Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Leadership)


  • Exciting new executive appointment, leading the University’s culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) and leadership agenda
  • Opportunity to contribute leadership to key areas of our Sydney in 2032 Strategy

About the opportunity

Reporting to the Provost, the new position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Leadership) leads the University’s strategic direction and guidance across the University’s culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), and leadership agendas. They will ensure an integrated and coherent University-wide approach to planning, design, delivery, and communication, taking responsibility for strategy setting and planning for University culture, DE&I and leadership. They will collaborate and seek input from University Executive members – in particular other Deputy Vice-Chancellors as well as the Chief Human Resources Officer – In line with the University’s workforce and other relevant strategies and initiatives.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Leadership) will also oversee the governance of initiatives under the strategy with delivery and execution carried out by partner portfolios. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community and Leadership) is also accountable for the design of the Leadership Academy, a Sydney in 2032 strategic initiative.

About you

Your background will ideally include the following:

  • Higher education: Profound understanding of the distinct dynamics, challenges, and regulatory requirements inherent in higher education, including a strong understanding of the contemporary academic environment and grasp of matters affecting academic and professional staff, as well as students.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion: Strong experience in DE&I initiatives and programs is essential. This includes thorough comprehension of DE&I best practices, cultural competence, and the capability to conceive and implement strategies in these areas.
  • Leadership strategy: Considerable acumen in leadership strategy, encompassing a deep understanding of strategic management principles, leadership theories, and the ability to develop and implement effective strategies that drive organisational success.
  • Culture strategy: Proficiency in culture strategy is imperative, including a thorough grasp of organisational culture, the ability to assess and dissect cultural dynamics, and the skill to develop and implement strategies conducive to a positive, all-encompassing culture aligned with the institution’s values and aspirations.
  • Organisational transformation: Aptitude in spearheading and overseeing organisational transformation in a university milieu.
  • Collaboration and Partnerships: Proven knack for collaboration and adeptness in forging strong partnerships with a diverse array of stakeholders, including University leadership, academic and professional colleagues, students, and external collaborators.
  • Employment: Adept in navigating employment law and regulations unique to higher education institutions
  • Finance: Some experience in financial management, resource optimisation, and allocation.

Term and remuneration

The term of the appointment is five years on a full-time basis. This position will be supported by a substantive continuing professorial appointment. Relocation assistance will also be provided if required.

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

How to apply

The University of Sydney will be supported in its search for this appointment by the executive search firm The Insight Group.

To obtain full details, for a confidential discussion or to apply, prospective candidates should contact Rohan A. Carr (Director) on Tel: +613 9654 3288 or via email: [email protected] or Emily Witts (Principal)

on Tel: +61 3 9654 3288 or via email: [email protected]

Candidate Information Brochure


Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

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At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People , women , people living with a disability , people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds , and those who identify as LGBTIQ . We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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