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Kia ora, thank you for taking your first step towards a rewarding career at the UC Business School. Working at the University of Canterbury (UC) offers exciting career challenges combined with a Kiwi lifestyle that really does balance work, family, leisure and adventure. There’s no better time to make your next move to the UC Business School.

Current Vacancies

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Academic Leadership
  • Growing Research Capability

The Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation will provide leadership that delivers high-quality growth in UC's research outputs, enhances people and organisational capability, attracts postgraduate students and connects with industry.

The Professor will provide academic leadership across a range of UC's activities including the Centre for Entrepreneurship, a dedicated ideas and innovation space that stimulates the development of entrepreneurs. The ability to connect with other departments and explore opportunities to link UC Business School activities with their programmes is critical, as is collaboration and partnership with industry and non-academic stakeholders.

The successful appointee will display the following attributes:

  • A PhD with a reputation for research excellence and academic leadership

  • Excellent strategic relationship management and collaboration skills

  • Energy and drive; shapes the role, creates an innovative environment

  • Strong communication, people leadership and capability building skills

  • A reputation for providing high-quality teaching and postgraduate supervision

  • Experienced in connecting with industry and developing aligned research programmes.

Confidential enquiries can be made to Graham Ewing or Kerrie McGirr of EQI Global on +64 3 377 7793 or email at

Applications for this role close on Friday 23 June 2017 and should include a cover letter and résumé with recent teaching evaluation summaries, details of research activities and publications, and referee details.  All applications will be acknowledged by email. Register your interest and apply online via the EQI Global webpage

Phone: + 64 3 377 7793
PO Box 13-419, Christchurch, New Zealand

Industry Engagement Manager

This is the perfect leadership opportunity to build innovative and meaningful relationships between UC students and staff and our key industry and community stakeholders. Help us to develop ‘work ready’ graduates who are ‘prepared to make a difference’.

We are seeking to appoint an Industry Engagement Manager in the UC Business School, who is experienced and passionate in creating opportunities for the future success of our students. You will successfully engage with key stakeholders in business, public and non-profit sectors; develop a strategic plan for managing and coordinating UC’s industry engagement activities; oversee events to bring these stakeholders, students and staff together and create opportunities to support the UC Graduate profile.

The successful candidate will ideally have:

  • Experience in developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholder organisations

  • Experience in developing and promoting tertiary level, experiential learning programmes sector
    to internal and external stakeholders

  • A strong background in most areas outlined in this position description

  • Good understanding about strategic institutional branding, public and external relations

If you are excited by student success, see the opportunity in ambiguity and are able to problem solve and create innovative solutions across a range of people-related challenges, then this role offers you the chance to be part of something big!

Confidential enquiries can be made to Professor Paul Ballantine, Head of School, phone: +64 3 369 3738, email:

Applications close Sunday 4 June 2017. For further information, visit the UC Prospective Staff website Job Vacancies webpage for a position description and application details.

Why join us at UC?

At the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, you’ll be part of a world-class study destination, working with internationally
acclaimed academics and producing graduates who are prepared to change the world.

UC Business School programmes are internationally recognised, professionally relevant and community focused. We emphasise business innovation, enterprise and engagement with industry and the community.

In the Business of Making a Difference – Ko te whakapiki mana tā mātou mahi

UC Business School is continually developing expertise to reflect the fast-changing needs of industry and business professions. We are committed to being relevant to the new business world that we all operate in – forward-looking, adaptable, flexible, global and connected. The School is known for our thought leadership on matters important to the transformation of businesses, such as intergrnerational succession, business sustainability and business resilience. The School is in the top five percent of business schools globally and ranked #1 in New Zealand for research in Marketing and Tourism research, and #2 in Accounting, Finance, Management, Human Resources and Industrial Relations. By offering the best of contemporary business research and teaching, we are preparing graduates today who will transform business tomorrow.

UC Business School currently has sixty-two academic staff with strong international representation i.e. thirty-six  (58%) from a broad spectrum of countries across all continents.

We invite you to join a supportive faculty, where you will receive generous research grants and be rewarded for your academic contribution
and collaboration.

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