University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Chief Operations Officer - ARC Centre of Excellence, Indigenous Futures


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  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Futures
  • Join the first ever Indigenous-led ARC Centre of Excellence
  • Contribute to transforming the lives of Indigenous Australians
  • Identified position for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples only
  • Co-located across our Toowong site and our St Lucia campus
  • About UQ

    What started as Queensland's first university in 1909, with just three faculties and 83 students, has grown into university ranked in the world's top 50 that is renowned for being a leader in teaching and research. Even after 100 years of history and excellence, we haven't forgotten that UQ was founded by – and for – the people of Queensland. In 2022, we launched the Queensland commitment as part of our belief that education and opportunity should be available for all Queenslanders by breaking down personal, financial and geographical barriers. It's this commitment that re-emphasises that UQ is a place for everybody: no matter who you are, where you're from, or what challenges you've faced, you can pursue your ambitions at UQ.

    About This Opportunity

    The ARC Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Futures will transform and improve the life chances of Indigenous Australians by utilising Indigenous knowledges to enhance our understanding of the complex nature of Indigenous intergenerational inequity. The work will span across three key research themes of the Centre: Law and Justice; Education and Economics; and Health and Wellbeing.

    The CoE Chief Operations Officer ( known locally as Deputy Director, Strategy and Operations ) will lead the Centre's national operations, and be responsible for the Centre's high-level strategic, operational and performance planning to enable the Centre to achieve impact across its research goals, objectives, and translation programs.

    You will manage a UQ-based professional team with responsibility for the smooth administrative operations of the Centre across administration, operations, business management, communications, and engagement functions). You will also provide virtual leadership to the node administrators at The University of Western Australia, The University of Melbourne, and the University of Technology Sydney.

    Additionally, you will also support the development of new initiatives and manage ongoing relationships with key partners and stakeholders including government agencies, funding bodies and Indigenous community partners.

    For a copy of the full information pack, please email Caylee-Jade Eve (Principal Advisor, Talent Acquisition) via [email protected]

    This is a full-time, fixed term position that has been funded for five years, plus a two-year extension. At HEW Level 10A, the base salary will be in the range $140K - $180K per annum (plus 17% super), commensurate with experience.

    About You

    The University of Queensland considers that being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under s25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991(Qld). The position is therefore only open to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. The successful candidate will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

    A pivotal role for the Centre of Excellence, we're searching for a collaborative individual with a blend of operational and strategic management experience. This experience will ideally have covered multiple areas across strategic planning, organisational development, policy development and implementation, financial management, staff development, and/or research grant management.

    As this Centre will be working with a range of community partners from all across Australia, from the Australian Human Rights Commission right through to grassroots Indigenous organisations, highly developed interpersonal skills will be required to pivot your approach as required. As such, your knowledge of the critical issues relevant to the diverse circumstances of Indigenous people, as well as your experience in connecting with communities right across Australia, will be key to your success in this role.

    Candidates who do not meet all the selection criteria are still strongly encouraged to apply.


    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Brendan Hokowhitu via [email protected].

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter outlining your key achievements and motivation for this opportunity
  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from attracting, retaining, and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community. In addition to being an identified position for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, we encourage applications from people who support the intersectionality of our other diverse communities, including gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic diversity, and people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    Applications close 4 October 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-29422).

    Job details


    Chief Operations Officer - ARC Centre of Excellence, Indigenous Futures


    University of Queensland




    September 13, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 04, 2023

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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