Director, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

Canberra, Australia
$141,416 - $181,646 per annum plus 17% superannuation
10 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
21 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level D - E
Salary package: $141,416 - $181,646 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Terms: Full time, Continuing (5 year Directorship with an underlying continuing Academic appointment)

The Australian National University (ANU) has an international reputation as a leading university in research, education, and policy expertise. Distinguished by its relentless pursuit of excellence, the ANU attracts leading academics and outstanding students from Australia and around the world.

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) is the largest single College of seven Colleges at ANU. The College, which is structured into two main research schools, offers degrees in more than 20 discipline areas and excels in research across the creative arts, humanities and social sciences. The College has a substantial international research presence and is a major source of national policy advice. Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their research, and 57 are members of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, or both. We also host 13 Australian Research Council Future Fellows and two ARC Laureates. A hub of vibrant activity, we host more than 270 lectures, concerts and exhibitions each year, most of which are open to the public. Our students, staff and graduates come from more than 60 nations, bringing a diversity of perspective to campus life.

The ANU Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) is a world-leader in research, education and policy analysis in the social sciences. RSSS comprises a broad range of disciplinary departments as well as a number of multidisciplinary centres: the School of Demography, the School of History, the School of Philosophy, the School of Politics and International Relations, the School of Sociology, the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, and the Centre for Social Research and Methods.

Position overview

Since 1990, CAEPR has established an unrivalled reputation and track record as Australia’s leading social science research centre on Indigenous policy issues. CAEPR is now seeking an accomplished and senior Indigenous academic leader with relevant discipline and policy expertise, as their new Director. Reporting to the Director of RSSS, the CAEPR Director will be responsible for the operational management, research and educational leadership and strategic direction of CAEPR, consistent with the strategic plans of the College of Arts and Social Sciences and the ANU. This will include national and international policy outreach and partnership with multiple stakeholders, and the ongoing development of relationships between CAEPR and government agencies and research networks both in Australia and overseas.

Highly developed communication skills and the capacity to influence effectively should be complemented by the ability to engage across RSSS and ANU to encourage integrative research and teaching frameworks. Excellent people management capability should be combined with effective financial planning skills. The ability to build relationships while engendering a positive culture of collaboration will be essential.

This is an Identified Position in accordance with the ANU Identified Position Policy. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons are strongly encouraged to apply

For more information, please contact Professor Catherine Waldby, Director, Research School of Social Sciences T: +61 2 6125 2257 E:

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. CAEPR actively encourages women and applicants of non-binary gender to apply for this position. CAEPR is committed to developing a diverse staffing profile, and supporting flexible working arrangements that take into account caring responsibilities. If desired, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with senior women within CAEPR, RSSS and ANU, and CAEPR will support mentoring opportunities.

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country.

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