Office of the Vice Chancellor
Department of Administration
Nasinu - Valelevu
The University Council is seeking an experienced and visionary academic leader as Vice Chancellor, to guide the University on the next stage of its development. FNU is setting an exciting agenda to further strengthen our teaching and research, both to take advantage of the greatly enhanced digital infrastructure in Fiji and to prepare graduates for the opportunities being created by “Industry 4.0.” Our priorities over the next ten years are:
Educational Access: Providing education and training that is accessible to all Fijians, regardless of location, age or physical ability, by increasing the range of courses available by blended learning and expanding the range of part-time postgraduate programmes and microcredentials to support lifelong learning.
Teaching Excellence: Delivering world-class education and training that maximises graduate employability today and into the future, by seeking international accreditation and/or international recognition for all major educational programmes.
Research Impact: Undertaking applied, socially impactful research that addresses the policy priorities of Fiji and the region and ensuring that every area of research priority is led by a recognised professor, supported by doctoral students and junior staff.
Staff Capability: Building a staff base that can drive teaching excellence and research impact, by ensuring that all academic staff hold a recognised teaching qualification and that all higher education academic staff at Lecturer and above have PhDs.
Environmental Sustainability: Making the University energy self-sufficient through the use of solar arrays and more energy-efficient buildings and providing national leadership in disaster planning and climate change mitigation. FNU is committed towards gender diversity and advancement of women in our workforce and we encourage applications from women senior executives and women academic leaders.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Vice Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the university and reports to the University Council. The Vice Chancellor’s core responsibility is to implement the policies of the University Council and to ensure that the University’s resources are used in ways that most effectively advance the approved mission and strategic plan of the University.
The Vice Chancellor shall carry out all duties, both necessary for and incidental to, the role of the chief executive officer of a University.
The Vice Chancellor shall carry out any other duty and/or responsibility related to the efficient and effective functioning of the University, as directed by the Council of the University or the Chancellor.
In accordance with section 30(3) of the Governing Legislation and subject to the directions of the Council, for the purposes of carrying out the daily functions of the Council, the Vice Chancellor appoints, disciplines, suspends or dismisses staff based on reasonable grounds and subject to appropriate processes.
In accordance with section 30(4) and Part VIII of the Governing Legislation the Vice-Chancellor is empowered to draw up Regulations in the interest of good governance, ethical standards and good name of the University.
Efficient and Effective Management of Resources
The Vice Chancellor has the specific responsibility of ensuring that the University is managed efficiently and effectively in terms of its resources and meets the objects of the University as set out in the Governing Legislation.
In accordance with section 30(5) of the Governing Legislation the Vice Chancellor may delegate his or her functions and powers to an appropriately qualified member of the University's staff and any committee established from appropriately qualified members of staff.
Uphold the Reputation of the University
The Vice Chancellor shall always uphold the good name, credibility and profile of the University within and outside Fiji.
Member: Colleges, Schools, Centres and Divisions
In accordance with the Governing Legislation, Statutes and Regulations the Vice Chancellor or his or her nominee shall be an ex-officio member of every college, school, centre, division and institute within the University, including the National Training and Productivity Centre.
Appointment of Deans, Conferral of Powers to Deans, Appointment of Acting Deans
In accordance with the Governing Legislation and Regulations, the Vice Chancellor shall appoint Deans, confer powers and duties on Deans, and shall appoint, when required, an acting Dean in the absence of a Dean.
Advise Council on the Appointment of Heads of School and Heads of Department
In accordance with Governing Legislation, Statutes and Regulations, the Vice Chancellor shall appoint the head of each school and department and the allocation of powers and duties to that office, and shall appoint, where required, an acting head of school in the absence of a head of school.
Recommend Conferral of Honorary Degrees
In accordance with Governing Legislation, Statutes and Regulations, the Vice Chancellor may recommend to Council that an honorary degree of the University be conferred upon any person, whether or not a graduate of a university, who has made a distinguished contribution to some branch of learning or to the arts, or who has been distinguished by eminent public services, or who has rendered distinguished service to the University or the Republic of Fiji.
Hear Matters of student Discipline (General Misconduct)
In accordance with University Statutes and Regulations, the Vice Chancellor may hear matters of general misconduct.
Standing and Ad Hoc Committees of Council
The Vice Chancellor shall refer to standing and ad hoc committees of Council such matters as are required to be brought to those committees under their terms of reference together with such other matters as may be required.
Please refer to the candidate prospectus and job description to know more about the role, key performance indicators (KPI) and about Fiji National University.
The successful candidate will be an outstanding leader, with a demonstrated intellectual rigour, exemplary inter-personal and communication skills, integrity, commitment and sound judgment. The person will demonstrate outstanding strategic leadership and management skills; lead change and innovation in a complex environment; provide strong academic leadership; develop strong, effective external partnerships, locally, nationally and internationally; engage proactively and constructively with the University’s stakeholders and lead the development of the University to becoming a distinctive university seamlessly consolidating its vocational and higher education missions.
The new Vice Chancellor will have an exemplary record in research, education and relevant administration or an exceptional Senior Executive with relevant qualifications and experience who would have the credentials to deliver at the level of Vice Chancellor. The person will provide strong leadership and will develop, articulate and drive the University’s vision and purpose.
An earned PhD or equivalent from a recognised university.
A significant personal record of research, evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles, research grants and PhD and other higher
student supervision to completion.
Ability to lead and successfully manage a growth agenda and organisational capacity building in a complex institution.
Leadership of a complex organisation or in the context of a higher education.
Innovative approach to building revenue – domestic and international students, commercial activities and research income.
Transformative education and improvement of the student experience, pastoral care and diversity, access and inclusion.
Competence in financial management, commercial development, infrastructure and campus life.
Leadership of people and cultural change, engagement with industry, government and community.
A record of successful curriculum development, including the incorporation of new developments in tertiary pedagogy and distance delivery (including educational technologies).
Significant experience working with large boards and/or university councils
Experience in building partnerships and collaborating with business, industry, government and community groups regionally, nationally and internationally.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
Ability to manage and motivate own team and where appropriate other corporate teams.
Ability to negotiate, persuade and influence at both institutional and individual level.
Record of ethical behaviour through sound judgment, fairness, respect and accountability
Effective organisational and time management skills.
Experience with national and international external accreditation bodies and processes.
Exceptional record of strategic planning, management and achievement i.e. Experience in developing strategy and initiating and implementing change in a complex, multicultural environment.
Experience of positive engagement with students and/or student representative bodies.
FNU is committed towards gender diversity and advancement of women in our workforce and we encourage applications from women senior executives and women academic leaders.
o apply, please email
, quoting reference
and addressing your application to
Applications can also be submitted online to Fisher Leadership website via the link below:
Your application should include:
A covering letter clearly quoting
and detailing your statement of claim for the role, providing examples of demonstrated experience and capabilities.
A complete, current resume; stating responsibilities and achievements against each role you have held.
Please ensure that you receive an email acknowledgement confirming receipt of your application.
For a confidential discussion, please call Andrew Norton or Kirsten Henderson of Fisher Leadership (Australia/New Zealand/Asia/Oceania) on
+61 1300 347 437
or Ben Tucker of Minerva Search (Europe/MEA/Americas) on
+44 20 3714 0961.
FNU careers portal will not be accepting any applications for the position of Vice Chancellor. All applications must be sent to Andrew Norton or Ben Tucker on the below email address or submitted online:
Online Application link:
An attractive salary commensurate with qualifications and abilities will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
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