Head of Department, Finance

Updated: about 6 hours ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Job Type: FullTime


  • Full-time, Continuing position
  • Salary Academic Level E + 17% Superannuation and Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, and hybrid ways of working

About You

The Head of Department (Finance) is accountable for providing strategic and academic leadership and management, consistent with RMIT’s strategic plans and objectives, to the disciplines and for contributing at a senior level to the strategic planning and development of the School.

The Head of Department (Finance) has a key role within those Schools that need the provision of academic leadership and strategic direction for a suite of programs that comprise a distinct academic discipline. They have both research and academic program leadership roles for that discipline. The Head of Department (Finance) works closely with the Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching), and with the relevant discipline-related Program Managers to manage the development and renewal of the curriculum for courses in the area concerned. The position is responsible for assuring program and course quality and relevance within the University policies and external compliance requirements.

The Head of Department (Finance) is assisted by the relevant Program Managers and the School’s professional staff who take responsibility for the student-related matters.

Head of Department (Finance) is a member of the School executive team and is required to work collaboratively with all members of the School management team and with staff across the school to ensure that the School achieves its strategic objectives.

The time fraction for the leadership role will be determined in line with the applicable workload allocation model.

To be successful in this position, you’ll have as a minimum:

  • PhD or demonstrated equivalence, combined with knowledge and achievements that meet the professorial criteria.
  • Strong leadership skills and experience in initiating, leading and managing academic teams and projects in a collegiate environment to deliver strategic objectives.
  • Demonstrated understanding of University systems in regards to budget management, quality maintenance and good governance. 
  • Demonstrated capacity to think strategically and to act tactically based on organisational priorities and objectives.
  • Demonstrated high level of interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills including the ability to consult with senior executives, external bodies, produce executive reports, negotiate agreed directions, outcomes and targets within a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to lead and contribute to cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral teams.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing L&T leadership and expertise that contributes to improved student outcomes.
  • Substantial record of academic, research and professional achievement in an area relevant to the discipline, and the capacity to exercise academic leadership to enhance the standing of the School nationally and internationally.
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to learning and teaching quality, research development, and industry and community engagement.

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children and National Police Check.

About the Portfolio

About the College of Business and Law

RMIT’s College of Business and Law takes an industry and student-centred approach to its courses and programs, ensuring graduates are work ready and able to tackle business challenges, balance stakeholder needs, act as socially responsible global citizens and create fair and positive futures for all. The College delivers impactful research informed by industry, which supports its strong position as a College at the intersection of business and technology with social impact. Its important work is underpinned by the principles of quality, collaboration, big ideas and putting people first. As one of the largest Business Schools in the Asia Pacific region, the College is comprised of five schools – four in Melbourne and one in Vietnam – and delivers a broad range of programs in Business and Law, ranging from Degree to PHD levels. The College’s Business and Law programs are delivered in Melbourne as well as through RMIT Online, with its Business programs also available in Vietnam and through partner institutions in Singapore and Shanghai. The College employs over 1000 staff and delivers programs to over 26,000 students The College’s central operations are located at RMIT University’s City Campus in Melbourne and reside in the Swanston Academic and Emily McPherson buildings.

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About the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing

The school began as the Department of Economics and Finance in 1990 and in 2005 the discipline of Marketing joined the Department to become the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing. As a School we aim to provide practical, relevant, and innovative economics, finance, marketing, blockchain enabled business and social impact programs; research; industry training and consulting which graduates, employers, industry and university peers acknowledge as amongst the best available in the international marketplace.

We offer undergraduate programs in Economics, Finance and Marketing, postgraduate programs in Finance and in Marketing and Blockchain Enabled Business and higher degrees by research (Masters or PhD) in all three of our disciplines (Economics, Finance and Marketing). Our undergraduate programs are also offered at RMIT Vietnam and through our partnership with The Singapore Institute of Management.

We are a multi-disciplinary team with cutting edge facilities looking to engage with others.

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To Apply 

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability for this position by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page.

For further information about this position, please see the Position Description hyperlinked below.

Position Description Head of Department Finance


Applications Close:
3 Jan 2024 11.59 pm

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 Isla n der community.  

At RMIT, we are committed to supporting adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, as well as during employment. We actively support and encourage people with disability to apply to RMIT. To discuss adjustment requirements, please contact Kassie (Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor), via talentsupport@rmit.edu.au or visit our Careers page for more contact information - https://www.rmit.edu.au/careers .

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