First listed on: 21 November 2017

Associate Director, External Benchmarks

Research Reporting Analysis and Data Systems (RRADS)
Reference no. 2324/1117

  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in strategic planning and analysis
  • Full time continuing, competitive remuneration
  • Located at Camperdown / Darlington Campus

About the opportunity 

A vacancy has arisen to work within the Research Reporting Analysis and Data Systems (RRADS) Department. As an Associate Director – External Benchmarks, you will be responsible for leading and managing the University’s relationship with external benchmarking companies and Government to optimize he University’s rankings aligned to the strategic University goals. Having excellent communication skills, the incumbent will lead the University engagement and negotiations with key external benchmarking agencies, and work with them to align their requirements with the University’s data collection, analysis and reporting systems. You will be required to facilitate research benchmarking surveys and responses for external benchmarking agencies, as well as reporting to the University Executive Research committee on key benchmarking provider requirements, trends and interpretations.

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 an Associate Director, External Benchmarks who possesses demonstrated expertise in:

  • Strategic management and planning, and being able to design, develop and translate strategic initiatives into operational practices
  • Ability to provide reporting and strategic advice to key internal and external stakeholders
  • Leading the collection and delivery of data sets, as well as initiating enhancements and modifications to systems and data sets as required

The successful candidate will apply extensive experience, judgement and professional knowhow to make strategic benchmarking decisions in relation to the university and aspirational benchmarking outcomes.

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 our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 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.

The DVC Research Portfolio currently includes five groups that support the DVCR and researchers to achieve the University’s research goals:

  1. Research Development and Collaboration leads the  development and implementation of research strategies, policies, programs and projects, for the university and individual researchers and research groups
  2. Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships leads the development and implementation of research commercialisation strategies, policies, programs and projects, for the university and individual researchers and research groups
  3. Research Grants and Contracts leads the design and delivery of services, systems  and processes  to support researchers apply for and comply with conditions of grants and funding
  4. Research Integrity and Ethics Administration leads the design and delivery of services, systems and processes to establish and maintain researcher and institutional compliance with standards and codes of conduct relevant to research
  5. Research Reporting, Analysis, Data & Systems leads the development and maintenance of research data sets and systems to enable analysis and reporting on the research capability of the University.

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: 5.30pm 5 December 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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