About the opportunity
The Rector is accountable for the strategic direction and overall performance of research, the student education experience and community engagement in UNSW Canberra, and to provide highly effective management of the Faculty strategy, planning, human resources, finances, physical resources, and administrative activities.
The role of the Rector reports to the Provost and leads the Faculty Executive in shaping and realising the Faculty’s future. Heads of Schools and Centre Directors report into the Rector along with the Faculty Executive Director and three Associate Deans (Research, Research Engagement and Education).
UNSW has a unique footprint, and longstanding relationships in Canberra; UNSW Canberra is the official education provider to the Australian Defence Force Academy. With a new city campus to host a Defence and Security Innovation Precinct you can work at a university that is doing cutting-edge research that has real world impact. As part of UNSW, ranked one of the top 50 universities in the world, and first in Australia for research and impact, UNSW Canberra has broad scope for collaboration in education, research, defence and industry partnerships.
What you will bring to the role
To be successful in this role you will have:
- A distinguished record of strategic leadership in pursuit of academic excellence.
- The capacity and vision to provide strategic leadership to the UNSW Canberra in the development and implementation of its mission, goals and objectives.
- An appreciation of the values and roles of a major teaching and research university operating in an international context.
- The capacity to manage and implement successful change which encourages superior teaching, scholarship and innovation.
- A demonstrable record of operating in a complex business model and applying sound business and commercial acumen characterised by fact-based decision making.
- A demonstrated capacity to represent the University effectively in a variety of external settings through networking, partnership building and influencing skills.
- An understanding of the complexities of the relationships between the university sector and industry, government, and the defence sector and the capacity to interact effectively in this environment.
- A commitment to the guiding principles and objectives outlined in UNSW’s 2025 Strategy and the ability to articulate these principles and objectives in a variety of settings.
- Knowledge of and commitment to the principles and application of Equal Employment Opportunities, Anti-discrimination legislation and Occupational Health and Safety legislation in the workplace.
- An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
To learn more, and to apply
To obtain full details and for a confidential discussion, prospective candidates should contact Rosalind De Sailly at UNSWRector@desailly.com.au
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