Associate Director, Academic Innovation and Business Development

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    The University of Western Australia 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA
    Perth, WA, Australia Phone: +61 8 6488 6000
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Associate Director, Academic Innovation and Business Development

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)

  • Leading University role engaging with third party organisations on education programs and other related opportunities
  • Key role realising the aspirations of the University both domestically and internationally
  • Opportunity to work with significant central areas, schools, and across multiple boundaries of the University
  • Senior management position
  • 5 year appointment

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The role will work across two work areas within the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) portfolio: Academic Innovation and Enterprise and Global Engagement. The role will provide the planning and design support of educational third-party commercial arrangements as well as major institutional partnerships with Universities, industry, sector-wide organisations and governments at national and international levels.

Both work areas are embedded within the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) portfolio and work collaboratively within and beyond that portfolio to support student recruitment, enhanced student experiences, industry engagement initiatives as well as key institutional partnerships. Within these two areas, external negotiations with government; software providers; third party online delivery organisations and many other bodies, is an increasing feature and involves close internal liaison with UWA’s legal, IT, finance and other areas.

About the opportunity

As the appointee, you will work directly with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation and Enterprise) to explore and implement opportunities for establishment and growth of the University’s local, national, offshore, and online learning presence.

You will provide oversight for a program of local, national, online, and offshore projects including managing third party contract development, budgets, scope, risks, and stakeholders to ensure all projects are delivered within budget, to agreed timeframes and to quality expectations.

You will work to ensure relationships are cultivated and nurtured with partners to further the University’s local, national, and international reach and reputation, and the achievement of this element of the Education and Internationalisation Strategies.

This role has two key areas of focus:

  • Strategic project management
  • Fostering relationships with local, national, offshore, and online education and university partners

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Significant experience in the higher education sector or related field and preferably associated with international education and engagement.
  • Experience working within legal and regulatory frameworks and varied governance structures at a senior management level.
  • High level communication skills in influencing, negotiating, motivating, and communicating across a large, complex organisation and with external stakeholders.
  • Highly developed skills in strategic planning and governance within a complex organisational structure.
  • Proficiency in a range of computing skills including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, internet, and email.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse and interpret complex data, present findings, and advocate positions.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead significant projects through the project management lifecycle collaborating with diverse stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File POSITION DESCRIPTION Associate Director, Academic Innovation and Business Development

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

Closing date: Midday (Western Australian Standard Time) on Thursday 27th January 2022

Candidates should note that the selection process for this appointment will take place during the week commencing 31st January 2022.

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Bronze Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2021).
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020.   



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