Deputy Director, Strategy and Operations

Brisbane, Australia
30 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
28 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is the flagship unit for applied social science research at The University of Queensland (UQ), and one of the largest social science research institutes in Australia. With a proud history of more than a decade advancing solution-oriented social research, ISSR researchers apply multidisciplinary approaches to address some of the most important issues and challenges facing Australia and the world.

ISSR has a respected track record in areas such as family dynamics, education, employment, social wellbeing, international development, and Indigenous studies. The Institute also undertakes research to improve social science and evaluation methodologies and is building new capabilities in areas of identified need for our partners, such as health and data science. ISSR is based at UQ’s Long Pocket Precinct (80 Meiers Road, Indooroopilly), a research-oriented campus just ten minutes from UQ’s main teaching and learning campus at St Lucia, Brisbane.

The role

Reporting to the Institute Director, the Deputy Director, Strategy and Operations has overall responsibility for executing the strategic direction of the Institute in collaboration with the Director and executive team, as well as ensuring operational excellence and effectiveness. Your primary objectives will include engaging with external and internal stakeholders, providing direction in the development and delivery of research, funding, teaching and commercial ventures. 

The person

Relevant qualifications and experience should be coupled with your ability to build relationships across the University and with industry, government and professional bodies. Your proven track record in a senior management role, where you have contributed to both strategic and operational initiatives across a range of functions, within a complex organisation, will be essential. A working knowledge of the issues affecting research funding in Australia will also be key to your success.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to Mrs Colleen McAleese, HR Business Partner, on +61 7 3346 1635.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at HEW Level 10. The initial appointment as Deputy Director (Strategy and Operations) will be for a term of up to 5 years. A further appointment may be offered following a review at least one year before the end of the initial term.

A competitive remuneration package - including employer superannuation contributions of 17% - will be negotiated with the successful applicant.


Please direct any questions about the position or the application process to Robinson Fitzgerald Executive Search whom have been engaged to assist UQ: Janine Fitzgerald, Director on +61 424 164 765 or via or Kate Robinson, Director on +61 409 769 560 or via quoting reference number RF0012.

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