School Manager

Canberra, Australia
04 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Senior Manager Level 1
Salary package: $111,621 - 117,039 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Continuing 

  • Provide operational leadership in the day to day running of the School
  • Take your career in exciting and rewarding directions, with variety and opportunities to develop
  • Join a flexible work environment, with an attractive remuneration package

College overview

The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.  Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and delivers a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities.  The College has a strong tradition of research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

Position overview

RSAA is the leading research school in Australia in the field of astronomy and astrophysics, and has been ranked in the top-10 in the world in space science. The School has world-class staff and students, and an exceptional track record in academic publishing, teaching, and funding. The vibrant and diverse astronomical research community at RSAA has access to a broad array of facilities, including optical telescopes operated by ANU at Siding Spring Observatory (AAT 4m, ANU 2.3m, SkyMapper 1.3m, UKST 1.2m) and radio telescopes (ATCA, Parkes, ASKAP, MWA). ANU is a partner in the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project and Australia is a strategic partner of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), an arrangement that provides access to all ESO telescopes at Paranal and La Silla. RSAA has access to excellent computational facilities through the National Computational Infrastructure supercomputers, as well as in-house compute clusters. RSAA develops sophisticated astronomical and space hardware in the state-of-the-art facilities at our Advanced Technology and Instrumentation Centre.

The School Manager will be responsible for working closely with the School Director to lead and manager the School's administration team. You will be responsible for the provision of strategic advice to the Director, as well as providing direction to staff, students and visitors in relation to finance, student administration and human resources, international and national recruitment, marketing and communications, and engagement with government, business and community sector stakeholders while contributing significantly to College and University level planning. 

This position will be based at the picturesque Mount Stromlo Observatory, which offer spectaulare views, free parking and a unique working enviroment.

If you have extensive demonstrated experience in management in a comparable institution and a track record in the supervision of staff, along with the capacity to build and lead teams we would love to hear from you.

Working at ANU will give you the opportunity to challenge yourself, build on your skills, and make a significant contribution to a workplace filled with energetic and inspiring people.

ANU offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements.

For further enquires please contact Matthew Colless on E: or T: 02 6125 0266

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

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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