Dean, School of Fashion and Textiles job with RMIT UNIVERSITY

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise where teaching, research and engagement are essential to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing experiences for its students. One of Australia’s first educational institutions founded in 1887, RMIT University today has 83,000 students, including 12,000 at post-graduate level.

The University’s goal is to provide life-changing experiences for its students and help shape the world through research, innovation, education, and industry engagement. With strong relationships with industry forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains essential to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and the development of highly skilled and globally minded graduates.

The College of Design and Social Context encompasses RMIT University’s renowned disciplines of art, architecture, design, built environment, communication and social sciences. The college has 24,500 students and more than 1,000 employees in 9 schools. See here for more information.

RMIT’s School of Fashion and Textiles is the nation’s premier fashion and textile education and research institution with a strong global reputation and impact. RMIT Fashion and Textiles integrates all stages of supply chain management, from fiber production, textile technology, textile and fashion design, apparel production, business creation, merchandising and marketing to retail. RMIT Fashion and Textiles offers undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs, making it one of Australia’s leading fashion and textile educators.

The school’s research focuses on both textile technology and creative practice, with scholars leading the field with projects concerned with the urban environment, and applications for high-performance textiles that have the ability to providing solutions for a safer and healthier life, from the development of protective clothing for firefighters to clothing that monitors well-being, to new fashion production and consumption patterns.

The Dean of the School is responsible to the Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice President, Design and Social Context, for the direction and management of the School of Fashion and Textiles. The Dean of the School will have particular responsibility for integrating activities across organizational and disciplinary boundaries to meet student and industry needs.

As an academic leadership position within the University and a member of the University leadership team, the Dean of the School is responsible for providing leadership to the University with respect to teaching and learning, research and professional, industry and community engagement, and contribute to setting the strategic direction of the College and University by working collaboratively with other members of the College Executive and the ‘University.

  • A doctorate or demonstrated equivalence, combined with knowledge and achievements meeting the professorial criteria;
  • a demonstrated ability to develop and implement a successful vision and business plan for the School that aligns with College and University strategic plans;
  • significant professional reputation in areas relevant to the School, including a demonstrated ability to build and foster research in the disciplines;
  • successful track record in managing and developing a wide range of academic, administrative and technical staff, including implementing effective governance structures with transparent decision-making processes;
  • exceptional leadership skills, including the ability to initiate, lead and manage change in a challenging and dynamic environment while striving to achieve strategic goals;
  • knowledge and successful experience of financial and resource management;
  • ability to exercise academic leadership to enhance the reputation of the school and college locally, nationally, and internationally, including a significant record of achievement in research, publication, and/or creative work;
  • exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and ability to collaborate, network and build relationships within the organization and with external stakeholders;
  • proven ability to combine a collegial style with decisive and clear thinking, creative solutions and practical implementation strategies;
  • ability to develop teamwork and a collegial environment.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Ksenia Frolova at [email protected] for an informal chat.

The deadline for receipt of applications is noon Monday, June 6, 2022.

For more information, including the candidate’s dossier, please visit the Society’s website. As the company is assisting with this search, please apply directly through their website

Dean, School of Fashion and Textiles

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child-safe organization. We are committed to attracting, retaining and developing our employees, regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community, and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

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