Executive Dean, UC Law

  • University of Canterbury (UC) senior leadership opportunity.
  • Grow and lead a thriving community of scholars.
  • Champion the University’s future vision for Law.

Applications are invited for the new role of Amo Matua | Executive Dean, UC Law, a position that is part of the Ohu Whakahaere | Senior Leadership Team reporting to the Tumu Whakarae | Vice Chancellor. A recent reconfiguration within the University has resulted in the number of faculties growing from five to six, enabling UC Law to continue its growth journey as a separate Faculty under dedicated new leadership.
UC’s Faculty of Law | Te Kura Ture is one of New Zealand’s leading law schools, consistently ranking in the top 150 law schools worldwide.  The work of the Faculty aims to combine academic rigour alongside the development of essential legal skills. With a strong reputation in traditional areas of law, UC Law also offers innovative courses in areas of emerging interest. There is a strong focus on the student learning experience, with three Faculty members having received University Teaching Awards in the last three years.
The role comes with overall responsibility for the vision and strategic direction for Law at UC. Amo Matua | Executive Dean, UC Law will be an academic and proven leader with the mana to grow and support a culture that maximises the diverse capabilities and strengths of its staff and students. The appointee will ensure the enablement and advancement of educational, research, scholarly and public engagement activities through initiatives that support success, relevancy, and sustainability.
We are seeking a highly motivated strategic leader with an outstanding academic reputation in a relevant discipline area of law and strong bicultural and intercultural capability. With significant experience of innovation and change leadership, you will be known for your ability to think critically and respond creatively in a challenging and dynamic environment. You will have led and developed new research and funding opportunities including working with the legal profession. Your strong relationship-building skills combined with your strengths in strategic academic programme development will further ensure your success in this role.
The successful candidate will be appointed to the Executive Dean role for a term of five years.  Following that five-year term, the staff member will transition into a continuing academic position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Academic rank will be assessed at the appointment stage.
Based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, the ethos of Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury is based around whanaungatanga – we value people and their differences, manaakitanga – we extend care and empower others, and tiakitanga – we will enhance and nurture our resources.
UC has an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. Its first (undergraduate) degrees and higher (postgraduate) programmes aim to foster intellectual independence, critical thinking, professional excellence and bicultural competence and confidence in every field. Committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity, the University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.
This is an exciting opportunity to further develop your unique academic leadership skills in a dynamic environment.
APPLICATIONS must include:

  • a ‘cover letter’
  • a ‘curriculum vitae‘ which includes a list of relevant research publications;
  • details of three referees; and
  • a short written statement outlining your ‘Vision for UC Law aligned with UC’s Strategy’.

Entry to New Zealand from all countries remains strictly controlled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You may only apply for this role if you have the right to work in New Zealand. For information about New Zealand work or residence visas, please visit www.immigration.govt.nz
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Sunday, 10 October 2021
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Helen Cox or David Hollander on 04 550 8000

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