Dean of Student Affairs
University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Dean of Student Affairs 

The University

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years.  The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres.  There are about 29,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,500 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.  Further information about the University can be found on the website, http://www.hku.hk/.


The Position

The Dean of Student Affairs is accountable to the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in implementing policies laid down by the University.  He/She has overall responsibility for all aspects of student affairs and is expected to: (a) advise the University on policies and strategic measures relating to student affairs, take a proactive role in formulating plans for student services to ensure that the University is in a position to cope with changing demands and challenges; (b) provide leadership to all student services and guidance to academic departments and students in promoting educational programmes to enrich campus life; (c) advise and give guidance to students on student affairs and on University policies; (d) work closely with academic staff and student bodies to cultivate a campus environment conducive to teaching, learning and community life; and (e) act as a liaison person between student bodies and other parts of the university community.  The Dean of Student Affairs is an Officer of the University and is a member of the Senate and other major committees of the University.  He/She is expected to engage in different student activities and deal with emergency situations outside normal office hours.


Key Requirements

Applicants should possess a first degree, preferably a higher degree with an admirable track record. They should have considerable knowledge of and experience in student consultation, in developing all aspects of student services (including student welfare and support, personal development, career counselling, health care, finance and scholarship administration, sports and recreational facilities, general education, etc.) and in adopting best management practices in student residence, catering areas and amenities centres.  They should also possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a good command of written and spoken English and, preferably also Chinese.  They should be able to understand students' needs, concerns and stance, gain respect and trust from students, and act as a senior liaison person between students and other parts of the University, inclusive of, e.g. halls, faculties, independent centres, service departments.  They should be strongly committed to student affairs and to Hong Kong and be able to undertake comprehensive planning for developing student affairs in an international research-driven university according to best practices.  The successful applicant should be a dynamic and visionary leader, a top-tier administrator, a good team player, and an objective policy advisor and mediator, apart from being a proactive change agent.  He/She should be forward-looking, analytical, open-minded, sincere, caring, approachable and out-reaching.


Remuneration Package

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary, as well as annual leave, and medical benefits.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.  The appointment will initially be made on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal.


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