Reporting to the Dean, Department Heads are key members of the School’s senior academic leadership team, along with the Dean, and Associate Deans. The Department Head’s key objective is to provide high quality academic leadership of their department. Assisted by Divisional Heads, s/he is the primary manager for the 65 faculty and staff in the department and, as such, will be responsible for the effective and smooth running of Clinical Sciences, including a primary care practice with a caseload of around 4,000 animals per year. Managerial responsibilities will include assigning individual faculty workload, monitoring activity, setting goals and objectives, and periodically reviewing performance. S/he will act as role model and mentor to faculty within the department, and work closely with new recruits, informing them of the promotions expectations and procedures. In consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean for Research, s/he will have responsibility for developing an appropriate staffing profile, and recruiting high quality faculty to ensure all aspects of the curriculum are covered, as well as faculty who will support the key areas of research – zoonotic diseases, tropical veterinary medicine, conservation medicine, clinical, and educational research. The Head of Department will provide intellectual and academic guidance to faculty in their department to enhance faculty engagement, cascading information at departmental meetings, acting as advocate for both the senior leadership team and departmental members, and promoting a shared vision for implementation of the Strategic Plan. S/he will be responsible for creating, overseeing, and operating within the department’s budget. Department Head responsibilities will account for approximately 60-70% of the workload .
The post-holder will be an Associate or Full Professor in one of the clinical disciplines and be expected to participate in the teaching program and have an active research interest – leveraging existing or new international collaborations.
This position presents an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual with the appropriate track record to further their career in an environment that presents an exciting array of research opportunities, supported by a talented and enthusiastic international faculty and strong administrative team.
Assume full responsibility and accountability for the smooth and effective running of department for both teaching and research
Assign faculty teaching and/or course director responsibilities within the department.
Work with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on curricular design and development
Prepare and deliver performance evaluations and annual reviews for department members in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Associate Dean for Research.
Develop a coherent staffing profile to ensure all areas of teaching and research are appropriately covered.
In association with finance, prepare and deliver on annual budgets.
Initiate and manage the recruitment process with the support of the HR.
Oversee appropriate orientation of new faculty (introducing to department members, explaining procedures and routines within the department, etc.), working through Divisional Heads and Director of HR.
Work with the Associate Deans and HR to enhance faculty development.
Work with the Finance Director to develop and implement annual budget
Serve on the Dean’s Council
Completes other duties as assigned.
Strong communication skills, creating a sense of unity and common purpose.
Relevant research and teaching experience at an advanced level.
A DVM or equivalent is essential, as is Board Certification in a relevant discipline
A PhD is preferred
Commitment to the goals and vision of the School.
A personal academic standing which commands the respect of colleagues within the department, the School, and to undertake ambassadorial duties externally.
A skilled academic leader with the experience, courage, and energy to support rapid organizational change, incorporating the School's values and mission, and the ability to inspire others to follow. Strong people management skills, and the ability to manage interpersonal conflict within the department
A commitment to diversity and demonstrable success in working with diverse communities.
Well-organized and able to juggle workloads.
Successful experience in veterinary school administration with significant involvement in veterinary education.
Demonstrated knowledge in academic governance - The capacity to develop and enhance mechanisms for student support, retention, and student evaluation.
The ability to work cooperatively and effectively as a member of the School's senior leadership team.
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