Job Details


May 12, 2022




> $100,000

Closing Date

Jun 15, 2022

West Australian Academy of Performing Arts - WAAPA

Associate Dean, Production

  • $149,267 to $164,111 pa (ALEVD – ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR) OR $124,522 to $143,081 pa (ALEVC – SENIOR LECTURER) PLUS ASSOCIATE DEAN ALLOWANCE



WAAPA is an internationally renowned performing arts training institution within Edith Cowan University. Alumni from all of our courses are found in a multitude of roles within the international arts and cultural industries, from performers to composers, songwriters, producers and artistic curators. The School provides the most comprehensive range of performing arts training in Australia with Dance, Theatre and Music, as well as all of the technical and design disciplines. Our world-class staff provide rigorous and specialised training of the highest order, supporting our students to realise their professional aspirations. Production and Design training at WAAPA is designed to facilitate collaboration across genres and empower students with the range of skills needed to succeed in today’s industry.

As part of an exciting expansion plan, WAAPA will move into its brand-new city campus in Yagan Square in the Perth CBD in 2025. This Creative Industries, Law, Business and Technology Campus will be where innovative thinkers, adaptive learners and global citizens meet to develop into the leaders of tomorrow. ECU’s CBD campus will bring together streams of teaching and research with unique synergies for growth and development. This is unequivocally the most exciting time of all to join the university as it embarks on this further growth and transformational journey.

WAAPA is seeking to appoint either an Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer in Production who, for an initial term of three years, will lead the School’s Production Discipline as Associate Dean.

The Role

The Associate Dean, Production is a member of the School’s executive team managing a discipline cluster within the School and the associated staff. This role reports to the Executive Dean, WAAPA and has responsibility for the delivery and innovation of high-quality production programs both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The Production discipline area includes Design, Stage Management, Sound, Lighting, Costume, Props and Scenery and includes delivery at VET (Diploma, Advanced Diploma) and HE provision. The newly appointed Associate Dean will have a strong background in one of these fields, or in a closely related discipline.

Fostering a collaborative, professional and inclusive School culture, this role will work closely with the School’s leadership team to focus on further enhancing WAAPA’s national and international profile.

As the Associate Dean, Production it is an inherent requirement of the role to attend WAAPA related performance/productions at ECU and non-ECU venues. With the current Government Mandates relating to proof of vaccination, the successful applicant for this role will be required to provide the appropriate vaccination status evidence to enter such venues.

For additional information about the Associate Dean, Discipline role, please refer to the attached role statement

The Person

The ideal candidate will be an Associate Professor (Level D) or a Senior Lecturer (Level C) with expertise in Production who has a demonstrated record of leadership preferably within a university or tertiary education institution. In addition, the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • A strong background in building strategic relationships
  • A creative approach, demonstrating innovation and innovative practice
  • Sound risk management and strategic thinking.

Please refer to the attached Selection Criteria for academic performance expectations related to these particular roles of Associate Professor – Production, Level D and Senior Lecturer – Production, Level C.

All ECU staff demonstrate personal attributes that are congruent with the University’s values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry and Personal Excellence. The preferred candidate will be required to undergo an integrity check, including a National Police Check.

Benefits & Remuneration

This full-time, ongoing position of either Associate Professor or Senior Lecturer attracts a remuneration $149,267 to $164,111 pa (Associate Professor, ALEVD) or $124,522 to $143,081 pa (Senior Lecturer, Level C). The fixed-term Associate Dean, Production appointment (initial term of three years) will attract additional remuneration as outlined in the University’s Academic Leadership Roles policy. In addition, ECU pays 17% University superannuation contribution.

Visa sponsorship and/or a relocation package may be negotiated for suitably qualified international and interstate candidates

ECU supports a work/life balance for staff. Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances.

For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our Employment Opportunities website.


Interested applicants are welcome to contact Professor David Shirley (Executive Dean, WAAPA) on 08 6304 6323 for more information.

How to Apply:

Please complete a statement (maximum of 5 pages) addressing your suitability for the role using the information in this advert, relevant Selection Criteria for your level and Role Statement to contextualise your application. Please also attach your CV.

Closing Date

Applications close Wednesday the 15th June 2022 at 11:30pm AWST.

ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.