Position type:

Full time

16 Jan 2018
12 Mar 2018

Full details:

Reference number: USPvch1217

The Position

The position of the Vice-Chancellor and President provides academic and executive leadership to the University of the South Pacific (USP) and is an ex-officio member of the University Council. This pivotal role will promote the interests of the University and further the development of the institution. 

As the Chief Academic and Administrative Officer of the University, and through the delegated powers of the University Council, the Vice-Chancellor is required to provide the highest level of leadership to the University, to protect and enhance the regional nature of the University and to promote integrity, accountability, transparency and performance. 

The Vice Chancellor is also responsible for ensuring a high national, regional and international profile of the University by identifying, maintaining and enhancing relationships with key stakeholders of the USP and potential academic, corporate and development partners. These include the Pro Chancellor, the USP Council and its Committees, Governments of the USP Member Countries, Development Partners, Staff, Students, Parents, Alumni, CROP agencies, community groups, other institutions of higher learning and industry.

The ideal candidate will be required to provide USP with strong personal and strategic leadership with the support of a committed and inspired senior management team. You will be expected to lead the University with energy, to be highly involved in the University community, and to provide strategic and visionary leadership to motivate a regional, dynamic and complex academic institution with commitment to USP’s vision and goals. As Vice-Chancellor you will need to have outstanding stakeholder management and diplomatic skills, you will facilitate the maintenance of strong and mutually supportive relationships with member governments, development partners and other regional organisations. Leadership qualities that have a strong focus on inclusiveness, recognition of difference and differing views, and an emphasis on collegial process are a must.


The Organisation

One of only two regional universities in the world, the University of the South Pacific (USP) serves the Pacific Islands region in and through its 12 Member Countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, and maintains a strong regional presence through USP Campuses located in all its Member Countries.

USP is a modern, forward–looking, multi-modal institution of learning with a large number of students studying by distance mode, increasing access to face-to-face teaching at the regional campuses, and the provision of summer schools. USP has an exciting future, being in the forefront of information technologies with its satellite communications network, USPNet, and extensive computer networks. USP has over 27,000 registered students (around 16,000 Full-Time Equivalent students). USP is increasingly involved in development-oriented consultancy and training throughout the Pacific islands region.

The University’s vision is to be proactive in recognising the higher educational needs of its member countries; to deliver quality learning and teaching and research and enhance quality in all its services; to be highly regarded nationally, regionally and internationally; and to provide relevant and sustainable solutions across the spectrum of contemporary challenges in the Pacific.


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Applications close:

Monday 12th March 2018

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How to apply

To apply, please email your application and enquiries to USP@fisherleadership.com or for a confidential discussion call Andrew Norton at Fisher Leadership on +61 3 9016 6000 for further information.
1. A brief covering letter clearly quoting USPvch1217.
2. A complete and current CV.
3. A statement detailing your experience relevant to the position and in line with the Key Selection Criteria outlined above, citing evidence to support your claims.