Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Outreach Manager (FIRST Australia)


Closing in 29 days


• Exciting opportunity to advance STEM education in Australia with FIRST Australia • Work with science and technology leaders, innovators and educators • Deliver STEM-enrichment programs to under-served cohorts


FIRST is a key strategic initiative of the University with a national and growing international profile. In collaboration with Macquarie University's Faculty of Science and Engineering, the FIRST programs aim to inspire the next generation to choose science and engineering degrees and career pathways. Macquarie University is the home of FIRST programs in Australia which includes all aspects of running the programs nationally. This includes but is not limited to coordinating events, training teachers and students, developing curricula, raising sponsorship, creating innovative programs to increase the number of schools involved and interfacing with partners from around the world.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is seeking an experienced Outreach Manager to develop and set the strategic directions for the FIRST programs in Australia. This role oversees the development and implementation of the full suite of FIRST training programs, the annual schedule of events, outreach activities and initiatives each year. Responsibilities include developing and advancing the reach and impact of the FIRST programs both nationally and internationally with the aim of increasing partners and participants. You will oversee the progression of pathways between FIRST levels and work to assess, adapt and implement changes from LEGO and from FIRST USA headquarters into the Australian market to enable a coherent and sustainable progression of pathways for participants. A key responsibility will be to foster and build connections and partnerships with external stakeholders and industry partners to support the FIRST Australia suite of programs.

About You

You will be a strategic thinker with exceptional project management skills. You thrive in high-pressure environments, maintaining a keen eye for detail while meeting deadlines. Your communication prowess, both written and verbal, will be exemplary, reflecting your collaborative nature as a team player. Additionally, your strong problem-solving abilities equip you to handle multiple tasks effectively, making you an invaluable asset to our team.

About Us

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is a young and dynamic faculty driven by the spirit of discovery. Here we nurture the next generation of science and technology innovators. From a handful of students on the University's first day, the Faculty now serves over 9,000 students across all our programs. Our research and teaching addresses the big issues faced by society in Australia and globally – the changing environment, future materials and fuels, biotechnology and cyber security.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, applicants must respond to the selection criteria below, and attach this as a separate document in the application process along with their curriculum vitae.

· A degree or qualification and equivalent experience in Science, Engineering, Business Administration or a similar discipline.

· Knowledge of the education sector in Australia and internationally.

· Knowledge of how people learn and how to develop programs and activities to enhance and promote the learning experience.

· Demonstrated ability to plan at both strategic and operational levels with strong organisational skills to ensure the delivery and implementation of operations and services.

· Proven ability to provide leadership and encourage a collaborative and cooperative work environment across a variety of stakeholders.

· Exceptional relationship management skills with the demonstrated ability to develop effective strategic and operational relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

· Strong customer service focus and ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders.

· Excellent project management and negotiation skills.

· Ability to manage a diverse team and extensive network of volunteers.

· Proven ability to exercise initiative and autonomous judgement.


· Knowledge of the external market and context relevant to FIRST Robotics.

· Working knowledge of the full suite of FIRST programs globally and in Australia.

· Knowledge of both local and international pathways to Macquarie University Degrees.

Specific Requirements

· Domestic and international travel is a requirement of this position.

· Working with children check

· Criminal history check

Salary Package: HEW Level 8 from $115,030 to $127,995 p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full time, continuing

Enquiries: Katrina Sealey, Faculty Executive Director at [email protected]

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Applications Close:

28/06/2024 11:59 PM

Diversity and Inclusion

Innovation and ingenuity thrive at Macquarie University when diversity, equity and inclusion take centre stage. At the University, we embrace a culture where diversity of background, experience and perspective are fundamental to our success.

We do not discriminate on gender identity, age, culture, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, family and caring responsibilities or religion. See our journey towards leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.

Flexible Work

At Macquarie, we believe by providing flexibility in when, where and how work is done, we can support our staff to manage their personal commitments, while optimising their work performance and contributions to the University. See how we lead in flexible work to enable an outcome focused and inclusive workplace. To learn more about our culture and hiring process, explore our Candidate Resource Hub.

Job details


Outreach Manager (FIRST Australia)


Macquarie University




May 15, 2024

Application deadline

June 28, 2024

Job type



Chemistry,Education,Engineering,Physics,Space Science

About the employer

Established in 1964, Macquarie University is a public university located in the suburbs of Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia. The establishment of the university marked a bold step towards transforming the otherwise traditional education system that was prevalent in Australia. The institution offers several facilities and services to students and is ranked among the leading universities globally.
The university has a total student enrolment of 40,209 students of which 27,795 students belong to full-time programs and 12,414 belong to part-time programs. The university saw a total of 8,641 international admissions and 31,568 domestic student enrollments for the last academic year (2019-20).

A vibrant hub for students, researchers, and teachers, all work towards pursuing a common goal of a brighter future. Macquarie University has been ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world by QS World University Rankings, 2020. Considered one of the top universities in Australia, the university has been on the ninth position for Australia for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020), producing graduates that are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

Spanning across 126 acres of land, the university provides an extensive range of courses for students to choose from. The Faculty of Business, The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Engineering, The Faculty of Law, The Faculty of Science, The Faculty of Medicine and Health, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Information Technologies, The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, The Faculty of Media, Communications and Performing Arts, The Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science and The Faculty of Security, Intelligence and Criminology offer various courses and research degrees for both undergraduate as well as graduate studies.

The university has several accommodation options for its students to choose from. Students can select their hall of residence according to their preferences and would not face any inconvenience during their stay in the city. Amenities at Macquarie University campus include a Bookshop, Counselling Services, Cafes, Medical Clinic, Pharmacy, and a Private Hospital along with other facilities. The university is situated at a prime location and has the availability of most resources, students would require around its premises.

The University also offers excellent sports facilities to students which are considered to be one of the greatest in the country. The Sports and Aquatic Centre located at the university has swimming pools, health clubs, basketball and squash courts, and even a martial arts area for students to indulge in.

To promote global higher education, Macquarie University awards scholarships to the tune of $6 million. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, diversity, leadership capabilities, financial hardship, and/or key achievements such as sports and voluntary experience. The university has one of the most substantial scholarship programs in Australia, providing several opportunities each year to international students to undertake studies at the university.

Ranked among the safest cities in the world, Sydney is an ideal study destination for students from all across the world. The university takes the safety of its students very seriously and has security personnel posted within the campus walls.

Some of the notable alumni of Macquarie University are Chris Lilley - Australian comedian, Rob Oakeshott - Member of the Australian House of Representatives, Tania Mihailuk - Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Adam Hills - Australian comedian, Murray Cook - Australian musician, Greg Page - Australian singer, Lauren Jackson - Australian basketball player and Anthony Field - Australian musician among many others.

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