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Recruitment (Head of School) Procedure

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Section 1 - Background and Purpose

Preamble

(1) These Procedures establish a process for the selection and appointment of the Head of School position at La Trobe University (‘University’).

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Section 2 - Scope

(2) These Procedures apply to Academic staff in a continuing or fixed-term position at the University.

Internal Appointments

(3) Generally, the College Provost will recommend to the Vice-Chancellor that the position is open only to internal applicants.

Responsibility

(4) The College Provost is responsible for the appointment process of Heads of Schools within their college. The College Provost may call for expressions of interest or offer a subsequent contract to the incumbent of the Head of School position.

(5) The Vice-Chancellor has authority to approve the appointment of the Head of School position.

Eligibility

(6) Staff members at Level D or above are eligible to express an interest in the position of Head of School. 

(7) However, on recommendation of the College Provost, the Vice-Chancellor may determine that staff members at Level C are eligible to express an interest.

Terms of Appointment

(8) The Head of School appointment will combine a substantive academic appointment with a fixed-term appointment as Head of School. The duration of a Head of School appointment will normally be 3 to 5 years.

Advertising a Position

(9) To advertise the Head of School position internally, a Job Card must be raised through Page Up People. For more information contact Human Resources.

Application

(10) To apply for the position, internal candidates are required to:

  1. submit an expression of interest through Page Up People; and
  2. address requirements of the Specific Duties Section in the Position Description.

Selection Process

(11) The Head of School Selection Committee (‘Committee’) will make a selection based on merit.

(12) For internal applicants the committee will comprise:

  1. College Provost (Chair);
  2. Head of School of another school or area; 
  3. Professor of discipline or school; and/or
  4. Senior staff member.

Finalising an Appointment

(13) The College Provost will forward a recommendation for appointment to the Vice-Chancellor for endorsement through Page Up People. Confirmation via electronic sign-off will enable contract generation.

External Appointments

(14) In exceptional circumstances, on recommendation of the College Provost, the Vice-Chancellor may approve the decision to externally recruit a professor or associate professor. 

(15) This external appointment will combine a substantive academic position with a fixed-term appointment as Head of School of normally 3 to 5 years.

(16) To initiate an external recruitment process, contact Human Resources. 

Allowance

(17) This role attracts a responsibility allowance. For more information, refer to the Allowances and Specific Payments Procedures.

Termination of Appointment

(18) The College Provost in consultation with the Executive Director, Human Resources may recommend the termination of appointment of the Head of School position to the Vice-Chancellor. 

(19) The Vice-Chancellor has final authority to approve the termination of Head of School appointment. The position will revert to the substantive academic position.

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Section 3 - Definitions

(20) For the purpose of this Procedure:

  1. Job Card: is the process in Page Up People where hiring managers provide details of a position and recruitment requirements;
  2. Page Up People: is the University’s e-recruitment system.