Faculty Executive Director Arts

at University of Melbourne


  • Faculty of Arts
  • Key leadership and future-shaping role
  • Cultivate innovation and high performance

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the leading universities in the world, with international rankings placing it as number one in Australia and 33 in the world. Among its ten faculties and graduate schools, is the Faculty of Arts, the home of the University's first degree. Enjoying a recently completed, award-winning building in the heart of the historic campus for the Bachelor of Arts program, the Faculty community includes over 450 staff, 11,000 students, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and five interdisciplinary Schools.

Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Dean, in this co-leadership role the Faculty Executive Director (FED) will provide high-level leadership and direction in the management of service provision. With a focus on innovation, effectiveness, sustainability and efficiency, the FED will contribute to shaping the Faculty's future, and seek new opportunities to enhance the Faculty's reputation and performance. This includes guiding the development and implementation of strategic and business planning, effectively deploying resources to ensure the delivery of strong academic and sustainable outcomes, and managing key projects. The appointee will play a key role in fostering 'one culture' across the Faculty, identifying new sources of income, cultivating innovation and an external orientation, and forging strategic partnerships. Critical to success in this role will be building strong working relationships with academic and professional staff and proactively engaging across the University to ensure the Faculty has a significant voice.

You are a highly regarded and well-rounded executive with a track record of achievement gained in higher education institutions or similarly complex environments. A proven and visionary leader with strong financial and commercial acumen, you are a change agent and culture carrier who empowers, and achieves through, others. Collaborative, agile and strategic, you lead by example and possess exceptional interpersonal and stakeholder engagement skills. Underpinned by well-honed change and project management skills are your achievements in driving innovation, leveraging opportunities and establishing commercially beneficial partnerships. Diplomatic and emotionally intelligent, and with an eye to the future, you relish the opportunity to shape an iconic faculty in a world-class institution.


For further information, please contact David Pleydell at SHK Executive on +61 3 8620 8020, or submit a written application to applymel@shk.com.au, quoting reference JO-1811-26650.

Please do not apply via the University website.

Closing date - Monday 18 February 2019.

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