University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Deputy Director, Williams Centre for Learning Advancement


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Deputy Director, Williams Centre for Learning Advancement

Job no: 0060657 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for five years with an underlying continuing appointment within the Faculty of Business and Economics Faculty: Faculty of Business and Economics Department/School: Williams Centre for Learning Advancement Salary: Level C/D – $140,433 – $186,288 p.a. plus 17% super

About the Role The Deputy Director of the WCLA works collaboratively with the Director in leading a team that comprises both academic and professional staff, including educational specialist and learning designers. In partnership with the Director, the Deputy Director also provides the Faculty with expert advice on ensuring the Faculty continues to develop high quality and innovative graduate and undergraduate subjects and programs which support an increasingly diverse set of learners to thrive. The Deputy Director recommends and facilitates the implementation of appropriate strategies for improving teaching and learning performance in the Faculty. The Deputy Director is also responsible for encouraging research and scholarship in teaching and learning in the Faculty.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Supporting the Director in developing a set of strategic priorities that fully align with the Faculty's Business Plan
  • Providing advice on any matters related to teaching and learning to the Faculty, individual departments, Academic Program Directors, teaching teams, and individual academics
  • Ensuring that benchmarking is undertaken internally and externally to the University in the relevant areas to ensure resources are being used effectively to achieve the Centre's mission and agreed strategic priorities
  • Publishing in high quality scholarly outlets related to education and learning
  • Who We Are Looking For You should have a strong record of high-quality research and publications in the field of education and learning, coupled with demonstrated excellence in higher education teaching, particularly in business and economics. Your expertise should extend to providing effective student learning support for a diverse cohort at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, you must showcase the ability to lead and manage a team with diverse responsibilities, collaborate with academic staff on curriculum reform, introduce teaching innovations, including e-learning technologies, and work collectively to achieve the strategic and operational teaching and learning objectives of the Faculty.

    You will also have:

  • A doctorate in business or economics or a related discipline, or related to education and learning within business and economics disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and oversee the implementation of projects and to attract research grants and sponsorships.
  • An excellent understanding of effective evaluation methodologies.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

    Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

    Your New Team – The Williams Centre for Learning Advancement https://

    The WCLA was established in 1997 to nurture teaching and learning in the Faculty. It was the first embedded teaching and learning support centre in a Business Faculty in Australia and has become the model for similar units in other universities in Australia and worldwide. WCLA works to assist staff with all aspects of teaching including curriculum design, development and review, pedagogy, teaching skills, assessment practices and evaluation, assurance of learning and the preparation of teaching portfolios for promotion purposes.

    WCLA has a strong research culture. It has a strong record in obtaining numerous external and internal teaching related grants. Academic staff in the Centre have published in key education journals.

    What We Offer You! In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

    About the University of Melbourne We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

    Be Yourself The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https: //

    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Nick Petersen via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

    Advertised: 21 Nov 2023 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 11 Dec 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Job details


    Deputy Director, Williams Centre for Learning Advancement


    University of Melbourne




    November 21, 2023

    Application deadline

    December 11, 2023

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

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