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Deputy Vice

The University of Auckland | Posted 24-12-2020

Auckland City (Commercial and Sales)

Auckland, New Zealand Full-time UoA Department Name: Office of the Vice-Chancellor Campus: Auckland City Campus Contract Type: Fixed-Term Position Number: 55558004

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau | University of Auckland is Aotearoa New Zealand’s pre-eminent higher education institution and a comprehensive, research-intensive, and international university, as reflected in our global ranking of 81 in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and 1st in the world in the THE University Impact Rankings.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement) reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor and is a key member of University Executive Committee (UEC) supporting the University’s aspiration to be a public university of global standing that serves the country, is distinctive and reflects our place in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. We recognise a special relationship with Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi, are a global leader in teaching and research about the Pacific Islands and Ocean, and are the largest provider of degree-level education to Pacific peoples in New Zealand.

He kōrero mōu | About you

The Strategic Engagement portfolio is key to the effective promotion and advancement of the University’s profile, including research impact, student success and contribution to the economy, in Auckland, national and international communities. The DVC SE has oversight for significant revenue generation activity led through the International Office and Alumni Relations and Development, as well as University-wide Marketing and Communications, Strategic Relations, Confucius Institute and the North Asia CAPE. Your experience of successful university leadership, including developing and delivering on strategy will enable you to provide leadership to the highly skilled and senior managers across the portfolio.

You will apply your experience of developing and enhancing strategic relationships to expand and strengthen partnerships with networks, research intensive universities, foreign ministries and other key agencies. Your ability to advocate, negotiate and influence will aid your engagement with the public sector, policy makers, and local and regional government, and positively represent the University’s interests, and those of the communities we serve. You will demonstrate your commitment to alumni and donor relationships, actively engaging with these communities nationally and internationally.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

Auckland is a dynamic, multi-cultural and rapidly growing city, and the commercial heart of New Zealand. We are fortunate to have an abundance of natural features including stunning harbour, accessible coastline, native bush and moderate temperatures, which help us to retain our ranking as one of the best cities in the world in which to live (Mercer ranking).

This appointment will be for a fixed term (renewable) of 5 years.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

For a confidential discussion and further information about the role, please contact the University of Auckland as below:

Clare Litten : DDI: +64 9 923 9096, email:

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

Applications must be submitted via the University website by 24 January 2021

Further detail including the position description is available in the candidate booklet.

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

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an offshore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.