Dean of Design Science

RMIT University

Dean of Design Science


  • Full time, 3-year fixed term position as Associate Dean, Digital Design with underlying continuing position at Level D or E
  • Salary Academic Level D ($155,691 - $171,521) or Level E ($200,550) with leadership allowance + 17% Superannuation
  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, but may be required to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University


About the Role

The Associate Dean, Digital Design is accountable for providing strategic and academic leadership and management for the discipline, consistent with RMIT’s strategic plans and objectives and for contributing at a senior level to the strategic planning and development of the School.


The Associate Dean, Digital Design is a member of the School executive team and is required to work collaboratively with staff across the School to ensure that the School achieves its strategic objectives.


The incumbent works with Associate Deans Discipline in other DSC Schools to support cross-disciplinary practices and networks. They collaborate with the Associate Dean Learning and Teaching and Associate Dean Research and Innovation to identify discipline-specific opportunities which draw together the agendas for research and education.


To be successful in this position, you’ll have:

  • Strong leadership skills and experience in initiating, leading and managing academic teams and projects in a collegiate environment to deliver strategic objectives.
  • Demonstrated understanding of financial management, academic management and good governance in a University context. 
  • Demonstrated capacity to think strategically and to act tactically based on organisational priorities and objectives.
  • Demonstrated high level of interpersonal, communication and negotiating skills including the ability to consult with senior executives, external bodies, produce executive reports, negotiate agreed directions, outcomes and targets within a collaborative environment.

Please view position description for further selection criteria



PhD or demonstrated equivalence, combined with knowledge and achievements that meet the professorial criteria.

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children and National Police Check.


*Special Measures

RMIT is committed in driving progression towards gender equality and ensuring the diversity in our organisation is balanced at every level. 


Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act permits the University to conduct female only recruitment in addressing the substantive imbalance of female representation in Science, Engineering and Business, IT and Logistics schools.  The Racial Discrimination Act permits special measures that foster greater racial equality in the Australian community.


RMIT's School of Design will therefore only consider applications for this position from suitably qualified women, gender diverse or Indigenous candidates for this position.


RMIT University is committed to creating inclusive culture that recognises diversity of our staff. We understand that life is multi-dimensional, and you may experience a range of professional and personal circumstances that may affect your career. As such, we implemented ‘Achievement Relative to Opportunity’ (ARtO) principles within our recruitment-related policies and processes. You may decide to activate ARtO to address the impact of personal or work circumstances on the scope of your application.


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About the School

The School of Design is a School comprised of the disciplines of Industrial Design, Digital Design (including Animation and Interactive Media) and Communication Design.


The School builds on RMIT’s leading national and international reputation in design education by creating a specific focus on emerging areas such as UX and service design, design strategy and virtual and augmented reality.


It comprises approximately 85 academic and 10 professional staff and over 2700 EFT undergraduate and postgraduate students with expectations of growth.

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To Apply 

Please submit your CV, cover letter and separate document addressing the Selection Criteria for this position by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page.


For further information about this position, please see the Position Description hyperlinked below or contact Jessica Bernardo (Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor) via email


PD – Associate Dean, Digital Design


PD – Professor


PD – Associate Professor


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Applications Close:

4 June 2024 11.59 pm



RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community. 


At RMIT, we are committed to supporting adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, as well as during employment. We actively support and encourage people with disability to apply to RMIT. To discuss adjustment requirements, please contact Kassie (Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor), via or visit our Careers page for more contact information -


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