Dean, Faculty of Engineering Manukura Pūkaha

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Full-time
  • UoA Department Name: Engineering
  • Campus: Auckland City Campus
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term
  • Position Number: 00002499

Company Description

  • Outstanding leadership opportunity in Aotearoa New Zealand’s highest-ranked University.
  • Enabling an evolving technological landscape through teaching, research, leadership and service to improve the lives of the people of Aotearoa New Zealand, and beyond.

Job Description

The University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau is seeking an inspirational leader with outstanding interpersonal skills and commitment to academic pursuits to become our Dean, Faculty of Engineering Manukura Pūkaha.

The ideal candidate will be ambitious for the future of Engineering, bringing strong strategic, management and financial acumen. They will encourage innovation, entrepreneurship and excellence in a manner that is inclusive and empowering for all staff and students.

A visionary, bold in their thinking, the Dean will lead the Faculty to enhance its reputation as New Zealand’s leading Faculty of Engineering for research and teaching excellence and as a global institution finding creative solutions to build a better world for tomorrow. The Dean will demonstrate a sound understanding of the challenges of leading a multi-disciplinary, research-led, academic faculty in a highly competitive international environment. A true leader, the Dean will recognise that people are the Faculty’s greatest asset. The Dean will continue to foster a culture of collegiality in which all staff are inspired and enabled to achieve at the highest level.

An accomplished relationship builder, the Dean will demonstrate a commitment to cross-faculty, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and a track record of leading meaningful engagement with external stakeholders, including the business community. The Dean will be expected to actively grow the Faculty’s philanthropic base and to manage the relationships with an existing portfolio of major donors, including individuals, trusts and corporates.

The Dean will be dedicated to Māori development through teaching, learning and encouraging partnerships that acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will ideally bring an international research reputation and academic credentials. The Dean will balance the role of being the Faculty of Engineering’s leader and greatest advocate, while contributing to the success of the University of Auckland Waipapa Taumata Rau, as a key member of the University Senior Leadership Team. The Dean will demonstrate the insight, experience and commitment to provide continued leadership to equity initiatives, including achievement of the Faculty’s goal to increase our number of women studying engineering to 33% as one of the steps toward a more equitable engineering cohort – one that is representative of New Zealand society.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading and largest university (2023 QS Ranking 87=) with over 42,000 students. The University has eight faculties and supports a number of world-leading research centres and institutes. It is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research institution, employing the largest number of top-ranked researchers in the country.

Auckland is a vibrant cosmopolitan and rapidly growing city with approx. 1.6m people living in the greater Auckland area, and the commercial heart of Aotearoa New Zealand. We are fortunate to have an abundance of natural features, including a stunning harbour and accessible coastline, native bush and moderate temperatures, which help us to retain our ranking reputation as one of the best cities in the world in which to live.

Applications must be submitted by 2 October 2022 (further detail in the Candidate booklet).

For a confidential discussion and further information about the role, please contact the University of Auckland as below:

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, email: [email protected]

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, email: [email protected]

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