University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Principal Project Officer


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  • Property and Facilities Division

  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact

  • Join a University ranked Top 50 in the world

  • 17% superannuation contributions and 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Based at the picturesque St Lucia Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting, real-world impact.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Discounted parking (from just $5 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    We are seeking an experienced Principal Project Officer to join Property and Facilities Division. This role is to provides support in the administration and coordination of a broad range of activities for the Director, Campus Operations and across the Campus Operations section of Property and Facilities. The position will prepare background information and reports on a range of issues, and coordinate and assist in the implementation of strategic and operational initiatives for Campus Operations and the Division.

    Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide high level administrative support to the Director, Campus Operations and coordinate a range of activities both within Campus Operations, across the Division and the broader University community

  • Facilitate effective lines of communication both within the Property and Facilities Senior Management Group and more broadly across the University community and other parties external to the University

  • Develop and distribute written communication, such as reports, correspondence, analyses, for the Director, Campus Operations

  • Manage administrative projects as delegated by the Director, Campus Operations so that coordination and delivery of the project is achieved

  • Coordinate the Campus Operations Direct Reports action list and ensure the Director, Campus Operations is kept informed regularly on the progress of each item

  • Provide coordination of the resources, including but not limited to physical, personnel, and financial, within the Campus Operations section

  • Investigate and provide guidance and advice on Campus Operations policy and processes as required

  • Support committees and working parties as required, including coordination and the production

  • Other duties as requested by the Project Manager.

  • This is a Full-time, Continuing position. At HEW Level 7 , the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $93,254.55 to $101,680.96 plus a generous super allowance of up to 17% superannuation. The total FTE package will be in the range $109,107.82 – $118,966.72 per annum.

    About You
  • A degree in a business-related area with at least four (4) years relevant experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training

  • A sound understanding of a large and complex institution's facilities management operation and its interaction across the broader University context

  • Demonstrated ability to provide high level administrative support and advice, and to contribute to the work of a senior manager within a large and complex organisation

  • Ability to participate as a member of the Senior Management Group and to contribute to the development of strategy and policy for Campus Operations and across the Division

  • Ability to provide leadership to various task groups, committee, and coordinate teams to meet targets and deadlines

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate with staff of all levels of the organisation

  • Excellent organisational skills, with a demonstrated ability to set goals, develop priorities, meet deadlines, and to manage multiple tasks effectively

  • Well-developed skills in the interpretation of a broad range of policies and procedures and the ability to analyse and interpret detailed information to synthesise information into well-structured papers

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work and act independently and to exercise initiative, judgment and discretion

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Mr Kevin O'Sullivan (Director, Campus Operations) at [email protected]

    For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

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

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume', which is step one of the application form.

    Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close 27 September 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-30059).

    Job details


    Principal Project Officer


    University of Queensland




    September 13, 2023

    Application deadline

    September 27, 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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