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Academic Director of PACE, Faculty of Arts

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Work type: Part Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Administration, Education/Training

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by a beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

The Faculty of Arts is a place for discovery that encourages students and scholars to explore ideas that have real world impact. Ranked among the top 100 in the world, and with disciplines spanning ancient, indigenous and contemporary cultures, languages, media and creative arts, security and intelligence and law, the Faculty’s interdisciplinary programs have a strong practical focus which is enhanced by the expertise of its academics, researchers and industry partners.

Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) is a University-wide initiative designed to provide all undergraduate students with experiential learning opportunities with a range of local, regional and international partners. PACE provides the academic framework through which students engage with the community, learn through participation, contribute to partner organisation goals, develop their capabilities and build the skills valued by employers. Over the past five years there has been a staged introduction of PACE units into all undergraduate programs across the University. Looking to the next five years, key goals for PACE are to: enhance student employability and active citizenship; enhance the University’s engagement with and contribution to its industry and community partners; and contribute to social impact and innovation through connecting with our partners and students in mutually beneficial learning activities and relationships.

The Role

We are seeking a highly motivated, engaged and capable person to lead the next stage of integrating PACE into the learning, teaching and research culture of the Faculty of Arts. The Academic Director of PACE (ADP) will be based in the Faculty, reporting to the Faculty’s Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching. S/he will work collaboratively with the Faculty PACE Manager and her team of Faculty-based PACE Officers, with colleagues in the Faculty, and with the wider PACE team.

Important strategic priorities for the successful candidate include:

  • Impact and experience: enhancing the impact and experience of PACE in Arts for students and partners;
  • Collaborative quality assurance and quality enhancement of PACE program delivery for continuous improvement and development;
  • Integration and alignment of PACE in Arts with wider University and Faculty strategic objectives; and
  • Streamlining modes of engagement for PACE partners and students to ensure cost effective program delivery.

The key accountabilities of the role include:

  • Providing leadership across the Faculty in the implementation of the PACE initiative, including the integration of PACE into the Faculty’s academic and business plans;
  • providing academic guidance in curriculum design and resource development and identifying professional development needs and opportunities for academic staff to support the introduction and delivery of PACE units;
  • convening and managing the delivery of the Faculty PACE unit(s), as required;
  • undertaking, promoting and facilitating PACE-related research in the Faculty and beyond, in line with the PACE Research and Evaluation Strategy;
  • monitoring and evaluation of Faculty PACE units and activities, in line with the Faculty’s unit review cycle and the principles and aims of the PACE program;
  • contributing at a senior level to wider PACE governance and strategic planning; and
  • preparing management reports on the implementation of the PACE initiative in the Faculty for the PACE Academic and Programs Director and the Faculty Executive. 

Selection Criteria

To be considered for the role, applicants will demonstrate the below requirements in their CV and in a 2-page cover letter, identifying the level of appointment you wish to be considered for.

    1. Demonstrated high-level capacity for leadership with success in building and sustaining effective relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders, in building highly collaborative and effective teams and in positively influencing the introduction and acceptance of change in an academic environment.
    2. PhD, or enrolment in a PhD program, in an area relevant to the academic program of the Faculty of Arts and/or PACE.
    3. Demonstrated excellence in learning and teaching with extensive knowledge of curriculum design (including co-creation of curriculum) and delivery relevant to PACE and a demonstrated capacity to attract learning and teaching funding.
    4. Outstanding capacity for building productive learning and teaching collaborations, preferably in relation to experiential or transformative learning, that enhance the experiences of students and industry/community partners.
    5. Demonstrated excellence in research relevant to PACE with a record of high quality refereed publications or other demonstrated scholarly activities and a demonstrated capacity to attract research funding and supervise research.

Additional information about PACE:  Additional information for applicants

Salary Package: Pro-rata equivalent; from $99,879 - $118,174 p.a. (Level B) or from $121,953 - $140,246 p.a. (Level C), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Part-time (4 days per week), continuing


Lindie Clark, PACE Academic & Programs Director on  or +61 (02) 9850 6481

Associate Professor Peter Keegan, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching), Faculty of Arts on or +61 (02) 9850 8819

Applications Close: Sunday, 30 July 2017 at 11:55pm

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.


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