First listed on: 12 January 2023

Manager, Next Generation Graduates Programs


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The Opportunity

  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency!
  • Flexible work arrangements! Mix of home and office.
  • Collaborative, flexible, innovative workplace that values you and your career development

The Next Generation Graduates Program will fund national scholarships to attract and train the next generation of artificial intelligence and emerging technology specialists. Through the Program, the Australian Government aims to address top-end talent shortages under two streams – Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies.

The Program will work with universities and industry to co-fund scholarships for Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Levels 8 (Honours) to 10 (Doctoral) using a work-integrated learning approach. Students will participate in industry-led research projects and/or placements to build job-ready skills and provide short-term access to high-end talent for business in addition to completing a formal qualification relevant to AI. Data61 will deliver the Program, in partnership with universities and industry partners.

The Manager will lead the Next Generation Graduates Program’s operations and is responsible for development, implementation and roll out of the Program. The manager will develop networks and liaise with key stakeholders, directly supervise staff within the Program, and work to ensure delivery of the Program’s strategy. The Manager will oversee the Program’s operational budget and prepare reports as required for management, funding and governance bodies. The Manager may manage similar graduate programs or be involved as and when additional opportunities arise.

Your duties will include:

  • The Manager will develop, action and review implementation, strategic and operational plans, to ensure delivery of the Program’s objectives 
  • Lead staff to achieve the Program’s goals, ensuring effective team performance, developing team members, and influencing other internal and external parties to achieve the Program’s goals and promote the Program in external forums.  
  • Lead the team to develop and implement end to end administrative processes with respect to student enrolment, admission/onboarding, coursework and engagement activities, milestone and examination processes, in collaboration with university partners, and develop relevant processes and procedures. 
  • Manage all financial and reporting aspects of the Program. 
  • Maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including government, university HDR units, academics, students, industry and senior management teams. 
  • Influence the Program’s

Location: Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane
Salary: AU$121,455 to AU$142,321 pa + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 91101

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant degree and extensive experience in senior advisory and managerial roles, preferably including experience in the tertiary education sector. 
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver end-to-end cohort and industry based higher degrees by research programs of work at a national scale, with a focus on driving and supporting best-practice. 
  • Strong judgement and problem-solving skills with an ability to proactively question and explore complex and ill-defined problems and develop appropriate responses  
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to balance competing priorities and fulfil the needs of multiple stakeholders. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral communication and presentation skills, including experience in proactively collaborating, negotiating and consulting with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop engagement strategies and implement management frameworks for a portfolio of strategic relationships with key clients and partners to meet strategic objectives. 
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a dynamic, sometimes ambiguous, urgent and/or complex environment, and to adapt quickly and achieve outcomes 

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

25th January 2023, 11:00pm AEST

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