Director, Commercial Innovation Programs

Hawthorn, Australia
07 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Maternity Cover
Full Time
  • Start-up initiative with the University
  • Drive and lead the operational Accelerator Program
  • 6 month maternity leave contract

About the job

The Accelerator Program Director will be responsible for operational delivery and continuous development of Swinburne’s innovation ecosystem, including the accelerator and incubator programs. This critical role, will act as the go-to person for accelerator residents and be responsible for the operational management of the soon to be launched 16-week intensive program. Working with a small team you will lead the initiation and coordination of recruitment campaigns through to handholding successful start-ups to the next stage of their development and incubation.

Working closely with the Innovation Precinct Management executive team you will form and leverage a credible network of internal and external stakeholders comprising of entrepreneurs, risk capital investors, government funding agencies, and leading national and international accelerator/incubator programs. Using these networks, they will be responsible for populating a healthy pipeline of start-up development events and workshops, pairing up external mentors with accelerator residents, and organising investor pitch events, among others.

About the Innovation Precinct and Swinburne

At Swinburne, our Innovation Precinct connects people to the knowhow they need to solve challenges and reach outcomes that have social and economic impact. We bring together the University’s brightest minds in collaboration with industry, to foster entrepreneurship and to create new technology, products and services. Our cutting-edge Digital Innovation Lab, the Design Factory Melbourne and the Factory of the Future lead our strengths in digital, design and manufacturing innovation.

About you

To be successful you will have be a dynamic individual with knowledge, experience and passion for supporting start-up creation and development activities. With strong program management, you will be able to lead the day to day operations, including supporting the needs of tenant businesses, coaches, external mentors, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and internal stakeholders. With outstanding verbal and written communication skills you will thrive working with complex internal and external stakeholders. With demonstrated ability to drive a program forward, in a fast environment, you will be ready to make an impact.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


  • Participate in regular staff and management development programs
  • Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre (HALC) discounted memberships
  • Weekly yoga and pilates classes
  • Flexible working arrangements Discover more discounts when you start at Swinburne. Receive movie tickets and staff membership options at the Swinburne bookshop. Theres news subscriptions and computer and software discounts on offer.

Further information and how to apply

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

To view the position description or to start an application click on apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume and cover letter only, as listed in the Position Description.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Ania Gruba (Recruitment Consultant) via

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 23rd November 2018.

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