Role profile

Post title
Executive Dean
Competitive, commensurate with the experience of the successful applicant
Hours of work
Full time
Responsible to
Responsible for
Overall leadership and success of the Faculty
The main duties and responsibilities of the role are:

Strategy and planning

  1. Develop and deliver a coherent and ambitious strategy for the Faculty, collaborating closely with the Provost (Health) and the Faculty Executive Board, a strategy that supports the delivery of King’s strategic and financial plans

  2. Heighten awareness and understanding of the Faculty’s work and strategy within King’s and amongst external stakeholders including the government, funders, NHS partners and our local, national and international community
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  1. Work closely with the Deans of Education and Vice Deans responsible for Research & Impact, Development, Diversity & Inclusion and International to strengthen the Faculty’s contribution to these strategically important areas

  2. Represent the Faculty at King’s and partner organisation committees and events, participating in corporate activities and decision-making

  3. Lead the delivery of the Faculty’s academic and scholastic strategy, ensuring compliance with legal regulations, along with King’s regulations, clear and effective governance, implementing initiatives to drive innovation and relevance of the Faculty’s education and research activities in line with King’s Vision 2029

  4. Deliver the Faculty’s business plan with the support of the Faculty Operating Officer who has responsibility for operations across the Faculty

  5. Chair appointment panels for academic positions in the Faculty (except professorial level) and key Faculty positions
  6. Engage with staff and students across the Faculty to promote an understanding of the Faculty’s priorities, and to engage in a dialogue with the Faculty about potential future developments and areas of investment


  1. Work with the Deans of Education to guide the development and delivery of the Faculty’s research-led education programmes

  2. Advocate and strengthen student wellbeing and the student experience, engaging with members of the student body to have a dialogue about education provision and its delivery

  3. Promote initiatives that recognise and celebrate excellent educators in the Faculty
  1. Work with academic and professional services colleagues to make our environment of education as engaging and enriching as possible, giving our students the skills, knowledge and cultural competency to be highly effective throughout their careers

  2.  Oversee quality assurance activities, along with programme reviews, as required


  1. Work with the Vice Dean (Research & Impact) and the Heads of School to develop a coherent research strategy, which draws together the expertise and knowledge of our staff and students to work in a concentrate way to improve health outcomes here in the UK and globally

  2. Determine key performance indicators/ metrics of success against which progress against the strategy can be measured

  3. Engage with research funders, including commercial companies, to understand their research priorities and the changing context in which we work
Laboratory researchers
  1. ​Provide support for initiatives across King’s that improve facilities and give opportunities for cross-disciplinary work and innovation

  1. Work with the Vice Dean (Research & Impact) to maximise research impact, publication levels, a wide diversity of research income 

People and culture

  1. Provide academic leadership across the Faculty, managing staff in line with the King's Principles in Action

  2. Create an environment of enquiry with a culture of continual professional development and improvement and one where all views are encouraged, recognising the value of the community members’ diverse expertise and knowledge

  3. Sit on academic recruitment, probation and promotion panels
  1. Actively engage with the ongoing review of academic performance across the Faculty

  2. Initiate opportunities that help staff to develop and enhance their skills to maximise their success in their current post, preparing them for future career steps – through training, coaching and mentoring – and creating a culture of outstanding scholars – both educators and researchers – and a nurturing environment in which diversity is celebrated


  1. With the support of the Faculty Operating Officer, take accountability for the financial performance of the Faculty and its contribution to the university

  2. Maximise income from student fees and research overheads 

  3. Lead the Faculty’s planning processes in support of the Faculty’s and King’s strategies, maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of resources

  4. Engage with fundraising activities 
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