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Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Design
at RMIT University

RMIT is hiring a dean for the School of Architecture and Urban Design to join its faculty in Melbourne, Australia.

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise in which teaching, research and engagement are central to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing experiences for its students. One of Australia’s original educational institutions founded in 1887, RMIT University now has 83,000 students including 12,000 at postgraduate level.

The university’s purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for its students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching, and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

The College of Design and Social Context encompasses RMIT University’s renowned art, architecture, design, built environment, communication, and social science disciplines. The college has 24,500 students and over 1,000 staff located in nine schools. See here for further information.

The School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT, is a multi-disciplinary design school, comprising architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. It understands design practice as an agent of cultural change within an increasingly complex and cosmopolitan world. The school emphasises the activity of designing as research and understand research as an integrated component of scholarship. Its design mission is founded on tri-polar, curated and vertically integrated scholarship. The strategic direction for the School is underpinned by three guiding scholarship principles: scholarship-of-change; curated and vertically integrated design scholarship; and tri-polar scholarship.

The Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Design will provide strategic and academic leadership to the School through ensuring the continuous improvement of the school’s learning and teaching activities as well as managing its research and development activities. Reporting to the deputy vice-chancellor and vice-president, design and social context, the post-holder will work collaboratively as a member of the college and university executive team and facilitate innovation, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary engagement within and beyond the school.


  • a demonstrated ability to develop and implement a successful vision and business plan for the school, which aligns with the College and University strategic plans
  • significant professional standing in areas relevant to the School including demonstrated capacity to build and foster research within the disciplines;
  • successful experience in managing and developing a large complement of academic and administrative including the implementation of effective governance structures with transparent decision making processes
  • outstanding leadership skills, including capacity to initiate, lead and manage change in a challenging and dynamic environment while striving to achieve strategic objectives
  • knowledge and successful experience in financial and resources management
  • capacity to exercise academic leadership to enhance the standing of the school and college locally, nationally and internationally including a significant record of achievement in research, publication and/or creative works
  • outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to collaborate, network and build relationships within the organisation and with external stakeholders
  • proven ability to combine a collegial style with decisive, clear thinking, creative solutions and practical implementation strategies
  • capacity to build teamwork and foster a collegial environment

To learn more about this opportunity, please reach out to Nicole Arnold at [email protected] for an informal conversation.

The deadline for receipt of applications is midday GMT on Friday 8 July 2022. Applications should consist of a CV and a brief covering addressing the key selection criteria.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community, and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team, and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact society telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

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