[visionlist] Chair in Optometry and Vision Science (A522-07G)

Abigail Ansell a.ansell at auckland.ac.nz
Thu Aug 9 00:21:04 GMT 2007


 

Chair in Optometry and Vision Science (A522-07G)
Department of Optometry & Vision Science, Faculty of Science

To lead and manage the Department and deliver outcomes in line with the
Faculty's goals and objectives 

 

Location

Auckland

Term of Contract

Permanent

Closing Date

21 September 2007

Position Overview

The University of Auckland seeks applications from suitably qualified
individuals for a newly established Chair in Optometry and Vision
Science. The Chair will carry with it the Headship of the Department in
the first instance. The Department is administered by the Faculty of
Science and is the sole provider of professional training in Optometry
in New Zealand. The Department provides a comprehensive programme of
research and teaching in Optometry and Vision Science. Currently the
Department has an annual intake of 50 to 55 students who are selected
after preliminary tertiary study into the four year BOptom programme.
The Department operates a public Optometry Clinic at sites on the
Grafton and Tamaki campuses. The research activities of the Department
are located on the Grafton campus. There are close collaborations with
the Department of Ophthalmology and the Molecular Vision Group of the
Department of Physiology, which have lead to the establishment of the
National Eye Research and Clinical Center (NERCC). The Department
comprises, 16 full time equivalent academic staff, 5 research only
positions, and 12 general staff. The Clinic provides around 6,000
initial consultations each year to a wide client base. 

The successful applicant will hold qualifications at the PhD level in a
field relevant to Vision Science. An optometric qualification suitable
for registration as an optometrist in New Zealand is preferred but not
essential. An ability to administer academic structures and direct staff
is necessary as is an ability to interact productively with other units
within the University and with external organisations and government
agencies. The appointee will provide leadership, oversee the teaching
and administrative structures of the Department and build further both
the cohort of graduate students and the research profile of the
Department as well as establish and maintain their own research
programme. A strong record in teaching, scholarship and research and the
supervision of graduate students is required. A strong track record in
the attraction of external research grant support is expected.
Experience in work requiring a multidisciplinary approach is desired and
sympathy towards and support for multidisciplinary research is required.


Further information may be obtained from the current Head, Associate
Professor Rob Jacobs (Tel: 0064 9 373 7599 ext 86019,
r.jacobs at auckland.ac.nz) 

Job Description

 

Purpose Statement

To lead and manage the Department and deliver outcomes in line with the
Faculty's goals and objectives

Responsible To

Dean of the Science Faculty

Key Accountability Areas

Leadership 
-Provide leadership and guidance in implementing high quality teaching
and research programmes. 
-Promote co-operative and collegial relationships within the Department,
within the Faculty, and with external agencies 
-Be an advocate for the Department within the Faculty, the University,
the Profession of Optometry and the community 

Management 
-Be responsible for the allocation of teaching, research and service
duties in the Department. 
-Be responsible for staff appointments, promotions, and continuation
within the Department and for approval of staff leave. 
-Be responsible for the financial performance of the Department through
effective budgeting and expenditure control. 
-Promote a philosophy of continuous improvement in all Department
activities. 
-Cultivate management and administrative systems and processes to ensure
the efficient, effective and responsive operation of the Department. 
-Ensure statutory obligations in regard to employment legislation and
good employer obligations under the State Sector Act are fulfilled. 

Research 
-Further develop the Department's research profile. 
-Promote research collaboration both internally to the Department and
externally. 
-Identify and maximise research opportunities and promote the
acquisition of outside research funds. 
-Encourage interdisciplinary research. 
-Promote to external agencies opportunities provided by research and
educational capabilities of the Department. 

Teaching 
-Oversee the delivery of Department curricula at both the undergraduate
and postgraduate levels. 
-Ensure the provision of resources for teaching and examining within the
Department. 
-Ensure that systems are in place for monitoring the quality of teaching
and examining within the Department. 
-Actively seek feedback on the quality of administration, co-ordination
and teaching. 

Strategic and Operational Planning 
-Oversee the development of plans and strategies for the Department. 
-Plan for the achievement of the key goals and objectives from the
Faculty's strategic and business plans that relate to the Department. 
-Promote interaction within the Department towards common goals. 
-Develop plans and strategies for the effective utilisation of staff. 
-Develop plans and strategies for the improvement of resources and
utilisation (space, equipment). 

HR Policies and Practices 
-Manage HR polices and processes as they apply to the staff of the
Department. 
-Ensure staff development needs are identified and opportunities for
development are available. 
-Ensure that the Department meets its responsibilities in respect of
equal opportunities under the terms of the State Sector Act, the
Education Act, and University of Auckland policy. 
-Oversee the Health and Safety management of the Department. 
-Provide ongoing performance management and ensure performance reviews
are conducted annually. 

Consultation 
-Advise and consult with the Dean of Science on matters relating to the
Department. 
-Consult with and seek input from other staff as appropriate. 
-Build and develop relationships within the Faculty, with other
Faculties and areas, and with external agencies, in the University's
interests. 
-Ensure procedures are in place for appropriate delegation of
responsibilities to staff in a manner that is fair and that promotes
collegiality and co-operation. 
-Encourage and recognise staff achievements. 
-Ensure targeted support and guidance is provided for research
requirements and the induction and development of newly appointed staff.


Service 
-Contribute to the strategic direction and future development of the
Faculty. 
-Provide input to the Faculty strategic planning process. 
-Serve from time to time on University and Faculty committees and
undertake various leadership and advisory functions from time to time as
requested by the Dean. 
-Represent the University on national and international committees from
time to time. 

Person Specification

 

Qualifications

PhD in a relevant field

Experience

-A strong track record in teaching, scholarship and research and the
supervision of graduate students is required. 
-A strong track record in the attraction of external research grant
support is expected. 
-Experience in work requiring a multidisciplinary approach is desired
and sympathy towards and support for multidisciplinary research is
required. 
-A proven academic with demonstrated leadership skills such as previous
experience in a Head of Department or other management roles. 

Attributes and Skills

-An ability to administer academic structures and direct staff is
necessary as is the ability to interact productively with other units
within the University and with external organisations and government
agencies. 
-Demonstrated ability to develop and lead a research team. 

 

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