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Recent appointments: Head of Social Work at Victoria University Melbourne

About the role

The Head of Social work will oversee all activities to ensure the development of the social work discipline and ongoing accreditation of all Social Work programs offered at Victoria University. The appointee will also represent the Social Work team in external forums, such as at the Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social work.

The successful incumbent will be someone with energy who is innovative, progressive and collaborative in the way they work. The incumbent will also collaborate with the College Director of Learning and Teaching and others to develop and promote seamless and strong pathways for Social Work with other relevant courses.

The successful incumbent will provide research leadership of Social Work staff. In collaboration with the Dean of the College, Professor Karen Dodd, and others, the incumbent will shape and strengthen the research focus of social work at Victoria University. The successful incumbent will personally seek external competitive grants, publish high quality research, and undertake postgraduate supervision.

The right candidate

Candidates must be eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers, hold an earned Doctoral qualification in Social Work and have an emerging national and/or international reputation in a field of social work to qualify for a professorial level appointment. Team leadership and collaborations are also required for success in the role.

To learn more, and to apply

To obtain the candidate information package containing the full position description and selection criteria, email VUSW@desailly.com.au

Applications and enquiries should be forwarded to the retained search firm assisting Victoria University on this appointment, via VUSW@desailly.com.au

Applications must include:
 Brief covering letter;
 Specific responses to the Key Selection Criteria providing examples of demonstrated experience and capabilities;
 Nominated referees; and
 Full curriculum vitae stating responsibilities and achievements against each role you have held.

Application close date

The official application close date is soon.

About Victoria University

Victoria University is one of Australia’s leading dual sector universities.
Its mission is to be open and excellent, creating exceptional value for any student from any background and uplifting communities in its heartland, the West of Melbourne, and beyond.
Last year the university celebrated a ‘Centenary of Opportunity’. In this time, Victoria University has had a transformational impact on thousands of students from diverse educational, social and cultural backgrounds, in the West of Melbourne and beyond.

Victoria University’s emphasis on applied and translational research is enhanced by its location in the West of Melbourne, which is a hub of industry in Victoria experiencing rapid growth, with a diverse population. Active engagement with industry and the university’s communities offers the chance to bring innovation to address the challenges being faced across Australia and internationally.
Victoria University has a strong commitment to community engagement. One such example is Footscray University Town, which is a joint initiative with the Maribyrnong City Council to revitalise Footscray and deliver long lasting benefits to residents, businesses, workers and Victoria University students and staff.

The university’s commitment to building  a strong future for its communities will be achieved by:
– Education; Providing high quality, engaging, career-based tertiary education at all levels of vocational and higher education with flexible entry and exit points, appropriate pathways, engaging and rigorous curriculum and contemporary delivery; while maintaining rigorous standards and ensuring that all students are supported to meet those standards.
– Research and Engagement; Undertaking high quality and innovative applied and translational research which results in healthier, smarter and sustainable communities in the West of Melbourne and beyond, and connecting deeply with industry and the community, in turn enhancing the quality of teaching and learning.