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Dean, Healthcare Sciences

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About James Cook University

As Australia's only university established to focus on the issues of Northern Australia and the Tropics worldwide, James Cook University (JCU) is dedicated to helping the world's tropical regions to prosper.

James Cook University (JCU) aims to create a brighter future for life in the tropics and worldwide, through graduates and discoveries that make a difference. Ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide (2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 2022 Shanghai Rankings) and with international renown for its excellence in teaching and learning, the University has over 20,000 students and 4,000 staff across campuses in Townsville, Cairns, Singapore and Brisbane, with additional study centres in Mackay, Mount Isa and Thursday Island. JCU proudly boasts strong rankings in graduate job outcomes, ranked first in Australia for full time employment (QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21) and first in Queensland (Good Universities Guide 2023).

JCU is strongly committed to equity and diversity in the workplace and aspires to continue developing a workforce that reflects the diversity, capacities and capabilities of people from the regions in which it operates.  It is committed to developing future leaders, building upon the wealth of wisdom and experience embodies by its current academic leaders and identifying and nurturing those who will take JCU into the future.

For further information about JCU, please visit jcu.edu.au.

JCU acknowledges Australian Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands where its staff and students live, learn and work.  JCU is pledged to achieving genuine and sustainable reconciliation between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community.


Welcome from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academy

Professor Marcus Lane

Thank you for your interest in the position of Dean, Healthcare Sciences. This role presents a unique opportunity for the College as we develop innovative ways of expanding the portfolio, attracting new students, developing and sustaining a research culture and expanding partnerships across the wider health sector.

An international university as reflected in our people, our places, and our research, JCU takes quiet pride in being recognised as a leading tertiary institution in Australia, our Asia-Pacific region and among the universities of the world. The Academy recognises the grand challenges facing the world today and the particular role that will be played out in the Tropics.

The Academy is uniquely positioned to deliver excellence through teaching, learning and research within the Colleges and Research Centres. Teachers and researchers within the Academy have achieved national and international recognition.

The Academy also provides collaborative leadership with the Colleges and ensures that the Colleges are able to deliver the core business of learning and teaching, research/scholarship, leadership and service, and engagement, and contribute effectively to the strategic agenda. The Division office drives the strategic objectives of the Division and services a proportion of College administrative operations.

The Colleges of the Academy include:

  • Arts, Society and Education
  • Business, Law and Governance
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
  • Science and Engineering

JCU attracts the very best staff locally, nationally and globally who deliver and support a high quality student experience, research outcomes, and industry engagement. The University has a diverse, inclusive and supportive workforce where staff respect and trust each other. It is a workforce that feels engaged and inspired, and is consistently high performing.

JCU is committed to promoting gender equity and diversity and achieved Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation in 2020 and a commitment to increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through our Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Workforce Strategy.

We’re excited to welcome candidates with an entrepreneurial mindset, proven strategic leadership and whose values align with ours: excellence; authenticity; integrity and respect.

Prof Marcus Lane III

Strategic direction and intent

James Cook University has many different strategies, plans, statements and reports that capture the University’s strategic direction across its core activities.

An international university as reflected in its people, places, and research, its aims to support the people and societies, natural world, built environment, and health systems that the populations of the Tropics depend on, creating a brighter future for life in the Tropics worldwide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

The University’s teaching and research focuses on four key themes:

  • Tropical ecosystems and environment
  • Industries and economies in the Tropics
  • People and societies in the Tropics
  • Tropical health, medicine and biosecurity

The Tropics is a vast geographic area that Aristotle called the Torrid Zone,  JCU’s three tropical campuses are complemented and extended by regional and remote study centres and research stations. Students are at the heart of the University and are inspired them to make a difference in their fields of endeavour and in their communities by:

  • Delivering high quality teaching and learning programs in a research-rich environment; and
  • Fostering their professional expertise and intellectual curiosity.

JCU’s communities are diverse, featuring distributed populations requiring innovative and sustainable solutions.  Its world-class research generates new knowledge and understanding to meet the challenges facing the peoples of the tropics.

For further information, please download the Statement of Strategic Intent and visit the University’s website to view documents including the University Plan, Academic Plan, International Engagement Strategy, Innovation Strategy and statements of Reconciliation, Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion, and Modern Slavery.

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JCU values

JCU's values are the qualities that define what we stand for. They capture the standards that we live by and guide the way we behave and work together.

  • AUTHENTICITY:  Working in, with and for the communities in which we are based, we are responsive to their needs and champions for transformative education and research. In doing so we act ethically, transparently and with generosity of spirit.
  • EXCELLENCE:  Our global reputation for cutting-edge research and education is built upon on our responsiveness to the unique characteristics of the places in which we work and our commitment to excel in everything we do.
  • INTEGRITY:  We hold ourselves to the highest standards of professional and scientific conduct.  We are proactive in identifying and acting on barriers to inclusiveness and diversity in all aspects of university life.
  • RESPECT:  JCU fosters a respectful environment for robust debate and a diversity of ideas, engaging our staff, students and the broader community in a supportive, culturally respectful and connected community of higher learning.

JCU priorities

These priorities describe our key areas of strategic focus and the core capabilities we will harness to help deliver on the University’s objectives.

  • TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION:  JCU measures itself by the success of our students. Our curriculum emphasises experiential learning, student agency, and technology enhanced learning; assuring seamless integration and equivalency across delivery sites and modes.  Effective pathway and student support programs extend access and widen participation in higher education, including regional, remote, Indigenous, first-in-family, and international students.  All students gain lifelong learning skills and enduring connections with our University.
  • IMPACTFUL RESEARCH  Our global position as a world-class research university capitalises on existing strengths and expertise, and focuses our investment on emerging challenges and opportunities for our region, the Tropics and beyond.  We provide research excellence, innovation and commercialisation opportunities that deliver impact to our communities and end-users. We provide real world solutions to the problems of today and tomorrow.
  • EMPOWERING OUR PEOPLE:  The accomplishments of our University are an aggregate of the achievements and success of our people.  We are focused on ensuring that our staff and students are valued and enabled through an inclusive and respectful learning environment, and that our workforce reflects our strategic priorities.
  • A CIVIC UNIVERSITY:  Through our relationship and partnerships with our communities, we create opportunities and address local challenges.  As a place-based knowledge partner, the University delivers education, research and policy advice to government. We influence policy, strategic planning and integrated responses for the social, cultural and economic benefit of our Place.
  • SECURING OUR FUTURE:  To create opportunities and enduring benefits for our region and beyond the University must be financially sustainable.  We ensure that our actions today enhance the range of social, cultural, environmental and economic options available to future generations.


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Position overview

Contribution to the JCU Community

At JCU we firmly believe that people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff. We live by our values and deliver against our Strategic Intent in an environment that values respect, excellence and delivering a sustainable future for the people of the Tropics.

The Dean, Healthcare Sciences is responsible for the strategic growth, sustainability and success of the College through innovative strategic leadership, astute resource management, high-quality learning, teaching and research delivery, and nurturing a culture which enhances the staff, student and stakeholder experience and wellbeing.


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Key accountabilities and deliverables

The Dean, Healthcare Sciences is accountable for:

  1. The success of the College’s teaching, research and engagement programs as evidenced by: staff, student satisfaction and engagement measures; research, financial, risk and reputational outcomes and delivery of the JCU Corporate Strategy.
  2. The ongoing innovation and refinement of the curriculum portfolio, realising expansion and engagement opportunities, which attend to the changing needs of the nursing and allied health disciplines, professions and industries.
  3. Mitigating risks through sound planning, governance, quality control practices and leading a culture of continuous improvement, innovation and accountability.
  4. Delivering learning and teaching, research and engagement outcomes through cross-campus, cross-discipline collaborations and ongoing expansion of programs, products and services.
  5. People management and leadership through organisational change and cultural transformation, which builds a performance culture characterised by continuous improvement, respect, engagement and accountability where people feel valued and supported to deliver tangible outcomes and realise their potential.

Key requirements for success

  1. A PhD or equivalent qualification with a significant record of internationally eminent academic and research achievements within nursing or an allied health discipline.
  2. Demonstrated superior leadership and senior management experience with an ability to manage and lead through periods of change, uncertainty and growth with an entrepreneurial focus.
  3. Demonstrated strategic knowledge of the higher education sector and discipline specific challenges, directions and opportunities specifically for learning, teaching and research and industry driven programs.
  4. Proven ability to perform high level strategic planning, program and managerial functions with clear accountability for performance and quality management.
  5. Demonstrated ability to cultivate culture change and deliver outcomes through the maintenance of highly engaged, respectful, safe and healthy teams.
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Further information

  • This position is responsible to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academy.  It has budget responsibility of $30 million per annum.
  • The role will be primarily based at the Bebegu Yumba Townsville campus, however travel between campuses and JCU remote sites shall be required from time to time.
  • Participation in competency and compliance training, as well as adherence to the Enterprise Agreement and Code of Conduct is required.

To apply

To apply, click on the 'Apply now' button below. Submit your application, clearly quoting reference JCUdhs0323 and addressing your cover letter to Andrew Norton, Managing Partner at Fisher Leadership.

Your application should include:

  1. A covering letter clearly quoting JCUdhs0323 and including a statement detailing your experience relevant to the position in line with the key requirements for success outlined above, citing evidence to support your claims.
  2. A complete and current CV providing details of relevant achievements in recent appointments, in addition to your educational and professional qualifications.

For a conversation about the opportunity, please contact Andrew Norton on 1300 347 437 (Australia) or +61 3 9016 6000 (international).

The closing date for applications is 4 June 2023.

JCU campuses

Over 13,000 students study at the Bebegu Yumba campus, Townsville, including over 1,500 international students.  The JCU Townsville, Douglas campus has been named Bebegu Yumba, which means ‘Place of Learning’ in the Birri-Gubba language.

JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus is located in the Townsville Tropical Intelligence and Health Precinct (TropiQ) in the suburb of Douglas.  Set in a 386-hectare natural bush and parkland setting, 13 kilometres from the Townsville CBD, the campus houses teaching and research facilities, the main JCU library, cafes, bard, fitness and sporting facilities and a wealth of student clubs and societies.  Around 1,400 students live on campus in colleges and halls of residence, giving the campus a true community atmosphere.


Around 3,000 students study at JCU Cairns, including around 355 international students.  They are immersed in a dynamic learning environment with a world of experiences available for study, work, and play.

JCU Cairns, Smithfield campus has been named Nguma-bada (pronounced nom-ah-bud-ah), which means belonging to tomorrow: ‘Place for tomorrow's learning, knowledge and wisdom’ from the Yirrgay (Yirrganydji) coastal dialect of Djabugay.

Located in the heart of city, JCU Cairns, CBD campus has been named Bada-jali (pronounced bud-ah-jal-lee) and means flowering of the Cocky Apple tree: ‘Place and time for new beginnings and growth’, also from the Yirrgay (Yirrganydji) coastal dialect of Djabugay. The campus offers a range of flexible study, teaching, and meeting areas.

James Cook University, Singapore Campus (JCU Singapore) was established in 2003 as JCU's first international campus, bringing programs direct from Australia and resident senior academic staff from JCU to ensure academic quality. 

Students studying at JCU Singapore are assured of the same enriching university education as our students in Queensland Australia.  It has achieved the highest level of accreditation from the Singapore Government, the EduTrust Star.


With a modern campus in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD, JCU Brisbane offers courses in accounting, business, education, hospitality and tourism, social work, and information technology.

Students in Brisbane can access dedicated student support including opportunities for enhanced job-support services, academic learning advisors, counselling, and employment assistance, as well as English language and academic pathways. The JCU Brisbane campus features interactive learning spaces, comfortable student lounges and a resource centre where students can mingle with university staff and fellow students from over 88 countries.