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Master of Business Administration (MBA) Director
University of Canterbury

Date Posted Jul. 5, 2018
Title Master of Business Administration (MBA) Director
University University of Canterbury
Department College of Business and Law
Application Deadline Aug. 9, 2018
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Christchurch
    New Zealand
  • Director/Manager
  • MBA & Executive MBA
    Business Law
    Business - General
College of Business and Law
Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture

• Newly established transformational leadership role
• Drive innovation and growth in a flagship MBA programme
• Join a Business School ranked in top 5% of world

The University of Canterbury celebrates people prepared to make a difference - tangata tū, tangata ora.

It's mission is to contribute to society through knowledge in chosen areas of endeavour by promoting a world-class learning environment, known for attracting people with the greatest potential to make a difference.

The College of Business and Law within the University of Canterbury (UC) is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to provide academic leadership and strategic transformational direction for UC Business School's AMBA and AACSB accredited, flagship MBA programme.

Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, this well recognised post-experience MBA is offered in a niche Business School, which is ranked in the top 5% of the world, and alongside a complementary portfolio of conversion Business Taught Masters (BTM) programmes. This newly established MBA Director position offers the opportunity to lead curriculum innovation and to build a strong brand for the UC MBA within a highly competitive, domestic and global market.

Reporting to the Head of UC Business School, you will ensure that the MBA programme offerings are industry relevant and aligned with stakeholder needs within a rapidly changing work environment. A key priority for this role will be the introduction of flexible delivery and micro-credentialing of courses to attract a wider range of domestic and international students. In addition, you will be required to teach, to supervise student projects, and to be actively engaged in research, with current publications underway, or to display ongoing relevant industry/ professional networks and activities.

While a minimum of a relevant postgraduate qualification is essential, you will ideally hold a PhD or equivalent level professional qualification. You will demonstrate a high level of standing and credibility gained either through academic leadership positions or senior level industry/ professional career experience. This is a transformational leadership position and evidence of successfully managing change will be important. A successful track record of innovative and cutting-edge teaching practices in University MBA or executive development programmes will be evident in your career and will include MBA level curriculum development and delivery.

As a strategic leader, you will thrive in an atmosphere of innovation, while demonstrating critical thinking. With outstanding leadership and staff management skills, you will display creative and flexible responses suited to a challenging and dynamic environment. Your previous success with building industry relationships and strong relational skills will be essential, as will your commitment to diversity and bi-culturalism.

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The Process

To receive the Candidate Information Book, please email Kirsten Henderson at

Please do not apply directly through our UC careers website.

To apply in confidence, please go to and click 'apply online' using reference UCAmba0618 and include your application as detailed in the 'how to apply' section of the Candidate Information Book; or for a confidential discussion call Kirsten Henderson on +64 9 282 4240 or email

Applications close on Thursday, 9 August 2018.

  • The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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