First listed on: 15 August 2018

Senior Academic Lead, Educational Development 

University of Sydney Business School
Reference No. 1580/0818F

  • Lead the transformation of the educational experience through innovative educational design and development
  • Full-time (though flexible work arrangements may be considered including part-time, job share and other options)
  • 3 year fixed term appointment at Academic Level C (Senior Lecturer level), Salary: $127K to $147K p.a. plus leaving loading and generous superannuation contribution

About the opportunity

The Business School has an outstanding international reputation in management research, learning, development of resources, and journal publishing and works in close cooperation with industry, government and the not-for-profit sectors. It is situated in a new $180m state-of-the-art learning environment which, in the highly competitive global market for business education, will further enhance its ability to attract the best and brightest students, staff and researchers from around the world.

The Senior Academic Lead, Educational Development will lead several critical projects to transform the experience of students studying in our large core units.  Led by the Associate Dean (Education) and working closely with the Associate Dean (Programs) and the Associate Dean (Student Life), this post will provide pedagogical support and design advice to unit coordinators, program teams and Heads of Discipline.  They will lead a team of educational specialists to deliver connected learning initiatives at scale.  They will work closely with the School’s Educational Innovation team along with other Professional Services staff to effectively co-ordinate and implement complex educational change projects.  They will provide leadership and support for the evaluation of these projects and dissemination and sharing of expertise and outcomes.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for an academic who will:

  • engage in capacity building to lead, innovate, advise and support staff on educational change, primarily related to transforming large units of study
  • provide specialist pedagogical support for innovative approaches to education and assessment and the use of technology, social media and other digital education practices
  • lead a team of educational specialists to deliver effective and impactful change
  • undertake research and publish in teaching and learning in higher education, preferably aligned with the evaluation of pedagogical initiatives
  • promote scholarship of teaching, learning and assessment in higher education, both internally and externally.

To be a successful candidate you will possess:

  • a complete or near complete PhD in a relevant field
  • expertise in educational or academic development in higher education
  • experience in integrating and evaluating technology enhanced learning into higher education contexts
  • a demonstrated ability to build the capacity of academic staff to engage in innovative forms of teaching and learning
  • excellent relationship building skills with students and colleagues to effect systemic pedagogical change
  • experience designing and developing quality and engaging learning activities for university students, including the use of technology, social media or other digital practices
  • experience in leading programs of pedagogical change, including managing project deadlines, budgets and staffing resources
  • extensive knowledge of University, regulatory environment (TEQSA, threshold standards), accreditation requirements and assurance of learning processes
  • a research program including peer-reviewed publications, particularly in areas associated with learning and teaching, technology and/or assessment

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

The University of Sydney Business School is regarded as a leader in the region, and is one of the very few Australian schools to hold business and  accounting accreditation from AACSB International and EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development. It is also the only Australian member school of CEMS, the Community of European Management Schools & International Companies.

Important notes:

  • Please refer to the candidate information pack for further details including the position description.
  • Flexible working arrangements will be considered for this position including part-time, job share and other options. Please outline in your application if a flexible working arrangement is of interest to you and what your proposal is.

Specific enquiries about the position can be directed to: Professor Peter Bryant, Associate Dean (Education) on 02 8627 7245 or

Enquiries regarding the recruitment process can be directed to Mohammed Abu Naser on 02 8627 1215 or at

Closing date:  16 September 2018, 11.30pm (Sydney time)

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


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