Full-Time Director of Academic Quality
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Director of Academic Quality
- Lead and manage AUT’s academic quality assurance
- Partner, influence, maintain rigour and drive continual quality improvement
- Permanent full-time role based at AUT’s City Campus
Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is vibrant, achievement-oriented and a rewarding place to work. As one of the world’s top 30 young universities and New Zealand’s newest, we’re poised for the next stage of development. We offer a stimulating teaching and research environment with strong connections to government, business and industry. AUT has over 29,000 students and around 3,000 staff across our three teaching campuses.
Our Academic Quality Office is responsible for developing and maintaining the University’s academic policies, procedures and guidelines and coordinating the processes for the approval and review of the University’s academic programmes. It also liaises with the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) of Universities New Zealand on behalf of AUT, prepares for and coordinates the University’s participation in academic audits and ensures our programmes comply with the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.
As the head of the Academic Quality Office (AQO), the Director of Academic Quality is a highly visible and instrumental leader for AUT on issues relating to the university meeting its internal and external academic requirements, and evidence of academic standards and quality of education. This is an enabling role – pivotal in bringing efficiencies and people together. We’re looking to do things more efficiently, integrate better and partner with senior academics across the university. There is significant scope for continual quality improvement. We don’t want the AQO to be the only place expertise in this area sits, and an important part of the endeavour will be partnering with senior academics across AUT to build academic quality capability and leverage existing faculty expertise.
Key focus areas of this role include:
- Lead and manage the University’s quality assurance arrangements
- Provide specialist advice for design and development of new programmes and quality assurance capability in the faculties
- Provide detailed analysis and strategic advice on issues pertaining to academic quality assurance and high-quality teaching and learning provision
- Lead and provide oversight of academic reviews and audits, supporting the design, development and implementation of quality management systems
- Advise university colleagues in relation to quality assurance and enhancement matters
This role reports to our Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching and will also work very closely with our Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and the Director of Strategy and Planning. You will lead a team of 3 committed and hard-working direct reports, who have significant experience in the quality in education and extensive institutional wisdom.
What kind of person are we looking for?
The ideal person will deliver on processes, maintain rigour and always be looking to inform and streamline. You’ll be fully across policies and processes and will require an exceptionally high level of attention to detail but will also be creative and able to look at different and better ways of doing things. You’ll be pragmatic, resilient and solution orientated and work to very high levels of accountability. You’ll be able to forge long-term positive ongoing relationships and understand the importance of business partnering to better facilitate the university’s capability growth in shared expertise.
Applications and Key Selection Criteria
You must submit your CV, cover letter and a statement addressing how you meet the following key selection criteria:
- Extensive experience managing quality systems and quality assurance frameworks, procedures and regulations in higher education and leading an academic quality department.
- Knowledge of higher education and awareness of current issues in the higher education sector, both nationally and internationally.
- Experience of external review, inspection or audit processes.
- Experience working effectively with Senior Leadership Teams within the academic sector.
- Skilled in influencing and building trusting relationships with senior academic leaders.
- Ability to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of relevant quality assurance regulatory frameworks and requirements, and translate them into practice, providing authoritative and effective advice and guidance to staff.
- A postgraduate degree in a relevant field is required. A doctorate is desirable but not essential.
- Applicants are welcome to add further comments of their own, which they feel of relevance to the role and its requirements.
- Start Date: November 2021 (or earlier by agreement).
- For enquires or an initial confidential chat: please contact Mike Wood, Executive Recruitment Partner – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications close: Sunday 19 September at 11:55pm. We expect interviews to take place during week commencing 4 October.
At AUT we strive to be a place where people love to work and learn. We are committed to inclusivity and the Treaty of Waitangi and aspire to be the University of choice for Māori and Pacific communities. We welcome people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic situations and accessibility needs.
Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online application process. For further information, please send us an enquiry here or call 921 9499. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email. You will need to apply through the standard registration process.
How to Apply
- Apply Here - https://careers.aut.ac.nz/jobdetails?ajid=Ixdrb
- Applications close: Sunday 19 September at 11:55pm. We expect interviews to take place during week commencing 4 October.
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