applicants invited for interview will be expected to present a vision for driving the strategic direction of the School towards successful outcomes in the next five years in conjunction with the selection interview process.

To satisfy prerequisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal (please click Apply to access) by the job closing deadline or will not be accepted.  

Other Information 

Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment. 

Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected] 

Applications close: 30 June 2022 

Job No: R-10791

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