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Director, Queensland College of Art
Griffith University

Date Posted Oct. 29, 2019
Title Director, Queensland College of Art
University Griffith University
South Bank, Queensland, Australia
Department Queensland College of Art
Application Deadline Nov. 27, 2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Art - General

About Griffith University
At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable.

We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and we’re proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

The Arts, Education and Law Group is the largest academic group at Griffith University and is privileged to host the creative and visual arts programs. In addition to the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University houses the Queensland College of Art, which is an iconic Queensland institution and the oldest arts institution in Australia. Programs in design, fine art, digital media, and photography and related areas ensure that the College provides a comprehensive suite of educational experiences for students.

The Queensland College of Art includes an engaged community of educators, researchers, artists, and alumni as well as key stakeholders across the visual arts professions. The College represents a vibrant community housed at Griffith’s South Bank campus as well as at the Gold Coast Campus.

The opportunity
The Director, Queensland College of Art, is a key leadership role within the University and is responsible for the performance of the College in research, learning and teaching, external engagement, and for planning and aligning financial and staff resources with the University’s strategic objectives.

The Director works collaboratively with colleagues inside and outside the Queensland College of Art (QCA) to achieve high quality outcomes in all its activities. The role calls for leadership as well as management capabilities, to ensure widespread support for advancing QCA’s vision and direction, especially its commitment to quality and distinctiveness. This will include appropriate strategies to enable all academic and administrative staff to achieve to the best of their capacity, and strategies to enable transparent and efficient governance. As QCA is based at both the South Bank and Gold Coast campuses, the Director will provide leadership in maintaining and enhancing the College as a unified academic element, as well as sound management in ensuring the most efficient delivery of its activities across the two campuses.

The Director represents QCA not only within the University, but also externally, and a key part of the role is to promote the College in the wider community, both locally and more widely. This includes working with Griffith’s Office of Marketing & Communications and Development & Alumni to build relationships with external groups and individuals and secure external funding and other support to help QCA achieve its objectives.

The Professorial position is a continuing, full time position based at the South Bank campus. The Director role is for an initial 4 year term. Griffith is a multi-campus university and therefore it is understood that this position will work across campuses as required.

About you
The appointee will have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong relationships with all stakeholders to ensure the continuing development of national and international success, recognition and relevance for the College, its staff and students.

To be successful in this role you will possess strong visionary, strategic and collegial leadership and management skills. You will bring either a record of quality research and scholarship in a discipline relevant to the College or a comparable body of work as a practitioner of eminence or significant national or international standing. In addition, you will embody the principles and values that the University stand for and reflect fairness, ethics and professionalism at all times in the work that you do.

Salary range
Base professorial salary: $179,288 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $209,767 per annum. Appointee will also receive a responsibility allowance as Director of $21,006 per annum.

How to apply
Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • Statement addressing each of the selection criteria in the attached Information Package: Information_Pack_Director_QCA.
  • One page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include:
    o Full name, address, telephone number and email address;
    o Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
    o Employment history, including present position and details of relevant professional, consulting or industry experience;
    o Research interests and list of publications;
    o Research grants awarded and any other relevant information, such as offices held in professional bodies, community services etc.

Note: Application attachments should be saved as .doc, .docx or .pdf only. File names should be no more than 25 characters long and should include letters and numbers only.

What we offer
Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, you will join a University that spans six campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 200,000 graduates extends around the world.

At Griffith, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith’s strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information
For further information about this role, please refer to the attached Information Package or contact Professor Scott Harrison, Acting Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education and Law Group) on +61 (0) 7 3735 5710 or at

For application queries, please contact Ms Jay Steele, HR Officer on +61 (0) 7 373 56404.

Closing date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019 at 5pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

As the team experience high volumes of applications, we appreciate your patience to allow for a timely and fair process for all.

Please note: We do not accept unsolicited CV’s from Recruitment agencies / third parties and we will not be liable or responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CV’s sent directly to Line Managers.

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Contact Information

  • Jay Steele
    HR Advisory Services
    Griffith University
    170 Kessels Road
    Nathan, QLD 4111
  • 3735 6551


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