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Head of School - Social Services

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec)
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Wellington - Wellington
Wellington - Wairarapa
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Full-time, permanent role.

Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Whitireia) and Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) established a strategic partnership in 2012 with the objective of providing the best quality, relevant learning experience that we can for our students. For us it is about putting learners first, transforming lives and learning together.

We are seeking an experienced manager to provide strong academic and operational leadership for the School of Social Services. The appointee will be a valued member of the Centre of Learning, Health and Social Services leadership team and be committed to developing and implementing strategies to deliver high quality, relevant and innovative academic programmes to meet the needs of our learners, employers, and the wider community.

Key accountabilities are:

  • providing strategic, and future-focused academic leadership and high-level operational management of the teaching and learning delivery activities within the School to ensure programmes are delivered to high quality and meet the needs of students and other key stakeholders
  • promoting teaching excellence, enhancing staffing capability and confidence, and ensuring staff accountability for delivery of academic programmes designed to meet student learning outcomes
  • developing and maintaining networks and relationships with our key stakeholders, particularly industry, to maintain and enhance the quality and relevance of our programmes and support strong partnerships
  • leading development and implementation of operational business plans for the School that focus on continuous improvement and maximise opportunities for collaboration, cooperation and innovation from the Whitireia and WelTec strategic partnership
  • contributing to the establishment of annual budgets, and providing day-to-day oversight and management of the School budgets.

We are looking for a highly competent academic leader and manager with success in building and managing effective teams and delivering high quality tertiary education programmes.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • a postgraduate qualification preferably in a discipline relevant to the School of Social Services
  • senior leadership and managerial experience, ideally in a tertiary education context
  • proven success in a leadership role, working collaboratively with staff and stakeholders to build capability and promote and support teaching innovation
  • a sound knowledge of the social services sector and demonstrated credibility and strongly developed networks and relationships within the sector
  • excellent analytical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • demonstrated evidence of positivity, energy, resilience and commitment in a previous leadership role
  • evidence of sound judgement and critical thinking to support effective decisions.

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Applications close Friday, 1 June 2018.

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