Wednesday, October 08, 2014

JOB: Head of School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University (NZ)

Head of School of Sport and Exercise (A297-14CF)
Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor - Health, College of HealthThe College of Health at Massey University seeks a dynamic, visionary leader to inspire and manage the continued expansion and path to excellence of its School of Sport and Exercise.
Location:Palmerston North or Wellington
Term of Contract:Permanent
Salary Package:Professor/Associate Professor (view academic salary information)
Closing Date:30 November 2014
Additional Information:Credit History Check Form.pdf
Criminal Convictions Form.pdf

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor - Health 
Permanent, Full-time 
We will begin reviewing applications on November 30, 2014 and continue until a suitable candidate has been identified. Please forward an academic CV, a detailed cover letter highlighting how your background fits the criteria described above, and a one to two page statement outlining your vision for what a 21st Century School of Sport and Exercise should look like. 
Job description
Purpose statement
Responsible to
Key accountabilities
The Head of School will be responsible and accountable to the Pro Vice-Chancellor and shall:
1. Provide leadership in research, teaching, professional and community service with the objective of encouraging excellence and achieving national and international recognition.
2. As a member of the College’s Executive Group, assist the Pro Vice-Chancellor to achieve the goals of the University and College and to assist in the effective, efficient management of the resources of the College.
3. Negotiate with the Pro Vice-Chancellor and external agencies over the resources required to implement the College’s vision, mission and goals.
4. Promote the University’s values of a high standard of professionalism; focus on the needs of students and other clients; collegiality; integrity; quality teaching, research and community service.
5. Contribute to the overall academic well-being and management of the University and College through advice and participation in committees and working groups, and undertake other duties as directed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor.
Section B: School Responsibilities
The Head of School will be responsible for:
1. In consultation with staff, the development, implementation and annual review of the strategic direction of the School that is consistent with the College and University strategy. Activities and target performance levels will be consistent with available resources and acceptable to the Pro Vice-Chancellor.
2. Achieving a commitment by staff of the School to the School’s strategic direction.
3. The optimal use of human, financial and physical resources allocated to the School, in accordance with the College’s planning documents and the School’s strategic direction.
4. The development and promotion of the School as a place of international repute in which to study, research and work and with which to collaborate.
5. The establishment and maintenance of effective links with professional and community bodies and other external organisations to promote the activities and objectives of the School.
6. The encouragement of initiatives that seek external funding for the development of research in the School.
7. The promotion of the well-being of staff and students of the School.
8. Personally, or by acceptable methods of delegation, the management of the staff and resources of the School in accordance with University and College policies and procedures giving particular attention to:
(a) Commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi;
(b) Human resources policies on appointment, promotion, career development including the capacity for academic leadership, equal employment opportunities, equal educational opportunities, the handling of complaints, grievance and harassment procedures;
(c) Performance Review and Planning;
(d) The development and presentation of teaching materials, and oversight of measures for quality assurance;
(e) The conformity of all teaching, research and other activities to the law and the requirements of Massey University’s codes of ethics;
(f) Financial budgeting procedures and accountability;
(g) Timelines in responding to reporting requirements and requests for information; and
(h) Responsibilities as Chief Examiner, including compliance with guidelines, and ensuring consistency of examination procedures and grade distribution within the School.
9. In carrying out the above duties, the Head of School will be accountable for Key Performance Indicators for the School and College as specified under the University’s Investment Plan.
Section C: Personal Responsibilities
As a senior member of the academic staff of the College, and in addition to the duties and responsibilities of leadership and management, the Head of School will be expected to maintain excellence in research and teaching, professional and community service, including but not restricted to:
1. Contributing actively to the academic functions of the School by remaining involved in research and/or teaching in her/his own specialty area(s) and by supervising, guiding and promoting the academic development of staff and postgraduate students, insofar as those activities may be accommodated within the overall management arrangements within the School;
2. Contributing to meeting the administrative needs of the University, internally and externally, by participating in boards, committees, working parties, groups and offices as may be required or approved from time-to-time by the Pro Vice-Chancellor;
3. Promoting programme, School, College and/or University academic and professional interests by serving government, community, professional, educational or other organisations in external capacities which utilise specialist academic and technological knowledge, skills and other expertise, as approved from time-to-time by the Pro Vice-Chancellor;
4. Undertake other duties as directed by the Pro Vice-Chancellor.
Heads of Schools will report annually to the Pro Vice-Chancellor on all aspects of her/his responsibilities, as outlined, and on the performance of their School.
Person specification
Experience in financial management, budgetary planning and resources management (including human resources and capital).
Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, Personal Attributes, Behaviours, Competencies
Demonstrated collegiality in academic teaching, research and service environment appropriate to the level of appointment.
Demonstrated record of academic leadership.
Demonstrated record of consultation and consensus building.
Ability to identify, recruit and mentor staff.
Ability and commitment to provide constructive feedback on staff performance.
Can anticipate future consequences and trends.
Ability to assess and manage risk and opportunity.
Excellent initiative, judgement, decision-making and change management.
Has a strong research ethos to lift the research performance of staff.
Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly with colleagues, staff, students and external stakeholders.
A clear communicator, both written and oral.
Ability to initiate and implement strategic relationships with external funders, employers, and industries.
Acts with integrity and within a clear ethical framework.
Below is the MANAGERIAL LEADERSHIP CAPIBILITY (COMPETENCY) FRAMEWORK for Heads of Schools/Institutes/Departments
1. Strategic Agility
• Contributes to, leads and clearly articulates Massey’s Vision & core purpose.
• Understands the impact of national and global trends on the University.
• Understands and develops strategy.
• Creates a compelling context, purpose and vision for the Team and work area.
• Talks about possibilities.
• Deals with ambiguity, can operate effectively when ideas, situations, potential pathways and decisions are not clear.
• Tolerates conditions of uncertainty and change
• Understands business functions.
• Anticipates future trends
• Seeks business intelligence to inform strategic decisions
• Uses knowledge of market forces and business intelligence to inform, generate and assess potential scenarios and courses of action
• Actively seeks multiple data and makes sense of complex information
• Identifies and effectively manages risk.
2. Creates a compelling plan, sets priorities, is productive & results oriented
• Takes personal responsibility for the outputs and outcomes of the group.
• Develops and aligns business plans with the University’s strategies and goals.
• Leads organisational change.
• Balances long and short-term objectives.
• Plans and organises activities and milestones.
• Schedules and monitors workflow, monitors performance against the plan and evaluates results.
• Uses resources effectively and efficiently.
• Establishes stretch goals for staff.
• Monitors and acknowledges performance.
3. Demonstrates Courage, Perseverance and Resilience
• Is optimistic and maintains a positive attitude, even under pressure.
• Adjusts to change positively.
• Readily takes on challenges.
• Is respectful, open and honest and lets people know where they stand.
• Steps up and handles tough issues.
• Champions decisions and ideas even though they may be unpopular or ‘not the way we do things here’.
• Provides timely constructive feedback to others.
• Perseveres, overcomes setbacks and bounces back from tough situations.
• Pursues projects and goals to completions.
• Is resourceful and confident under pressure.
• Strives to accomplish goals and objectives despite encountering obstacles and setbacks.
• Knows personal strengths, limits and recognises areas for development.
• Reflects on and learns from experience and gains insight from mistakes.
• Proactively manages stress and wellbeing.
4. Encourages and actively fosters innovation & creativity
• Encourages idea generation and new ways of doing things explores creative ideas with others.
• Seeks to understand different perspectives.
• Encourages mindstorming and brainstorming activity within the team.
• Seeks creative solutions to identified problems.
• Nurtures innovation.
• Sponsors and promotes initiative and action.
• Identifies and seizes opportunities and takes action.
• Credits others for their ideas and contributions.
• Encourages & supports organisational learning.
5. Makes quality decisions in a timely manner
• Makes good decisions based on relevant information (situation, circumstances, cost, policy implications, procedures, and considers the risks).
• Anticipates the consequences.
• Generates alternative courses of action.
• Makes quick decisions, even under pressure or with incomplete information.
• Communicates decisions and takes action.
• Takes personal responsibility for decisions and actions.
6. Communicates powerfully & prolifically
• Represents the University in a professional and positive manner.
• Creates an inclusive work environment and team spirit where diverse backgrounds, experiences, cultures and perspectives are valued.
• Builds and maintains constructive and effective relationships. based on mutual respect.
• Builds rapport easily and relates comfortably with diverse groups of people and cultures.
• Is comfortable and uses multiple modes of communication to keep in touch (e.g. face to face, groups/teams, video-conferencing, skype, written communication, telephone etc.)
• Regularly involves others in communication, seeks ideas, input and feedback.
• Inspires, listens and encourages others to share their views.
• Is sensitive to personal and situational cues and adjusts communication style and behaviour to accommodate.
• Is persuasive and can present a compelling case for action.
• Is assertive without being aggressive, diplomatic and tactful.
• Negotiates skilfully in tough situations.
• Provides timely information and ongoing constructive feedback.
• Responds to requests, emails and phone calls in a timely manner.
Additional Pre-employment Checks
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.

Position Overview
The College of Health at Massey University seeks a dynamic, visionary leader to inspire and manage the continued expansion and path to excellence of its School of Sport and Exercise ( 
You have a demonstrated history of teambuilding, excellence, creativity and leadership as an academic. You are adept at inspiring, mentoring, and managing colleagues to achieve research and teaching success, as well as building effective external relationships with sporting organisations, funders, and other stakeholders. You are a strategic visionary with a successful track record of consensus building and “getting things done on time and on budget”. You bring a broad understanding of sport and exercise and enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural environment. Others describe you as approachable, open minded, supportive, and as having strong interpersonal and communication skills. 
A PhD in a relevant discipline is required. Your record should support an appointment at the level of Professor or Associate Professor. Based in either Wellington or Palmerston North, the Head of School will be a key member of the College of Health’s Executive Committee. 
Formed less than five years ago, the School of Sport and Exercise is already ranked number three in New Zealand and is on a path to be the destination of choice for outstanding students and high performance athletes, as well as an international research leader in sport, exercise, and active living. Our 22 academic staff (plus tutors, research officers, lab and admin staff) offer academic programmes from the bachelor to the doctoral level in sport and exercise science, sport management, exercise prescription, physical education, and bio-mechanics. We have 400 full time equivalent students in Wellington, Palmerston North, and Auckland, as well as through distance education. Our goal is to grow by 30% over the next five years. There is opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in food and nutrition, public health, nursing, social work, bio-medical sciences, social work, psychology, veterinary science, and more. We have extensive partnerships with leading sports organisations and businesses across New Zealand. 
Massey University has a commitment to equal employment opportunities. 
The Head of School has primary responsibility for ensuring that the School achieves excellence in teaching, research and community service in accordance with the University and College of Health’s strategies, as well as College planning documents.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor, College of Health
Section A: College Responsibilities 
PhD or equivalent.
A record of excellence in academic leadership and management, and in university teaching and research in one or more of the academic areas taught in the School. 
Demonstrated track record of research activity and performance appropriate to the level of appointment. 
Requirement to pass a Criminal and Traffic Convictions (Security) Check performed by the Ministry of Justice 

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