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Dean of Studies

About the business

Nan Tien Institute is a private, not for profit, government accredited Higher Education provider founded by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, launched in 2011 within the precinct of the Nan Tien Temple, in Wollongong, Australia.

We offer postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism and Mental Health as well as customized Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness, and health.

Employment Type:

 

Full-time, 3 Year Fixed Term Contract

 

Award Classification:

 

Associate Professor Level D/Professor Level E

 

Reporting Relationship

 

The President, Nan Tien Institute

 

Mission and Values

Our mission is to educate students in a context informed by Buddhist wisdom and values through the academic study of arts, education, human welfare’s religion, and other disciplines to facilitate cultural understanding and appreciation of a multicultural and diverse society.

Primary Position Purpose

The Dean of Studies is responsible for academic and administrative leadership, and the oversight of academic programs. You will have strengths in people management, academic policy, governance and operations, and solid financial skills.

Critical Competencies:

  • Leadership – Actively contribute academic leadership advice aligned with the mission and values of Nan Tien Institute.

  • Academic Curriculum Development and Evaluation – Ability to lead program and subject development at Undergraduate and Graduate level in accordance with the AQF. Ability to utilise a range of evaluation approaches to assess the success of programs and teaching

  • Management of Staff – Head of Program and Academic staff.

  • Strategic and operational planning and execution – Develop a clear strategic direction for Academic Programs for the Institute. Ensure the strategic plan is clearly articulated across the institute. Drive the implementation of the strategic plan and provide regular reporting to the board on the implementation of the Strategic plan.

  • Academic Quality Assurance – Develop and monitor quality assurance procedures for Academic programs within the Institute. Regularly monitor and review for compliance in line with regulatory bodies. Provide annual audit documentation as required by (TEQSA & ESOS).

  • Student Experience focus – Lead the development of quality learning experiences informed by contemplative pedagogy.

  • Teaching – Foster a high-quality student experience, aligned with the values of the Nantien Institute

 

Major Responsibilities

  • Chairing key academic committees including academic board.

  • Provision of academic and administrative leadership and oversight of the academic programs and staff

  • Contributing to the strategic planning of the Institute

  • Chairing the Education Committee

  • Advising the President on academic workforce plans and development

  • Establishing and maintaining healthy relationships with staff, students and alumni

  • Contributing to the Nan Tien teaching program

  • Managing the relationship with TEQSA on academic matters and assisting the President in working with other external regulatory bodies

  • Ensuring the academic finances are managed responsibly and strategically

 

General Employee Responsibilities

  • To fulfill the role responsibilities in good faith

  • To establish and maintain positive work relationships with colleagues

  • To engage positively in interactions with students

  • To behave and act in a manner consistent with the NTI Code of Conduct

  • Undertake the responsibilities of the position adhering to:

    • Equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation and requirements;

    • Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) legislation and requirements; and

    • Institute requirements for record keeping

 

SELECTION CRITERIA:

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD in a discipline related to Nan Tien Institute teaching areas
  • Proven ability in academic leadership and management
  • Demonstrated successful experience leading academic and/or professional accreditation
  • Demonstrated successful teaching at graduate level – face to face and online.
  • Demonstrated success in designing programs and subjects at undergraduate and post graduate level and experience in educational evaluation.
  • Demonstrated successful academic leadership and management.
  • Successful experience in budget management
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated track record of scholarship in at least one area relevant to the teaching of NTI.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of the Nan Tien Institute

How to apply:

Please provide us with a copy of your resume and cover letter addressing the above selection criteria.

Submit your application here

For enquiries please contact Human Resources at hr@nantien.edu.au

Closing date: Friday 30th April 2021

Nan Tien Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ABOUT NAN TIEN INSTITUTE

Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.