Executive Director, Innovative Research Universities

  • Odgers Berndtson Australia
  • Australia
  • Jun 04, 2021
Full time Deans & Directors

Job Description

Rare and exciting opportunity to work at the most senior levels of the higher education sector and to influence Government policy.

The Innovative Research University (IRU) group is a network of seven Australian universities that conduct research of national and international standing. The member universities are: La Trobe, Flinders, Murdoch, Charles Darwin, James Cook, Western Sydney University and Griffith. Characterised by a focus on outer metropolitan and provincial cities, collectively these universities reflect the rich diversity of the nation and represent over 220,000 students, including 52,000 international students from over 120 countries.

The IRU delivers value to its member universities, students and stakeholders through building a profile and a strong voice with government and other influential bodies; creating opportunities across members to share policy and practice and to collaborate on joint initiatives; and by supporting senior staff of member universities in discussing current issues and sharing developments.

Reporting to the Chair of the IRU the Executive Director has strategic responsibility for influencing Government policies to achieve better policy and programme settings for members. By strengthening relationships with key Government Agencies and stakeholders, including political and education groups, you will deliver outcomes including raising the IRU and member profiles, and enhancing proposed federal legislation, and budgets and outcomes of competitive grants for the benefit of IRU members. Working with senior staff at member universities, you will enhance networking groups for knowledge sharing, the conduct of collaborative projects, and the joint pursuit of best practice in common interest areas. You will oversee the general operations of the IRU Secretariat comprising four other positions.

The IRU expects that you will work effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders and foster a spirit of collaboration in a complex multi-institutional setting. You have a deep understanding of the tertiary education policy environment; excellent communication skills, including the ability to prepare clear reports and policy papers on complex issues; and the proven ability to deliver quality operational and business outcomes supporting strategic imperatives. You should bring established professional networks, particularly in government circles akin to the key duties of the position or be well placed to establish and maintain these relationships. Demonstrated organisational and leadership skills, the ability to work under broad direction only and exercise initiative, and a relevant degree/s, preferably including a graduate qualification, will support your application.

For further information please contact Paul Hill on +61 (0)407 766 756 or +61 (3) 8375 7424 at Odgers Berndtson, the consultants advising the IRU.

Applications close at 07:00am on Thursday 24 June 2021. Applications should be submitted via www.odgers.com/83001.

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