• Fantastic opportunity for an experienced Chief of Staff to join Swinburne University
  • Performance Based Contract, full-time position at our vibrant Hawthorn campus
  • Attractive salary + 17% super and flexible/hybrid options available
  • About the Role Reporting to the Vice Chancellor, the Chief of Staff at Swinburne University of Technology will play a pivotal role in serving as the principal conduit and driver of action on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor and President. As the portfolio lead of the Office of the Vice Chancellor, the Chief of Staff will act as a key adviser and strategic partner to the Vice Chancellor and Executive Group on matters related to strategic planning, organisational management, external relations, and policy. Additionally, the Chief of Staff will oversee the provision of Council Secretariat services. Responsibilities:

  • Advise the Vice-Chancellor on day-to-day operations of the portfolio, ensuring efficiency, effectiveness, and optimal use of available resources.
  • Collaborate with the Vice-Chancellor, Council, and Executive Group to facilitate the planning and co-designing of Swinburne's strategic plan '2030' with staff and stakeholders.
  • Serve as a key liaison between the Vice-Chancellor and various stakeholders, both internal and external, to drive actions and initiatives forward.
  • If you are a dynamic and strategic leader with a passion for higher education and a drive to make a meaningful impact, we invite you to apply for the position of Chief of Staff at Swinburne University of Technology.

    Join us in shaping the future of education and driving innovation at one of Australia's leading universities. Apply now to be a part of our exciting journey towards Swinburne's strategic plan '2030'.

    About You To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities:

  • A minimum of five years' experience as a Chief of Staff or similar position.
  • Demonstrated ability working with confidential and other sensitive information.
  • Strong leadership and management experience.
  • Significant experience representing organisations in each of advocacy, negotiating, and relationship building/management capacities.
  • Outstanding financial and technological acumen with proven experience effectively managing the processes and structures necessary to control significant budgets, resources, and funding.
  • Qualifications

  • A postgraduate degree level qualification in a relevant discipline with subsequent relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • About Swinburne University of Technology Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience.
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job.
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution.
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice.
  • The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

    To Apply Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position.

    To review the Position Description and to apply, please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

    If you are viewing this advert from an external site, please click ‘apply' and you will be redirected to Swinburne's Jobs website to access the Position Description at the bottom of the page.

    Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

    If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on [email protected].

    Applications Close: Wednesday, 22 May 2024 at 11.00pm

    Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

    Equity and Diversity Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation, and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives. For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

    We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

    We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact [email protected]

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    For any support please contact [email protected] or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

    Victoria's Commitment to Action: Improving international student employment outcomes As a signatory to Victoria's Commitment to Action, Swinburne seeks to remove barriers to international graduate employment. We welcome and encourage applications from international graduates.

    We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant

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    Chief of Staff


    Swinburne University of Technology




    May 08, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 22, 2024

    Job type



    Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    Swinburne University of Technology (often simply called Swinburne) is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1908 as the Eastern Suburbs Technical College by George Swinburne in order to serve those without access to further education in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Its main campus is located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne which is located 7.5 km from the Melbourne central business district.

    In addition to its main Hawthorn campus, Swinburne has campuses in the Melbourne metropolitan area at Wantirna and Croydon as well as campuses in Sarawak, Malaysia and Sydney.

    In the 2022 QS World University Rankings, Swinburne placed 19th in Australia and moved up 50 places to 321st globally. In the 2020 Student Experience Survey, Swinburne was ranked equal 1st place in Victoria for the ’entire education experience’ for undergraduate students, with an overall satisfaction rate of 80 per cent.

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