Chief Operating Officer, The Australian National University

Canberra, Australia
12 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
12 May 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Australian National University (ANU) is unique in Australia: created by the Commonwealth in 1946 to undertake research and education of the highest quality, and to take its place among the world’s greatest universities.

To achieve this, we have committed to investing in, and insisting on, excellence in every part of our organisation, including the broad portfolio of professional services that underpin the University. To take responsibility for delivering excellence in these services, the ANU is seeking a new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and President, Nobel Laureate Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC, the COO is both a senior member of the University Executive, and a key adviser to the Vice-Chancellor on a wide range of strategic and operational matters.

The COO and Service Divisions work in partnership with the academic community, ensuring the University’s strategic resources and professional services complement and enable the academic mission and culture of ANU. The COO leads and manages a broad portfolio of activities, including Human Resources, Finance, Facilities and Services, Information Services, Planning and Performance Measurement, ANU Libraries, Legal Services, Service Improvement, and related activities.

In addition to extensive senior leadership experience in a comparable position, coupled with relevant qualifications, a successful COO will require exceptionally sophisticated judgement and the ability to operate strategically in a complex environment. Equally critical will be the ability to lead cross-institutional teams to achieve outcomes that cover infrastructure, systems and strategy, and the experience and seniority to act as a partner to our leading academics, professional staff, political stakeholders and members of our community.

If your skills, background and experiences equip you for the challenge of senior leadership in one of the world’s top 25 universities, we look forward to hearing from you.

For a confidential discussion or to request the information booklet, please contact Janine Fitzgerald on +61 424 164 765 or at or Kate Robinson on +61 409 769 560 or at  quoting reference RF0042.

Applications can be sent to either of the above email addresses and will close on May 12, 2019.

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