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Head of School, School of Social Sciences and Professor

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The University

Monash is full of thinkers and doers who are looking for their next challenge. So if you’ve forged a rewarding career so far, this role provides the perfect platform to join us. You’ll have access to quality research facilities, infrastructure and teaching spaces to do exciting work, along with opportunities to collaborate internationally. You’ll be part of a university that’s made up of inspirational, challenging thinkers and doers – and continue doing work that makes a lasting impact.

The School of Social Sciences is consistently ranked among the best social science schools both nationally and internationally. It is the largest school in the Faculty with 83 staff and 7,757 students and one of the largest consolidated schools of the social sciences nationally. Interdisciplinary teaching and research collaboration is encouraged.

The School offers a wide-ranging undergraduate program and a variety of postgraduate degrees in Anthropology, Criminology, Human Geography, Politics and International Relations and Sociology. A major focus of our teaching is to help students become responsible and informed global citizens.

The School of Social Sciences is a place of vibrant research activity and has research strengths focused on social and environmental transformations. The Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program provides doctoral training that equips students to understand and respond to complex legal, political, social, cultural and economic problems; developing the necessary skills and expertise needed to advance knowledge for the public good and lead the next generation of social change.

The School is highly-engaged with international partnerships and projects and is committed to the global challenges of Monash’s Impact 2030 strategy: climate change, geopolitical security and thriving communities. The School is home to three flagship research centres delivering to this strategy and creating significant impact and engagement beyond academia: the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre; the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre; and the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre.

The Opportunity

The Head of School will provide high level leadership to the administrative, resource and business planning activities of the Faculty, and contributes to the overall governance of the Faculty.

Reporting directly to the Dean, responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Providing high-level strategic leadership to the School that is aligned with Faculty and University strategic plans
  • Actively engage in research in line with the Faculty’s research strategy and provide innovative and effective leadership for the expansion of the Faculty’s HDR program by attracting high quality HDR students
  • Staff leadership and management, including team building, recruitment and selection, performance management and staff development
  • Strong and committed leadership in teaching, curriculum development and research training by participating in Faculty’s curriculum planning and development processes, academic committee’s and relevant examination processes
  • Work collaboratively with key staff across the Faculty and broader University community and support the Dean as a trusted advisor

As a Professor you will have demonstrated experience in establishing a strong collegial program of research capable of attracting substantial external funding and grant allocation bodies. An international leader in their discipline of choice with a reputation of being an expert in the field (published in top tier journals) and delivering research excellence through procuring competitive research grants.

With a flexible attitude and the ability to adapt to any circumstance, you will be able to consult and liaise confidently with senior-level stakeholders. You will have demonstrable experience liaising with government bodies both national and international, ensuring compliance with numerous frameworks and policies. As a strong inclusive leader, you will strive towards excellence at all times and continue to maintain our positive culture and morale. With your natural desire to challenge the status quo, you will be passionate and have high levels of innovation to drive change and process improvement.

The Benefits

We offer you an engaging and dynamic role that includes many opportunities to network with highly motivated colleagues around the globe, as part of a committed and professional team. Our collaborative and supportive environment will offer you many benefits, including a competitive salary (including 17% Superannuation), travel and relocation support, and opportunities for training and development. This challenging role will deliver great rewards to the right applicant.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills and successes of our staff. We invite you to apply to join us as part of our dynamic learning programs and high-quality research environment.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.


Your application must address the selection criteria and we encourage you to keep your application concise. Please refer to “How to apply for a senior academic position“. At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. This position at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that respects and embraces differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

Position Description

Head of School, School of Social Sciences and Professor


Professor Rita Wilson, Interim Dean, Faculty of Arts, [email protected] or +61 3 9905 2100

Closing Date

Sunday 10 July 2022, 11:55 pm AEST 

At Monash University, the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors remain our priority. In accordance with the Directions issued by Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, we require all staff, students and visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical exemption from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in order to attend our campuses and locations.

For the latest information on COVID-19 at Monash, please visit our website.

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