Dean and Head of School: Adelaide Dental School

Aug 02, 2017
Aug 31, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia's third oldest university with a strong reputation for preparing educated leaders and delivering research outcomes that contribute to local, national and global wellbeing.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is one of five faculties at the University of Adelaide. Comprised of five schools and a number of disciplines, research centres and institutes, the faculty is focused on education excellence and innovative research in the health sciences. Programs taught out of the faculty train medical practitioners: surgeons, dentists, nurses and psychologists and other health professionals. The faculty boasts one of the largest concentrations of leading researchers, academic teachers and clinical titleholders working across the areas of health.

A prestigious opportunity now exists for a new Dean and Head of School to provide outstanding academic and administrative leadership to the Adelaide Dental School. Ranked as one of the highest in Australia and 31st in the world for dentistry, the School is now going through an exciting and innovative phase in its long and prestigious history.

The Adelaide Dental School is located in the new state-of-the-art teaching space Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building, situated in the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct, adjacent to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and SAHMRI. The precinct is one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere with the Dental School ideally placed at its centre.

Motivated by the opportunity to shape a contemporary, outstanding school of dentistry, the Dean and Head of School, will bring a vision to shape a long-term strategy that will promote and enhance the national and international profile of the School and the University.

The Dean and Head of School will be an adaptive leader who has exemplary interpersonal skills to inspire, motivate and develop staff, and promote a culture of high engagement, commitment and performance. You will have an established reputation as a respected leader and experience in strategy development and planning, a distinguished teaching and research record, and be eligible for registration as a Dentist in South Australia.

The successful candidate will be appointed as Dean and Head of School for a fixed-term period of five (5) years with the potential for extension for a further term of up to five years.



The Dean and Head of School, Adelaide Dental School remuneration is $291,943 per annum *

*Comprising Salary and superannuation


Position requirements

To be successful you should have:

  • Registrable as a Dentist in South Australia.
  • Established reputation as a respected leader including experience in strategy development and planning, leading change, and evidence of an effective contribution to a leadership team. 
  • The ability to effectively manage all operational aspects of a School including demonstrated financial acumen.
  • Demonstrated ability to forge meaningful external relationships and represent the School and the University locally, nationally and internationally, to community, industry and other academic institutions and partners.


The University of Adelaide is supported by Ccentric Group for this recruitment process. To learn more about this prestigious appointment, request a candidate information package or to apply, please contact Steve Hockey at Ccentric Group on email at or mobile number +61(0)416 604 117.


Closing date: 31 August 2017

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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