Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Health Sciences

at University of Otago



The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Otago invites applications for the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Health Sciences.

As New Zealand's most research-intensive university, and a top-ranked university globally, the University of Otago attracts first-rate academics and students from around the world and has recently been awarded a five-stars-plus rating from the international ranking organisation QS Stars.

Our graduates are renowned for their independence and audacity of spirit, and our alumni hold a variety of high profile roles across a wide range of professions including health, government, education, research, business, and industry both within New Zealand and internationally.

The Division of Health Sciences at the University of Otago is New Zealand's leading provider of education and research in health and biomedical sciences. Health Science staff and graduates are acclaimed throughout the world for their clinical and research excellence. Across three campuses in Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington, the Division of Health Sciences delivers undergraduate programmes to approximately 4,910 full-time students in Biomedical Sciences, Dental Technology, Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Nursing, Oral Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Radiation Therapy programmes.

A further 1,350 full-time students study postgraduate qualifications in either one of the disciplines noted above, or in other programmes including Bioethics, Medical Sciences and Public Health. The academic and clinical activities of the Division of Health Sciences are supported by nearly 1,000 academic staff, with an annual budget of $241 million.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Health Sciences, reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor and is a member of the University senior leadership team, contributing to the wider University's strategy and development, including a highly ambitious building programme. Within the Division of Health Sciences, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor leads the Division's Executive Management Team and, in addition to overseeing a variety of core academic functions, is responsible for high-level strategic development, external engagement, and for contributing to broader health-related matters of national and international significance.

To continue the visionary leadership in Health Sciences, we would welcome enquiries from candidates with a distinguished record of research and leadership together with a scholarly reputation of the highest quality, and a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. These qualities should be evidenced by successful leadership at a senior management level in a research-intensive university, together with a national profile and international reputation.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Health Sciences, will be based in Dunedin. The successful candidate will require outstanding interpersonal skills and will be expected to work collegially across the University and to promote strong links with external stakeholders, particularly in the wider health community.


All enquiries should be directed to our search partner, Academic Search International:

Sonia Pechner Executive Director

T: +64 9 379 6900

Applications will close on Friday, 16 March 2018.


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