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Executive Director, Office of the Vice-Chancellor and President

  • Key University-wide leadership role, driving strategic initiatives which require an integrated approach across the university and with external partners

About the University

Since its foundation in 1949, UNSW Sydney has made an ongoing commitment to improve and transform lives in Australia and globally. The essence of UNSW Sydney is not just its impressive facilities and grounds, but in its staff, students, alumni, and partnerships with community and industry, who together make a collective difference in the creation of a just society. UNSW’s 2025 Strategy positions UNSW as a global leader in change and innovation, through research and education.

About the role

The Executive Director to the Vice-Chancellor supports the Vice-Chancellor with planning, decision-making, project management and the execution of initiatives for the impactful delivery of UNSW’s strategic goals. The Executive Director operates at a tactical, operational, and strategic level, handling oversight of initiatives for the Vice-Chancellor and working closely with UNSW’s senior leadership team to ensure a collaborative culture which drives outcomes in the best interests of UNSW.

Working closely with Faculties and Divisions to ensure effective consultation and that actions are taken to address challenges, risks and issues, the Executive Director drives progress on strategic initiatives and serves as a thought partner and strategic advisor to the Vice-Chancellor.

The role will represent the Vice-Chancellor when required, building relationships, and facilitating engagement with key internal and external stakeholders, including students, staff, alumni, industry representatives, organisations, governments, and other leading universities.

The right candidate

A values-driven executive leader, the right candidate brings a demonstrated ability to deliver concrete outcome and rigorous follow through, and organisational, analytical, and problem-solving skills, with the ability to critically evaluate and analyse complex information and data. The right candidate has extensive experience leading, project managing and delivering the design, development and communication of strategic programs and initiatives, working at a senior level in a complex environment. Key to success in the role will be skills in facilitation, partnering and negotiation; operating effectively under pressure; ensuring efficient and appropriate handling of confidential and sensitive matters within governance processes and structures; and exceptional communication and strategy design and execution skills and experience.

To learn more, and to apply

The University has engaged De Sailly Search as the sourcing and selection partner for this appointment. All applicants are encouraged to get in contact early in the process, to express confidential interest and to obtain full position information, by email to Dr Rosalind De Sailly UNSW_EDOVC@desailly.com.au

Applications are to be submitted via email to the above address before the close date of 11.55pm Sunday 30 October 2022.

Complete applications are to include:

  • A 2-page cover letter introducing your interest and outlining your suitability for the position, with reference to the skills and experience criteria listed in the position description
  • A complete and up-to-date CV detailing qualifications and work experience
  • Names and contact details of at least two referees

UNSW is committed to evolving a culture that embraces equity and supports a diverse and inclusive community where everyone can participate fairly, in a safe and respectful environment. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and encourage applications from people of diverse gender, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability and those with caring and family responsibilities. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.

 The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.