Dean, Academy of Film and Creative Technology

April 2, 2024

Job Description


Academy: Academy of Film and Creative Technology

Role: Dean

Position: Determined by academic qualifications

Location: Suzhou, China

Salary: Competitive on the market

fixed term, 3 years’ contract, open-ended contract since the third term

Vice President, Academic Affairs


In 2006 Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool
University (XJTLU) was created by the University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong University – a top ten university in China.
Offering a unique international education experience, XJTLU brings together excellent research practice and expertise from both institutions
and gives students the skills and knowledge they need to secure careers in a global marketplace. XJTLU now has over 23,000 enrolled students
in both Suzhou and Liverpool in the UK, with plans to grow to about 25,000 students by 2025 . There are currently about 2,200 staff, among
which about 1,000 academic staff, with an almost even split between citizens of the People’s Republic of China and international
passport holders. XJTLU offers our undergraduates and postgraduates over 100 programmes with a diverse spectrum of courses.With a focus on
innovative learning and teaching, and research, XJTLU draws on the strengths of its parent universities, and plays a pivotal role in
facilitating access to China for UK and other institutional partners. At same time, XJTLU is exploring future education by blending the
educational theory, best practice and culture from west and east. For detailed information about the university, please visit

About the Academy of Film and Creative

The Academy of Film and Creative Technology (AoFCT), as part of XJTLU’s exploration in creating an
educational ecosystem in film, media and arts industry, was launched on 22nd May 2021. The Academy brings together both the School of
Cultural Technology, based within the Entrepreneur College (Taicang), and School of Film and TV Arts, based within the Suzhou Industrial
park campus, under one academic roof. Uniquely within XJTLU, the Academy is multi-locational, providing cross-site opportunities for
students, staff, industry and society. There are also ambitious plans to develop further educational, research and creative technology
facilities in both Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, and the Great Bay Area. The Academy offers a two-year master degree programme in Creative and
Cultural Technology, building on the success of its initial degree programmes, as well as expanding its research and business engagement
portfolio.Building on the core values of the university, the Academy brings together the areas of media, creativity and technology within
the context of society to establish an international cultural ecosystem, driven by knowledge generation to advance industry and shape future
society. The aim of the AoFCT is to be a community academy serving the alliance of industry and society through:

Establishing cultural creativity programmes designed to engage, motivate and inspire society’s participation.

• Equipping
AoFCT staff with the tools required to enable them to work with people of all backgrounds, talents and potential in the cultural and
creative industry sector.

• Empowering a social, cultural and creative impact model that provides a win-win situation for
industry, communities and society as a whole.

About the School of Cultural Technology

The School of Cultural
Technology is one of 7 industry-themed Schools based in the XJTLU Entrepreneur College (Taicang) campus, and there is the capacity to grow
further within the college to a total of 10 schools. Each School consists of an Education, Research and Development Institute
(“ERDI”) for teaching and university-business research collaboration, a professional services centre supporting daily activities
of students, staff, and business partners, and a School Affiliated Company jointly established by XJTLU and the School’s industry
partner for practical on-the-job learning and teaching.

About the School of Film and TV Arts

The School of
Film and Television Arts was built on the departmental strengths in communication and culture. With the addition of trainings in making
creative content and arts, the School has been constantly developing a mix of practice, research, creativity and industry engagement with
the cultural and creative industry sectors in China and internationally. The School currently offers programmes in Digital Media Arts, TV
Production and Filmmaking at UG level. The Dean of School oversees the School Management Team as well as contributing to the leadership of
the Academy, with a daily reporting line to the Dean of the Academy.

Key Responsibilities of the Dean, AoFCT

The role of Dean of the Academy of Film and Creative Technology is to provide effective direction in all aspects of Academy-wide
activity, delegating responsibility within the Academy when appropriate. The Dean is expected to represent the Academy, within the
University, and externally. The Dean will also be part of the XJTLU Dean Advisory Group.

The Dean must provide the sort of
professorial academic leadership needed to take the Academy through its current growth phase. Emphasis rests on the development of the
Academy’s new degrees and its research endeavour and so candidates must not only be highly accomplished in their own right, they must
also have clear collaborative commitment and the ability to develop and implement teaching and research strategies. Additionally, given the
University’s pace of expansion, the Dean must provide wider academic leadership in matters such as staff development and recruitment,
programme development and quality assurance within Academy.

The Dean is expected to lead the development and implementation of the
overall vision and academic development of the Academy, working closely with senior Academy staff to promote innovative developments in the
delivery of its programmes, highlighting its strengths through the recent opening of a new purpose built building. The Academy has a focus
on interdisciplinary collaboration and original creativity, with programmes delivered over a number of locations.

The Dean is
responsible for:

  1. Providing visionary academic leadership in the strategic development of the Academy;
  2. Developing
    appropriate strategies for Learning and Teaching, Research and Impact, and Business Engagement in line with University and Entrepreneur
    College (Taicang) strategies;
  3. Enhancing and developing the profile of the School and Academy locally, nationally and
  4. Daily operation and administration in the School;
  5. Reporting to and implementing decisions made by the
    Academy Council and/or Academy of Film and Creative Technology;
  6. Reviewing and developing the portfolio of programmes at all levels,
    including the development and delivery of new and innovative educational initiatives;
  7. Preparing both the annual budget and report
    on financial accounts of the Academy ;
  8. Developing Academy infrastructure, regulations and rules for the Academy Council
  9. Delivering excellent learning and teaching, research, and enterprise engagement activities in the Academy ;
  10. Personnel decisions including recruitment, discipline, retention, contract termination, etc. in the Academy ;
  11. Coordination and
    communication between the Academy and the University; and,
  12. Any other work-related tasks assigned the Vice President for Academic

Qualifications and Experiences

  1. Candidates must be a Ph.D. holder in a relevant
    subject from a world renowned university, or be able to demonstrate an equivalent professional practice and engagement.
  2. Candidates
    must demonstrate a strong academic background, preferably with knowledge of practice-as-research.
  3. Candidates must demonstrate a
    willingness and enthusiasm to embrace and manage change, and actively engage with new educational models such as Syntegrative Education
  4. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of successful outcomes in building productive partnerships among other higher education
    institutions, industry, and with wider society.
  5. Candidates shall become familiar with and observe Chinese and UK rules and
    regulations of higher education.
  6. Candidates shall have management experience with good people skills and have the ability or
    experience to form and develop a new academic unit.
  7. Candidates must have an international reputation and demonstrate impacts in the
    creative industries ideally with a strong focus on creative thinking, idea development and industry practice, especially from a technology
  8. Candidates must have rich experience in research, academic leadership, financial management, strategic planning,
    people management, as well as senior academic management experience in a university, research institution or similar functions/areas.
  9. Candidates must demonstrate a good track record of engagement with students and industry.
  10. Candidates must have a high level of
    communicative competence in English; an equivalent knowledge of Chinese would be an advantage.
  11. Candidates with administration and
    management experience in international universities or Sino-foreign joint universities are preferred.
  12. Some experience of working in
    a relevant industry would be an advantage.


Please submit your applications online 

Applications must be submitted in a single PDF file
that includes 3 parts in the order of:• A cover letter specifying your suitability for the role• A current CV, including date of
birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level• Contact details for three references (at least a reference from current or
most recent employer. Preferably current employer *and* last employer)

For specific job related enquiries, please email the hiring
manager of this position, Prof. Zhoulin Ruan at;

For HR related enquiries, please email the HRBP, Ms. Mingyu Yuan at