Dean of Engineering
The University of Auckland
New Zealand

Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Auckland, New Zealand
UoA Department Name: Engineering
Advert Closing Date: 06/03/2020
Campus: Auckland City Campus
Contract Type: Fixed-Term
Position Number: 00002499

Job Description

Dean, Faculty of Engineering Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha

Outstanding leadership opportunity in Aotearoa New Zealand’s highest ranked University
Enabling an evolving technological landscape through teaching, research, leadership and service to improve the lives of the people of Aotearoa, and beyond.
The University of Auckland Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau is seeking an inspirational leader with outstanding interpersonal skills and commitment to academic pursuits to become our Dean, Faculty of Engineering Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha.

The ideal candidate will be ambitious for the future of Engineering, bringing strong strategic, management and financial acumen. They will encourage innovation, entrepreneurship and excellence in a manner that is inclusive and empowering for all staff and students.

A visionary, bold in their thinking, the Dean will lead the Faculty to enhance its reputation as New Zealand’s leading Faculty of Engineering for research and teaching excellence, and as a global institution finding creative solutions to build a better world for tomorrow. The Dean will demonstrate a sound understanding of the challenges of leading a multi-disciplinary, research-led, academic faculty in a highly competitive international environment. A true leader, the Dean will recognise that people are the Faculty’s greatest asset. The Dean will continue to foster a culture of collegiality in which all staff are inspired and enabled to achieve at the highest level.

An accomplished relationship builder, the Dean will demonstrate a commitment to cross-faculty, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and a track record of leading meaningful engagement with external stakeholders, including the business community. The Dean will be expected to actively grow the school’s philanthropic base and to manage the relationships with an existing portfolio of major donors, including individuals, trusts and corporates.

The Dean will be dedicated to Māori development through teaching, learning and encouraging partnerships that acknowledge the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, the Dean will ideally bring an international research reputation and academic credentials. The Dean will balance the role of being the Faculty of Engineering’s leader and greatest advocate, while contributing to the success of the University of Auckland, as a key member of the University Senior Leadership Team. The Dean will demonstrate the insight, experience and commitment to provide continued leadership to equity initiatives including achievement of the Faculty’s goal to increase our number of women studying engineering to 33% as one of the steps towards a more equal engineering cohort – one that is representative of New Zealand society.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading and largest university (2020 QS Ranking 83=) with over 42,000 students. The University has eight faculties and supports a number of world-leading research centres and institutes. It is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research institution, employing the largest number of top-ranked researchers in the country. In 2019 it was ranked number one in the world for impact as measured by contribution to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Auckland has an abundance of natural features including a stunning harbour, accessible coastline, native bush and moderate temperatures, making us one of the world’s best cities in which to live (Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking 2019).

Additional Information

For a confidential discussion or further information about the role, including the position description, please contact the University of Auckland as below:

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9096, email:

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9006, email:

Applications should be submitted via the University website

Position Reference: REF2510I

Closing date for applications: 6 March 2020

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to

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