Senior Policy and Project Officer

Sydney, Australia
05 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Apr 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity for an experienced Senior Policy and Project Officer to join the Education Portfolio team.
  • Located at Camperdown/Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, fixed term contract (22 months), with a base salary $103,034 p.a plus generous superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Education Portfolio have an opportunity for a Senior Policy and Project Officer to join their team. As a Senior Policy and Project Officer, you will drive the implementation of key initiatives in the University’s education strategy and other major education projects. You will also undertake ongoing policy development and analysis, research and governance design to support the Education portfolio’s initiatives. This position will see you take on a range of duties including, but not limited to:

  • writing discussion papers, advice briefs and reports for education initiatives;
  • designing and managing project plans to deliver initiatives including coordinating logistics, communications, reporting and resourcing;
  • providing high quality advice, recommendations and information on education policy and project matters for the portfolio, University executive and faculties to address implementation challenges; and
  • acting as a cohesive link between the Education portfolio, Professional Services Units, steering committees, consultative groups and faculties.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Senior Policy and Project Officer who can demonstrate:

  • experience in managing strategic projects, especially those in policy reform, University or public sector contexts;
  • impressive ability to build effective working relationships with key staff in large, complex organisations / at all levels of the University;
  • excellent written and analytical skills including the ability to research, communicate and negotiate complex ideas and solutions with a range of stakeholders;
  • an ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking the initiative and exercising sound judgement to lead others and resolve matters that may arise as part of normal daily work.

About us

The Education portfolio supports the development and implementation of the University’s strategy and vision for teaching and learning and students’ educational experience. The portfolio contributes to institution-wide developments aimed at improving student learning, including the University’s approach to curriculum renewal, new thinking in pedagogy, learning and teaching analytics, e-learning and quality assurance for learning and teaching. Its primary functions include professional learning and support for educational excellence and innovation; academic enrichment through curricular and co-curricular programs; and strategic, policy, analytics and administrative support in implementing and monitoring the University’s vision for learning and teaching.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 261/0219F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Thursday 18 April 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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  • Tell us about your understanding and experience of policy, governance and administrative decision-making in a University context.
  • Describe your experience in managing strategic or complex projects in a University context.
  • Describe when, and how, you have built strong relationships with a range of stakeholders at different levels across the University.
  • Describe your ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement to resolve difficult or unexpected issues.