Academic Strategic Lead (Head of Department) – People, Organisations and Practice

Job Summary

The Academic Strategic Lead role within Aberdeen Business School is responsible directly to the Head of School for providing effective leadership to advance the body of knowledge encompassed by the Department. The Academic Strategic Lead will actively contribute to the strategic decision making processes and to the formulation of strategy under the leadership of the Head of School. The incumbent will also be responsible for ensuring that the strategic goals and objectives of the Department are achieved by maintaining and enhancing the subject expertise and esteem of the Department through effective management of staff and resources. 

The Academic Strategic Lead role within Aberdeen Business School will be responsible for providing effective strategic leadership within the framework of policies and procedures laid down by the Board of Governors, the Academic Council and the Principal and Vice Chancellor. 

The Academic Strategic Lead has joint leadership responsibility for the School, ensuring that the work and longer-term direction of the School is fully aligned to the University vision, values and strategic goals. 

The Academic Strategic Lead will be required to lead thinking within the defined area and to manage the process of planning, implementation and evaluation. The role is instrumental in ensuring development and delivery of high quality teaching, research and commercialisation activities in a 21st century internationally accredited higher education context . 

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be address to Elizabeth Gammie, Head of School,

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit: https://

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered. 


Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head of School 

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Department of People, Organisations and Practice 

PURPOSE OF POST: Providing effective leadership to advance the body of knowledge encompassed by the Department 


•Collaborating with the HoS and other Strategic Leads in the School to develop a strategic plan and objectives for the School to further the achievement of the university's vision and mission 

•  Providing visible leadership and focus for the future development of the 

School within the context of implementing existing and future strategic plans 

•Proactively managing the School's staff to ensure the objectives of the School are achieved

•Ensuring that the University’s ambitions to provide excellent professional education are fully articulated in the School's plans and effectively delivered 

•Full line management responsibilities including those relating to staff development, mentorship and performance review. Organising and coordinating the EPR process for direct reports, setting and monitoring staff objectives and being fully accountable for performance management. 

•Ensuring that appropriate undergraduate, postgraduate, CPD, and corporate courses and research are provided to meet the requirement s of the external market place and to contribute to the assurance of quality and enhancement of quality of its courses 

•Managing the deployment of resources across the School to ensure effective use of resources and resolving any resource issues 

•Networking, collaborating and partnering with employers and other relevant organisations, professional bodies, industry etc. to promote the interests of the School and University 

•Collaborating with the Head of School in designing and implementing the academic programme of the course portfolio within the School as determined by the Academic Council and articulated within the School Plan 

•Ensuring adherence to quality assurance and quality enhancement practices within the University's overall framework for the accreditation, validation and revalidation of courses, admission to and delivery of courses, appraisal of courses and reviews of the subject area(s), encompassed within the School 

•  Keeping records of the work of the School including the performance of students and the utilisation of resources 

•  Maintaining student discipline within the School 

•  Deploying effective people management ensuring accuracy and completeness of TAS returns 

•  Assuming first line responsibility for student complaints in accordance with University policies and procedures 

•  Ensuring that strategic initiatives at School and University level are communicated consistently and effectively to staff within the School 

•Co-ordinating the work of the School with that of other Schools in the University 

All academic roles within the university contain a mixture of administration as well as teaching and research requirements. The proportions of which for the Strategic Academic Lead role will vary depending on circumstances and in discussions with the Head of School. 


Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Masters degree in relevant discipline. 

Teaching qualification (e.g. Fellowship of Advance HE) 

Membership of one or more professional bodies such as Association for 

Project Management, Project Management Institute, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, Chartered Quality Institute, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 


Awareness of external HE quality, funding and regulatory regime, pedagogical developments, future skills agenda in the subject. 


Significant HE experience at senior lecturer level. 

Management of projects, workloads, and resources in order to ensure activities are completed on schedule. 

Experience of course development through subject or course leadership. 

Experience of line management within an HE context. 



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

PhD in relevant discipline.


Professional accreditation requirements at school and course levels. 


Establishing and delivering a significant change project in a HE context. 

Experience of complaint resolution, convening of examination boards and conducting academic and non-academic misconducts and applying academic regulations. Research/scholarship/commercial track record. 



Behaviour 1 - Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner. 

Behaviour 2 - Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress, dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters and providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support. 

Behaviour 3 - Team Development - Experience of providing advice or guidance to new starts, delivering training or instruction to others on specific tasks or activities and identifying the training and development needs of the team and carrying out performance appraisals. 

Behaviour 4 - Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum. 

Behaviour 5 - Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards. 

Behaviour 6 - Analysis and Research - Experience of developing hypotheses and concepts to explain data, events and phenomena, and reporting findings to a wider community. 


Salary:  £61,818 - £67,538 per year 

Position Type: Full Time, Permanent 35 hours per week

Closing date for applications: 30th January 2022.

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