Director, Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Sydney, Australia
10 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
08 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Science

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is Australia’s premier University with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence, and employs over 7600 permanent staff supporting over 60,000 students.

The Sydney Institute of Agriculture brings together agricultural research from across the University to contribute knowledge via scientific research and outreach to the agriculture and food sector of Australia and internationally. Academic staff from across the University involved in agricultural and food research contribute to the success of the Institute.

The research structure of the institute comprises five core research themes, which are deliberately industry facing and investor focused. They are: plant breeding; carbon, water and soil; quality food; animal agriculture; and development agriculture.

We are seeking to appoint a distinguished academic as Director of the Sydney Institute of Agriculture. Reporting to the Dean, Faculty of Science, the Director will be responsible for leading, planning, setting, communicating and achieving the academic and operational vision, strategies and goals of the institute, in overall alignment with the University vision and strategy, in collaboration with the Internal Management Group. The Director will also contribute to the overall faculty strategy and goals, and is responsible for deploying and achieving the academic strategies, goals and practices at institute level. This position complies with and supports the financial strategy and objectives for the faculty. The position of Director demonstrates and enables the values of the University in relation to its people and culture and provides a safe working environment for all staff and students.

The successful applicant must have a wide network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders, that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the institute, faculty and University.

About us

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 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.

Term of the position

The directorship is available for a term of four years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal, subject to negotiation and the completion of a satisfactory probation and confirmation period for new appointees.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  For more information on the position and how to apply, visit and search by the reference number 268/0219F.

Closing date: 11.30pm (AEST) 8 May 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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