Dean of Medicine
University of Queensland

  • Faculty of Medicine

  • Academic level D or E

  • Identified s25: Only open to Aboriginal and/Torres Strait Islander Peoples only.

  • Based at UQ Herston Campus

  • Application close date: 30 July 2023, 11:00pm (AEST)


The University of Queensland (UQ) acknowledges the Traditional Owners and their custodianship of the lands on which we work. We pay our respects to their Ancestors and their descendants, who continue cultural and spiritual connections to Country. We recognise their valuable contributions to Australian and global society.


About UQ

What started as Queensland's first university in 1909, with just three faculties and 83 students, has grown into university ranked in the world’s top 50 that is renowned for being a leader in teaching and research.


When you join the University of Queensland, you’re joining a community that actively strives toward creating change right across the world every day. From science and sustainability to health and humanities, our researchers are finding solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. Our award-winning teachers are recognised for empowering our students to thrive as innovative thinkers and grow into the leaders of tomorrow.


Even after 100 years of history and excellence, we haven’t forgotten that UQ was founded by – and for – the people of Queensland. In 2022, we launched the Queensland commitment as part of our belief that education and opportunity should be available for all Queenslanders by breaking down personal, financial and geographical barriers. It’s this commitment that re-emphasises that UQ is a place for everybody: no matter who you are, where you’re from, or what challenges you’ve faced, you can pursue your ambitions at UQ.


About This Opportunity 

The Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement) will work in close partnership with the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine to set a strategic direction for Medicine with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, students, communities and publics.


The Faculty of Medicine is an enthusiastic contributor to the UQ Reconciliation Action Plan, and the Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement) has the responsibility to oversee contributions to this “one UQ” initiative. In order to ensure that Medicine’s course of action remains aligned to the principles and objectives of the UQ Reconciliation Action Plan, the Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement) will liaise with stakeholders including the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement).


For further information, please to view the Appointment Booklet.


About You  

  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline.

  • Demonstrated experience in providing leadership in Indigenous engagement, teaching and research.

  • A national profile in Indigenous engagement and leadership development.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous engagement, teaching and research within a university environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide academic leadership in partnered research and professional activities.

  • Proven experience in influencing change within a diverse organisation.

  • The credibility and skills to represent the Faculty’s interests in the University and the wider community, and with relevant professional and other bodies.

  • Strong relationships management experience including negotiation and liaison skills with a broad range of people at different levels and from different cultures.

  • Strong interpersonal ability and communication skills including diplomacy, collegiality, the ability to work with others to achieve outcomes, the ability to lead and implement change, and to lead and motivate staff.


The University of Queensland considers that being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under s25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld). The position is therefore only open to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.


The successful candidate will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.


In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 

  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits. 


Relocating from interstate? We’ll support you with a relocation support package. You can find out more about life in Australia’s Sunshine State here.


What We Can Offer 

This is a fixed term, part-time position for up to five years at either Academic Level D or E. The part-time appointment may be negotiated.


An underlying continuing role within an appropriate School in the Faculty of Medicine will also be negotiated.


The benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from joining a vibrant community and campus lifestyle, to being part of a Group of Eight university, a genuine commitment to the mental and physical health and wellbeing of our staff, and access to a range of salary packaging options and on-site services.


To discuss this role please contact Caitlin Savage (Principal Advisor, Talent Acquisition) via


For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line. 

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter

  • Resume

  • Reponses to the ‘About You’ section


Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.


Advertising for this position will remain open until filled. As applications will be reviewed as received, we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.


Other Information 

UQ values equity, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to reflect the broader community by attracting and retaining high-quality staff from a range of backgrounds. We are therefore particularly interested to hear from people who bring diversity to our School – whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability.  Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to


If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

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