Chief Operations Officer

Canberra, Australia
22 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Salary package: $111,621- $125,642 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Type: Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funded)

Position overview

This is a unique opportunity to manage a Centre of Excellence at one of Australia’s leading universities in a broad, exciting and challenging position.  

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3-Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) is a $40M collaborative research Centre that encourages collaboration between university researchers at the administering and collaborating organisations, as well as operating education and outreach activities nationwide to engage students and the general public in STEM.

The Centre, led from the ANU Mount Stromlo facilities in Canberra by Professor Lisa Kewley, spans six (6) Australian universities, three (3) national infrastructure facilities, and seven (7) international partner institutions. ASTRO-3D combines Australia's leading optical, infrared and radio telescope technologies with sophisticated theoretical simulations and ambitious new data intensive science techniques to build a comprehensive picture of the evolution of matter, the chemical elements, and ionizing radiation in the Universe from the Epoch of Reionization to the present day.

ASTRO 3D is seeking an enthusiastic Chief Operations Officer (COO) to lead the administration and operations of the Centre.  The Chief Operations Officer plays a central leadership role in positioning ASTRO 3D as a recognised national and international leader in astronomy and astrophysics.

Working with a considerable degree of autonomy, the Chief Operations Officer is responsible for governance, operations and relationship management of ASTRO 3D, and ensures the Centre’s strategic objectives are met through the appropriate design, delivery and evaluation of research, training, and education/outreach programs. International partnership development, marketing and event management are also critical aspects of the role.

To be successful in this is role you will hold relevant qualifications and have a proven history of leadership, engagement, and achievement in a similar role.  You will have strong leadership skills with a track record of developing strategy for communicating and consulting with government and non-government organisations, internal and external stakeholders, professional bodies, academic bodies and the community. You will have expertise in high level planning, financial, human resource and project management, coupled with outstanding analytical, verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to work as part of an executive team in a strategic planning and operational management capacity.

We offer a supportive work environment and benefits of a large organisation that offers access to salary packaging arrangements and generous superannuation contributions.

For more information please contact Professor Lisa Kewley T:+61 2 6125 8028 E:

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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. 

Position Description & Selection Criteria

Advertised: 22 Feb 2019 09:00:00 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 29 Mar 2019 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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