Executive Director, QUT International

Brisbane, Australia
10 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About QUT

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a ‘real world’ focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. Our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five of these awarded in the past six years.

We are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world. We are transforming the student experience we offer our 50,000 students and we place a premium on the international and national accreditation of our various professional degrees.

Further information about QUT can be obtained from the website at www.qut.edu.au.

The QUT Blueprint 5 is our institutional strategic plan. It identifies major priorities, articulates broad strategies, and drives greater coherence and coordination of our efforts. 

Our overall vision for the future is:

  • to provide outstanding learning environments and programs that lead to excellent outcomes for graduates, enabling them to work in and guide a diverse and complex world characterised by increasing change
  • to undertake high-impact research and development in selected areas, at the highest international standards, reinforcing our applied emphasis and securing significant commercial and practical benefits for the community and for our partners
  • to strengthen and extend our strategic partnerships with professional and broader communities to reflect both our academic ambitions and our civic responsibility.

About the division

The Division of International leads QUT’s international outreach.

QUT International works with all faculties and divisions in order to continue to develop a diverse and sustainable international cohort at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. QUT International leads marketing and recruitment activity, market development, manages protocol and incoming visits including visits from study abroad and exchange students, manages relationships with agents and monitors their contracts, and serves as the central point for the establishment and management of the University’s international relations as expressed in various memoranda of understanding/agreements.

QUT International College provides high quality pathway options for International students to progress to QUT award programs.

QUT Precincts, the Gardens Cultural Precinct and the Creative Industries Precinct, provide a unique opportunity for QUT to engage with the community. These sites of activity offer the opportunity of effecting a community interface on campus with international communities in innovative ways, including through shared installations and partnerships as well as hosting events, exhibitions and performances that extend and enhance engagement with other cultures.

QUT International leads QUT’s international engagement and strategic positioning. This is achieved, in part, through strengthening QUT’s ‘real world’ positioning in teaching and research by seeking and servicing international, local and internal partnerships. The office also conducts appropriate marketing, research, promotions, and communications activities for the purposes of recruitment.

About the position

Located within the Division of International, the position of Executive Director, QUT International provides strategic leadership and management of QUT International and its key functions including market and business development, international policy development and market research and oversees marketing and recruitment for the University.

QUT International is a high performing business unit that develops and maintains extensive positive relationships, both within QUT and externally, to take forward QUT’s international strategic intent. The Executive Director, QUT International is a key senior role that leads and influences both the business and the strategy of QUT’s international agenda.

The Executive Director, QUT International is one of six senior staff reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International). The position collaborates with senior staff within the University and develops and maintains strategic external relationships with key organisations including:

  • Department of Education;
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and in particular Austrade;
  • Universities Australia;
  • Department of Home Affairs (DHA);
  • QS Enrolment Solutions (QUT Direct);
  • State and Federal agencies;
  • International institutional partners responsible for the delivery of
  • Others as directed.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director (QUT International) are:

  • Director, International Recruitment;
  • Director, QUT Global; and
  • Personal Assistant.

This position reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International) for supervision, workload management and for Performance Planning and Review (PPR).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide strategic leadership to QUT International and ensure that appropriate systems are identified, developed and implemented to support the objectives of the University including financial, physical and technological requirements.
  • Ensure business risks are identified and managed through effective risk management strategies and that recruitment and international programs are consistent with the principles and values of QUT.
  • Lead and manage the Office of QUT International including planning, budgeting, human resource management and development of the work area.
  • Consult and communicate with staff to develop objectives and strategies for QUT International and exercise conflict management and negotiation skills.
  • Implement QUT’s strategic direction in international, including positioning and profiling of the University, international recruitment and marketing and the coordination of international activity in consultation with the University community.
  • Collaborate with senior staff and provide policy direction and advice to ensure the University maintains a progressive policy context for international activities in a complex and challenging environment.
  • Oversee the development and review of the University’s International plan, connect with relevant aims in the University’s Blueprint and operationalise these via the annual International Engagement and Recruitment Plan.
  • Strengthen and build on QUT’s profile in the international environment by fostering relationships, strategic alliances and, where appropriate, joint ventures aimed at enhancing QUT’s international position.
  • Enhance student and staff exchanges, placements and study abroad experiences as a key priority for QUT International, particularly fostering outgoing activity to the Asian region.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, ensure QUT International activities are integrated with relevant areas of QUT and work across the University in a coordinated and collegiate manner.
  • Develop and maintain strategic external relationships with key organisations such as DFAT, IDP, DHA and the Queensland Government.
  • Allocate resources and manage QUT International’s annual budget and make decisions on relevant operational matters pertaining to the Office.
  • Implement and administer University policy with respect to equitable access to education and commitment to health, safety and environmental principles and practices.

Real World Capabilities

To deliver on QUT’s global, collaborative and connected vision requires a workforce that embodies the following capabilities:

  • Agility and openness to change
  • Connectivity and collaboration
  • Cultural inclusion
  • Digital literacy
  • Future-focused thinking
  • Global in intent and reach
  • Leadership of strategy, action and others
  • Performance and resource management.

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on a fixed-term, full-time basis for a renewable period of five (5) years.


Gardens Point campus.

Selection criteria

  1. Education or a combination of education and work experience equivalent to completion of a postgraduate degree with substantial work experience necessary to manage the complex set of activities undertaken by QUT International.
  2. Demonstrated ability to manage a complex business unit and build, lead, motivate and manage a diverse and effective team to achieve positive outcomes.
  3. Demonstrated strategic leadership with a proven record of innovation and demonstrated ability to represent the University in international contexts.
  4. Highly developed communication, negotiation and influencing skills with demonstrated ability to collaborate with stakeholders, evaluate information and implement decisions while considering cultural sensitivities to enable the effective operation of QUT International.
  5. High level written communication skills with demonstrated ability to prepare complex proposals, agreements, submissions and reports and deliver professional presentations to a range of audiences.
  6. Sound knowledge of equal employment opportunity and equity principles and workplace health and safety principles with a demonstrated ability to implement these principles at a strategic and operational level.


  1. Experience in the tertiary education sector, preferably in a role featuring international activities.
  2. Proficiency in a second language.

Remuneration and benefits

An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible benefits. With competitive remuneration and 17% superannuation, the University offers real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high-quality and flexible organisation that is proud of its excellent employment conditions, which include but are not limited to:

  • parental leave provisions
  • study support encompassing leave and financial assistance
  • comprehensive professional development
  • salary packaging.

Further benefits can be found at the Working at QUT page.

Information for applicants

The position is open to applicants who have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of the fixed-term appointment. Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Applicants who reach the final stage of the selection process will be expected to undergo a check of their criminal history. Those matters which do not have an impact on the inherent requirements of the position will not be taken into consideration. Applicants will be provided with an opportunity to discuss the outcome of the check before a decision on appointment is made.

Delegations for authority for this position are available at: http://www.mopp.qut.edu. au/Appendix/appendix03.jsp

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Scott Sheppard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International) (07) 3138 2747; or for further information about working at QUT contact Jenny Browne, Senior HR Partner on (07) 3138 0750.

QUT is proud to be an inaugural Athena SWAN charter member. We have extensive and established support programs for women in STEMM. For more information on the Athena SWAN charter, contact Smitha Mandre-Jackson on (07) 3138 0074 or Tracy Straughan (07) 3138 1584.

How to apply

For further information and to apply, please visit www.qut.edu.au/jobs for reference number 19301.

When applying for this position we encourage you to upload your response to the selection criteria.

Applications close 30 April 2019