First listed on: 10 March 2017

Senior Policy and Project Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education Portfolio
Reference no. 1926/1116

  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in project management
  • Opportunity to drive implementation of key initiatives of the University’s Education Strategy and other major strategic projects
  • Full-time, fixed term until 31 December 2018, remuneration package: $119K p.a. which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 

The DVC Education portfolio supports the development and implementation of the University’s strategy and vision for teaching and learning and students’ educational experience. The portfolio contributes to institution-wide developments aimed at improving student learning, including the University’s approach to curriculum renewal, new thinking in pedagogy, learning and teaching analytics, e-learning and quality assurance for learning and teaching. Its primary functions include: professional learning and support for educational excellence and innovation; academic enrichment through curricular and co-curricular programs; and strategic, policy, analytics and administrative support in implementing and monitoring the University’s vision for learning and teaching.

The Senior Policy and Project Officer will drive implementation of key initiatives of the University’s Education Strategy and other major strategic projects. This position will be focused on delivering the Education Strategy initiatives related to Higher Degrees by Research and Learning Analytics. The position will also involve support to the portfolio in relation to essential ongoing programs of priority to the DVC Education.

Position duties include:

  • managing key strategic projects for the portfolio
  • providing strategic planning, policy advice and support
  • managing communications and relationships with key stakeholders
  • providing active and strategic operational guidance to key bodies.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Senior Policy and Project Officer  who possesses:

  • tertiary qualifications in project management or related area with some relevant business or project management administration experience and/or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience
  • an understanding of the policy process, governance arrangements and administrative decision-making in a university or public sector context
  • familiarity with, or the capacity to quickly develop, project management literacy and capability
  • experience in managing strategic projects, especially those in policy reform, university or public sector contexts
  • ability to work in a complex and challenging environment.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 23 March 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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