Role Statement For Heads Of Schools
Faculty Of Sciences
The Head of School is expected to make an effective contribution to the overall
management of the Faculty and to lead and manage a School of the Faculty.
The Head of School reports to the Executive Dean. The role is to be performed
in such a manner as to promote the development of the identities and academic
strengths of the areas within the School in accordance with the University's and
the Faculty's strategic plans.
The broad responsibilities of the Head of School shall include:
- Academic and Research leadership
- Staff development and change management
- Finance and infrastructure management
- Administrative management.
Key accountabilities for the School under these broad responsibilities
shall include the following.
Academic and Research Leadership
- Participate in Faculty management and academic forums and committees and represent
the University, Faculty, School and disciplines in local, national and international
- Provide outstanding academic leadership across the School in teaching, including
development of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum.
- Provide leadership in the research activities of the School, including the
development of the research output of staff, and research training.
Staff Development and Change Management
Develop a staffing plan to facilitate the availability of suitably qualified
staff to meet the School needs.
- Monitor the performance of staff, providing assistance to those whose performance
is assessed as requiring improvement, and develop structures for career guidance
and mentoring for early career academics.
- Deliver responsive quality assurance processes and outcomes that promote a
culture of continuous improvement.
- Promote and implement University policies and procedures in relation to gender,
equity and diversity. In accordance with the University's responsibilities for
occupational health and safety be accountable for the implementation of all aspects
of hazard management, design of work, training, workplace inspection and reporting
within the School. Ensure statutory obligations as outlined in the SA OHS&W Regulations are met.
Finance and Infrastructure Management
- Manage finances and infrastructure within the budget allocated and achieve
performance goals as specified in separate agreements, and in particular in relation
to targets for income, student recruitment, research and consultancy, and budget
- Identify and pursue opportunities to generate income from School activities,
including contract research, consultancy, commercialisation of Intellectual Property,
and attraction of fee-paying students.
- Develop partnerships with national and international organisations, government
and the commercial sector whereby income from sources independent of the University
can be generated.
Translate and communicate University- and Faculty-wide strategies and policies
and improve the management of administrative resources including the optimal use
of shared services.
Develop and maintain School-level policies, processes and systems within the
framework of University and Faculty policies, processes and systems.