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School Manager, School of Humanities and Social Sciences job with DEAKIN UNIVERSITY

  • flexible location
  • Full-time and Continuing
  • HEW 9 $118,333 – $125,421 + 17% Superannuation

Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the online Cloud Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university, with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities.

As part of Deakin’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School Manager will provide strong leadership to support the school’s strategic objectives, human resource planning and recruitment, physical assets, course development and accreditation and the implementation of University policies and Faculty guidelines.

The successful candidate will lead the operational management of the school and administrative support for academic governance, research, finance, infrastructure projects, course marketing, staff management, occupational health and safety and alumni engagement.

key responsibilities

  • Lead with values, ethics and emotional intelligence to grow team resilience, inclusion and performance and set clear standards of expected behavior and celebrate and reward outstanding performance
  • Support and guide others in managing workplace stress, role model optimism in times of change and strive for balance in behavior in terms of inclusivity, sustainability and excellence
  • Actively analyze school activities to ensure sustainability. This includes reviewing academic workload allocations in line with overall financial management of the school, staff management plan, space, course innovation and unit rationalisation.
  • Analyze problems, identify accessible and inclusive solutions and translate complex issues into clear and understandable goals and targets
  • Lead the coordination, support and advice in relation to school administrative and operational matters
  • Conceptualize local plans in alignment with university strategies and monitor progress and risks, adapt personal and team priorities and plans as required
  • Ensure university governance, including the development of work instructions, procedures and guidelines to enable and support the delivery of operations
  • Identify and address barriers to effective teamwork and interaction across the University and take action to eliminate competition and ‘silos’ between individuals, teams, faculties and divisions
  • Actively promote and drive inclusive change using broad influencing skills to gain support and overcome barriers.

To be successful you will have:

  • Postgraduate qualifications and extensive relevant experience; or
  • Extensive experience and management expertise; or
  • An equivalent combination of extensive relevant experience and/or education/training
  • Experience in administration and related activities in a large organization with complex administrative structures, policies and procedure

Applications for this position close on the 8th of August, 2022


  • This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a Working With Children Check (refer to Deakin’s Recruitment Procedure for further details)

Successful applicants will need to comply with vaccination mandates imposed by the relevant state/territory government. Applicants who attend third-party sites to undertake University activities will also be required to comply with any other directions or requirements in place at the third-party location.

Please submit your resume, a short cover letter and responses to the Key Selection Criteria.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Ciara Boyd, Director, Faculty Services at

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

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

We understand that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse, and we recognize academic careers may be placed on hold throughout many life circumstances. Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality, as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we strongly encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.


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