First listed on: 05 February 2019

Administration Officer – 011-0119F

  • An exciting opportunity to provide support to the new Matilda Centre undertaking research in Mental Health and Substance Use
  • A University of Sydney Flagship Initiative with the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Sydney Medical School, Camperdown/Darlington Campus and wide collaborations within and external to the University
  • 3 years fixed term with base salary of $73K p.a. plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

Reporting to the Centre Operations Manager, this role provides broad administrative support to The Matilda Centre for research in mental health and substance use, newly established at the University of Sydney in 2018. As the first point of contact for all stakeholders this role requires strong customer service and organisational skills. The role also provides a resource and point of contact for the Matilda Centre staff (currently more than 50 and growing), requiring a strong knowledge of University systems and processes, or the tenacity to identify what needs to be done, and working closely with staff at all levels ensure research, Human Resources, ICT and many other needs are met.  The key focus of this role is to ensure the effective running of the Centre, which can include managing reception, responding to queries, maintaining reports and formatting grant applications.

Matilda Centre:

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for an Administration Officer who possess:

  • A positive can-do attitude to be the first point of contact on our front desk
  • A dynamic personality, who wants to learn, solve problems and interact widely and positively within the Centre and the University, and with our senior external stakeholders
  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to provide high level administration support; this will include grant application and workshop delivery, events management, budget management, etc.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office with particular attention to Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, and experience with web-based computer programs and financial systems

The successful candidate will be a dynamic and flexible administrator who will create ownership in the role to support the effective running of this new and exciting world-class research centre.

About us

The Matilda Centre provides a world-first synergy of leading prevention and early intervention research and translation programs in substance use and mental disorders. The Matilda Centre undertakes research and brings together researchers currently working across disorder silos (addiction, depression, suicide, anxiety, exercise physiology, dietetics, chronic disease) to share skills, synergise data, and harness new technologies to develop and trial innovative prevention and early intervention programs for substance use and mental disorders.  

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has been a world-leading institution which has improved 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 7600 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.

How to apply

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.


This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 011/0119F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 17 February 2019

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.

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