Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Chief of Staff to the Vice-Chancellor




  • Full-time, Continuing position.
  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, with hybrid ways of working.
  • Exciting new senior executive level position providing high level strategic advice and guidance to the Vice-Chancellor & President of RMIT University.
  • About RMIT

    RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 95,000 students and 10,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs, to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

    Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT's leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.

    Our Culture

    Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

    Imagination. Integrity. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

    Read more about RMIT's strategy here https: // www. strategy

    About the role Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, and working closely with senior leaders across the University, the Chief of Staff acts to provide expert support to the Vice-Chancellor in relation to planning, decision making, key relationships, executive accountabilities and decision-making and the execution of initiatives to support the impactful delivery of RMIT's strategic goals.

    The collaborative role is responsible for managing the Office of the Vice Chancellor and ensuring smooth and effective operation of the Vice Chancellor's engagements, briefings, diary, and day to day working relationships, including support for key governance accountabilities and executive decision-making.

    The role operates across the full scope of RMIT's activities, developing and driving strategic initiatives which requires an integrated and prioritised approach across the university and with external partners.

    A full list of the key responsibilities is available in the position description below.

    To be successful in this position you will ideally have:

  • Experience working effectively and with impact at a senior level in a range of complex environments.
  • An ability to speak and listen in highly articulate terms, to negotiate and build productive working relationships and influence with key stakeholders, senior University management and institutional partners to achieve priority outcomes.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and experience in developing and delivering long term outcomes, including the application of lateral thinking and the development (in conjunction with the Vice-chancellor) of innovative solutions that have long lasting institutional impact.
  • Outstanding organisational, analytical, and problem-solving skills with the ability to critically evaluate and analyse complex information and data.
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of effective governance processes and structures.
  • Excellent and persuasive skills in the preparation of complex papers and reports and in a range of style and formats.
  • Demonstrated facilitation, partnering and negotiation skills with the proven ability to operate effectively under pressure, including adjusting style and approach to optimise outcomes.
  • Experience leading and managing a small, high-performing team and delivering the design, development and communication of strategic programs and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated track record of delivering concrete outcomes and rigorous implementation follow-through in relevant sectors or organisational domains.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify opportunities and areas for improvement in organisational performance and to initiate, lead and implement administrative and process reviews to achieve better outcomes.
  • Advanced people management and leadership skills with the demonstrated ability to build strong relationships using interpersonal skills to contribute to an effective workplace culture committed to continuous improvement to effective communication and collaboration across the institution, including multiple locations and organisations.
  • To Apply

    Please submit your resume and covering letter by clicking on apply. For further information about this position, or for a confidential discussion, please contact Gabrielle Bassett via email [email protected]

    Applications close on 17th April at 11.59pm.

    Position Description – Chief of Staff


    Applications Close:

    17 Apr 2024 11.59 pm

    RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Isla n der community.

    At RMIT, we are committed to supporting adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, as well as during employment. We actively support and encourage people with disability to apply to RMIT. To discuss adjustment requirements, please contact Kassie (Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor), via [email protected] or visit our Careers page for more contact information - https: // www.

    We are a Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant.

    Job details


    Chief of Staff to the Vice-Chancellor


    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology




    April 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 17, 2024

    Job type



    Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology usually known as RMIT University is a research university established in Melbourne, Australia. The university has got a huge campus and has international recognition for providing brilliant vocational and professional education, applied research and other things. Francis Ormond laid the foundation for the university in 1887. It initially began as a night school where courses related to technology, art, and science were offered to students. The university was granted the title of the public university in 1992.
    RMIT University enrols almost 87,000 students every year, including 34,347 international onshore and offshore students. University also earns $54.1 million through their research income.

    The university holds 11th rank in the whole world in the field of art and design subjects. The main campus of RMIT University is in the centre of Melbourne city and has got huge heritage value as the campus is located in the oldest section of the city. Other two campuses of the university in Australia are Bundoora Campus and Brunswick Campus. It also has two regional sites and two campuses in Vietnam and a centre in Spain. Since then the campus has developed to 87 buildings.

    The unique feature of RMIT University is that there are no boundary walls and the whole of the university is spread along with the six city blocks covering a huge area of about 720,000 sqm.

    The strength of the alumni community of RMIT University is more than 437,000 graduates who are currently working across 130 countries. Some of the well-known alumni of the university are Jim Stynes, famous charity worker; James Wan, movie director and writer; Lydia Lassila, Australian winter Olympic gold medalist; Charles Billich, famous Australian artist and Australian animator Felix Colgrave.

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