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    Chair in Sport and Exercise Science A543-03L
    Institute of Food, Nutrition & Human Health, College of Sciences


    We are seeking to appoint a Chair in Sport and Exercise Science involving
    leadership in both the discipline area and management of staff from various
    disciplines in a developing Centre for Sport and Exercise.
    Location Palmerston North
    Term of Contract Permanent
    Salary Range View Academic Salary
    Closing Date 1 March
    Position Overview Applications are invited for the position of Chair in
    Sport and Exercise Science at Massey University in Palmerston North.

    The position will involve leading academic staff teaching and researching
    in sport and exercise within the College of Sciences and working
    collaboratively with academic staff teaching in sport and exercise and
    their line-managers in other Colleges and on other campuses. This
    leadership role is an important part of the position and will be a feature
    of criteria to be considered.

    The Chair will be located within the College of Sciences. You should have
    doctoral qualifications and relevant experience within an appropriate field
    of applied science, with a special interest in one or more of sport
    performance, health and/or ageing.

    You must have the personal and professional characteristics to be able to
    develop, lead and manage high quality teaching, research and consultancy
    programmes in sport and exercise and manage the interface between tertiary
    education and the broader context of professional and community needs.

    Further information can be obtained from either Professor Robert Anderson,
    PVC College of Sciences (email, or Profesor Gary
    Hermansson, Interim Head of Sport and Exercise Programmes (email Or see
    Job Description
    Purpose Statement o provide leadership in teaching, research and consultancy:
    within the College of Sciences relevant to his or her own field of academic
    expertise; and
    within a developing ‘Centre for Sport & Exercise’ incorporating staff from
    various Colleges involved in sport and exercise teaching, research and
    consultancy activities.

    o ensure that sport and exercise academic programmes at Massey University
    are recognised as being of the highest quality, nationally and

    o liaise effectively with key personnel and relevant bodies within the
    University to ensure the development and delivery of quality sport and
    exercise programmes.

    o liaise effectively with personnel in relevant sport and exercise
    organizations in New Zealand so as to identify and best meet needs for
    tertiary qualifications, research, and consultancy services
    Responsible To The Head of the Institute of Food, Nutrition & Human Health.

    For ‘Centre’ responsibilities, the Chair will make regular reports to the
    Board of Management for Sport and Exercise Programmes.
    Key Accountability Areas Key Relationships:
    Pro Vice-Chancellors of the various Colleges
    Heads of Academic Units (Departments/Institutes/Schools) in those Colleges
    Academic Directors of the Colleges; Director, University Graduate Research
    Deputy Vice-Chancellors of the various campuses
    Academic and research staff of other educational and research institutions
    hose with leadership roles in sport and exercise organizations within New

    Leadership & Development

    The appointee will:
    rovide strong leadership in sport and exercise science, embracing a
    perspective that is both multidisciplinary - with input into the exercise
    and sport programmes from several Colleges – and multi-campus – the main
    focus of exercise and sport development will be Palmerston North, but
    Albany and Wellington campuses must be integral to planning and delivery;

    oster strong and effective working relationships with key stakeholders in
    sport and exercise within New Zealand – for example, the NZ Rugby Union
    (with which Massey has a significant relationship built around the
    Institute of Rugby), relevant National Sporting Organisations, SPARC (Sport
    and Recreation New Zealand).

    nsure that Massey’s sport and exercise programmes, have the highest
    reputation for excellence both nationally (including within the
    institution) and internationally.

    Research & Consultancy

    The appointee will:
    isplay a clear commitment to undertaking and fostering research and the
    dissemination of knowledge acquired through research activities;
    acilitate access to and realisation of research opportunities for staff
    involved in teaching sport and exercise;
    ncourage staff to publish and disseminate findings in appropriate forums;
    oster attention to and assist with the acquisition of research grant funds;
    ork towards the establishment of a Centre for Research Excellence in Sport
    and Exercise at Massey;
    evelop and foster relationships with stakeholders having research needs;
    ndertake his/her own research work relevant to their area of expertise, and
    in collaboration with other staff where appropriate.


    The appointee will:
    ontribute to the teaching and development of undergraduate and postgraduate
    programmes in various modalities so as to best meet the needs of existing
    and potential users;
    ncourage and mentor students in their pursuit of higher learning and
    supervise postgraduate research.


    The appointee will:
    oordinate the development and delivery of the generic academic programmes
    in sport, including addressing such matters as academic decision-making
    processes and procedures, marketing, enrolments, assessments, etc.;
    anage the allocation of Massey ‘available access’ time in the Institute of
    Rugby to maximise the benefit to Massey University.
    anage an operational budget relevant to the generic sport programme
    offerings and staff;
    ndertake personal review and planning processes with staff in sport and
    exercise within the College of Sciences at Palmerston and collaborate with
    other line managers regarding associated staff teaching in sport and
    exercise programmes;
    ssist in the establishment and functioning of an appropriate organisational
    entity (a ‘Centre for Sport & Exercise’) that will be most functional for
    the multi-College/multi-Campus nature of sport and exercise programmes at
    versee the function and operations of the Human Performance Laboratory.
    anage the interface between Massey University, the Institute of Rugby and
    the New Zealand Rugby Union.


    The appointee will:
    articipate in the collegial life and functions of the University;
    bserve the principles of professional conduct and service towards students,
    academic and allied staff colleagues and the general public;
    upport the University’s policies and mechanisms for continuous quality
    dhere to the rules and regulations of the University;
    omply with the University’s obligations under its Charter regarding equal
    employment and the Treaty of Waitangi.

    Person Specification
    Qualifications The appointee will have:
    doctorate in a relevant field of applied sciences;
    elevant sport science experience and, if appropriate, sport science
    accreditation in their discipline area (or the potential to obtain it).
    Experience The appointee will have:
    emonstrated evidence of collaborative work in the multidisciplinary domains
    of sport and exercise;
    emonstrated leadership skills with staff and potential for senior academic
    leadership within a tertiary institution;
    ade a significant contribution to the state of knowledge in their discipline;
    emonstrated involvement in the applied aspects of sport, including formed
    relationships with key personnel from sporting bodies and organizations
    Attributes and Skills Personal:
    The appointee will be:
    leader with vision and the ability to communicate this - and to gain
    collaborative support in its enactment;
    ensitive and tolerant of others’ views – including cultural sensitivity;
    n enthusiast who brings out the best in colleagues and students;
    good relationship builder, able to deal with a diversity of people;
    n excellent communicator, both in oral and written contexts;
    person with good judgement, discernment and wisdom, and the ability to
    develop and enact vision in a constructive and non-threatening way;
    omeone with high personal ethical standards.

    The appointee will have:
    cademic and professional credibility, with a reputation of achievement in a
    relevant field of applied science;
    strong research background with the capacity to inspire a dedication and
    enthusiasm for research amongst staff and students;
    eadership ability in both an academic sense and a managerial sense – able
    to motivate and organise a diverse group of people;
    xcellent teaching skills – with the ability to enlighten and inspire.

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