Head of School of Economics and Finance

Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Job description

Albany or Palmerston North

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor , Massey Business School

We seek a dynamic, innovative and effective manager and academic leader to head the School of Economics and Finance – a leader with the vision and drive to continue to build on the School’s excellence in teaching, research and engagement.

Massey Business School (New Zealand) is seeking an academic leader who possesses sound management skills, to Head our School of Economics and Finance. Working closely with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Dean), you will lead a large and diverse School across three campuses in Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington.

MBS’s strategic priorities are Thriving Work Environment, Impactful Research, Teaching & Learning Excellence, Engaged Stakeholders, Responsible Citizenship, Globally Capable Staff and Students, and Diversified Revenue Streams. We are accredited by AACSB, Association of MBAs and are a CFA partner school, and in 2017, we were ranked in the world’s top 150 internationally in Finance & Accounting and top 250 in Economics in the QS rankings. The School has a positive culture that enables scholars to thrive in their teaching, research and professional service, including engagement with industry.

To be successful in appointment to this role, you will be a dynamic, innovative and effective academic leader, who possesses a clear and compelling vision to shape the future strategic direction, academic development and research achievements of the School of Economics and Finance. Proven management and financial planning skills, along with superior human resource management abilities, are also essential for this role. This role will offer you an outstanding opportunity to further develop a well-established and internationally recognised School, with the flexibility to be based in either the Auckland campus in Albany, or the Manawatū campus in Palmerston North.

Appointment will be on a permanent (tenured) basis, with the role as Head of School being an initial term of five years, after which time a further term may be available. Preference is for candidates appointable at Professorial level, although Associate Professor may be considered for the right candidate.

Applications close on 10 December 2017

Further enquiries should be directed to:
Preeti Mathew Verma
Staff Recruitment & HR Advisor
+64 9 2127037

Job description
Purpose statement
To provide effective leadership and strategic management of the School of Economics and Finance.

The Head of School provides academic leadership and strategic management of the School within the strategic framework of the College and wider University. The Head of School contributes to the mission and strategic objectives of the College as a member of the College board and College Executive Team.

Responsible to Pro Vice-Chancellor, Massey Business School

Key accountabilities
School Leadership
• Provide effective leadership and strategic management to staff of the School together with the School management team by developing and implementing a strategic plan for the School in line with the College and University direction.
• Lead the planning and implementation of structural, process and culture change when and where appropriate
• Maintain an effective School management structure and supporting processes
• Exercise delegated authority of PVC for compliance with university policies and procedures
• Implement University policy and regulations

College Leadership
• As a member of the College Executive, contribute to the strategic direction and decision-making within the College
• Serve as a member of College Board
• Contribute to governance of the College and of the University as required

Management of School resources
• Negotiate School budget with PVC
• Allocate budgets within the School using a transparent process agreed with School management team.
• Work closely with School management team to ensure optimum utilisation of resources
• Work closely with School management team to ensure that resource allocation decisions are made promptly and with minimum compliance costs

Staff management
• Ensure a supportive, motivating and safe working environment for staff members
• Ensure that the selection, development and recognition of staff within the School is conducted appropriately
• Ensure that all staff members have a PRP interview each year
• Maintain a fair and effective School workload allocation policy in conjunction with School management team
• Empower staff to perform at their best through effective delegation and support
• Ensure a leave management plan is in place for all staff and that leave balances are monitored and managed
• Ensure compliance with employment and Health and Safety legislation.

Academic Quality
• Ensure that the School provides quality academic programmes that attract sustainable levels of students
• Manage the IPP process for the School
• Coordinate the structure and content of academic offerings across the school, making appropriate allowance for local flavour
• Ensure adequacy of academic quality processes, accreditation and act as Chief Examiner for all the School’s offerings
• Build PhD and Masters research programmes within the School

Stakeholder engagement
• Manage external relations on behalf of the School
• Develop and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders
• Encourage and support effective external engagement by staff
• Liaise with college senior staff on planning and operational matters
• Ensure research centres are meeting obligations and are properly managed

• Undertake a personal research agenda as agreed with the Pro Vice-Chancellor
• Undertake other duties as directed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor

Person specification
A PhD in Economics, Finance or related disciplines is required.

• Significant and successful leadership and evidence of managerial experience
• An in depth knowledge of academic management principles and systems
• Experience in a managerial team work setting
• Proven ability to manage financial and non financial resources

Personal attributes and behaviours
• Ability and inclination to engage, facilitate, support, respect and advocate for staff
• Ability to manage change in a university setting
• Ability to manage conflict effectively
• Ability to decode information, maintain a strategic appreciation and translate into practical actions
• Ability to manage a budget effectively
• Ability to build and maintain effective collaborative working relationships
• Proven leadership and participation in community engagement activity

Additional Pre-employment Checks
Requirement to pass a Criminal and Traffic Convictions (Security) Check performed by the Ministry of Justice .
Requirement to pass a Credit History Check performed by Veda Advantage Personal Information Services.
In addition, there is a requirement to pass a ‘No Asset Procedure (NAP)’ Credit History Check performed through the Insolvency and Trustee Service, Ministry of Economic Development.

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