First listed on: 18 January 2023


Ref 051/23 - Director, Graduate Research School

  • Full-Time
  • Fixed-Term for 5 years
  • Penrith Campus

About Western

Working at Western Sydney University means you will be part of an organisation that is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide and top of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. We understand the key to your success is unlocking your true potential – just as we do with our students.

Our 3,500 staff members work together to enable a dynamic, inclusive and innovative culture that is distinctly research-driven and student-centred. The University is deeply embedded in the community and the region we serve, which is Australia’s fastest growing economy and one of the most culturally diverse areas in Australia.

About the role

The Graduate Research School (GRS) is the central administration and support unit for higher degree research (HDR) activities at Western Sydney University and is responsible for the candidature administration and scholarship management of approximately 1500 HDR candidates. The GRS leads the development and delivery of university-wide graduate research training and development activities for HDR candidates and supervisors.

We currently have an opportunity for a Director, Graduate Research School to provide strategic operational leadership of the GRS and to drive the University’s graduate research priorities and lead the strategic development and operationalising of new GRS initiatives.

Working directly with the Dean, GRS, you will lead a high-performing team of Professional staff ensuring effective working partnerships with key stakeholders are established and maintained.

You will be instrumental in ensuring effective operations of academic strategies, benchmarking with sector peers (national and international), and liaison with research leadership in Schools and Institutes, ensuring provision of essential high-quality training and development for HDR candidates and their supervisors.

About You

Ideally you will have a relevant postgraduate degree with experience in graduate research training and development. You will have proven experience in successfully developing, leading and managing high-performing teams in a large, complex environment with the ability to set a team vision and develop team goals to meet organisational objectives and services excellence.

You will have superior organisational and project management skills with the ability to link and deliver institutional level strategies with operations, along with highly developed interpersonal and communication skills with a focus on exemplary client service and the ability to develop and maintain effective stakeholder relationships.


Western Sydney University has long been identified as a University of the people. We value the contributions made by our staff and recognise that they underpin the enablement of our mission and values. In return, we offer:

  • 10% or 17% super contributions
  • Supportive team and management
  • Range of employee benefits including professional career development, workplace flexibility, and a variety of savings and discounts on a range of goods and services

Remuneration Package: An attractive senior remuneration package applies to this appointment.

For more information, please refer to the Position Description.

If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for, please apply ensuring that you clearly address each selection criteria.

Position Enquiries: Professor Clive Baldock, Dean, Graduate Research School via

Closing Date: 8:30pm, Sunday 19 February 2023

Work rights for Australia
Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. You must provide evidence of your working rights in Australia at time of application.  

Only those applications submitted via the WSU online recruitment system will be accepted.

Full details on how to apply for these positions can be found at our website. Western Sydney University values workplace diversity.

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