Executive Dean, UC Arts

Amo Matua | Executive Dean
Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts

  • University of Canterbury (UC) senior leadership opportunity.
  • Champion the University’s future vision for Arts.  

Applications are invited for the role of Amo Matua | Executive Dean, Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts, a position that is part of the Ohu Whakahaere | Senior Leadership Team reporting to the Tumu Whakarae | Vice Chancellor. The role of Executive Dean is to champion the University’s future vision for the Faculty in alignment with the UC Strategy, through leadership that is participatory and inclusive.
Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts is academically vibrant and culturally diverse. Arts degrees are offered in over 40 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and creative arts. Academic staff are passionate, research-active leaders in their field making an impact locally and on the world stage. They ready their students to solve new and as yet unknown problems and prepare them for the jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago; and the jobs that have yet to be created. With the country’s only Digital Arts and Professional & Community Engagement programmes, Arts at UC is uniquely placed to develop the connectors, creators and communicators for a changing world.
The role comes with overall responsibility for the vision and strategic direction for arts at UC. The Amo Matua | Executive Dean, UC Arts 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 arts 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 wider sector. 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 whānaungatanga – 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.
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 Arts 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 
This role may require that you are, and remain, fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any additional doses or boosters that become available, during your employment with the University of Canterbury.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Sunday, 6 February 2022
FURTHER ENQUIRIES: Helen Cox or David Hollander on 04 550 8000

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