Brisbane, Australia
31 May 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International)

Division of International

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.

Our internationally award-winning Science and Engineering Centre is home to The Cube, acknowledged as one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces. QUT established the world's first Creative Industries Faculty, and we invest heavily in collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research environments.

Further information about QUT can be obtained from the website at

Our Vision

The QUT Blueprint 5 is our institutional strategic plan. It sets out priorities, strategies and key performance indicators to drive greater coherence and coordination of our efforts. Our overall vision for the future is:

  • to provide outstanding real world education through physical and virtual learning environments and innovative courses that lead to excellent outcomes for graduates living in a diverse and complex environment characterised by rapid, transformative change;
  • to focus on being a globally leading university that delivers solutions to the challenges of today and of the future through high-impact research that spans discipline boundaries and works in partnership with end users, leveraging our deep technological strengths and alignment to the human capital and innovation needs of the global economy;
  • to strengthen and extend partnerships with professional and broader communities to build our reputation as a source of knowledge that is applied to real world challenges.

About the Division

The Division of International leads QUT’s international outreach. The Division plays a pivotal role in generating and disseminating QUT’s international engagement.

The Division comprises the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International), International Strategy Unit, International Student Services, QUT International College, QUT International, Confucius Institute and QUT Precincts.

The Division works closely with all faculties and divisions to continue to develop a diverse and sustainable international student cohort from pathway programs through to the postgraduate level. The Division works collaboratively with faculties, institutes and divisions to engage in mutually beneficial international partnerships with universities and industry.

About the Position

The Director, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International) provides policy and strategic advice to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International) (DVC & VP (International)) to enhance and facilitate the achievement of the Division of International objectives and ensure the efficient day-to-day management of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International).

The Director provides high-level support to the DVC & VP (International), represents the Division as appropriate, progresses actions and monitors projects initiated by or designated to the Division of International.

Externally the Director liaise with consultants, managers from business, industry, higher education institutions and Commonwealth and State Government departments as required.

The Director reports to the DVC & VP (International) for supervision, workload management and for Performance, Planning and Review (PPR). The Director is a member of the Divisional Executive.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide policy and strategic advice to the DVC & VP (International) and Divisional Executive to support the management of the Division of International’s assigned portfolio.
  • Gather, interpret and communicate relevant information and professional advice to the DVC & VP (International) in order to provide recommendations and facilitate decision-making.
  • Coordinate resource allocations to align with priorities across the Division including supervision of staff within the Office of the DVC & VP (International).
  • Contribute to policy development by researching and analysing issues, consulting with staff and reviewing and drafting correspondence and policy statements.
  • Research, write and edit correspondence, presentations, submissions, speeches, discussion papers, strategic plans, and non-routine correspondence, on behalf of and/or in conjunction with the DVC & VP (International).
  • Act in an executive and high-level support capacity to working parties, committees and policy groups.
  • Represent the DVC & VP (International) at meetings, forums and committees as required.
  • Liaise with and maintain a network of internal and external University contacts, proactively communicating the DVC & VP (International)’s views and policy directions, negotiating on behalf of the DVC & VP (International) and providing advice and information to ensure that Office business is conducted smoothly and efficiently.
  • Promote an organisational culture that values mutual respect and diversity at all levels across the University.
  • Implement continuous improvement, quality assurance and risk management activities.
  • Compliance with health and safety policies, procedures, hazard reporting and safe work 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 (intra and inter-disciplinary)
  • Cultural inclusion
  • Digital literacy
  • Future-focused thinking (strategic, innovative & design and entrepreneurial)
  • 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 five (5) years.


Gardens Point campus.

Selection Criteria

  1. Postgraduate qualifications in a relevant area, or an equivalent combination of tertiary education and relevant experience.
  2. Proven high-level research and analytical skills for investigating issues and interpreting trends, policies and practices.
  3. Highly developed written communication skills with demonstrated ability to prepare a range of complex documents, presentations, submissions, reports and communications.
  4. Highly developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to effectively negotiate with and influence a range of stakeholders in a complex environment to achieve business outcomes while also demonstrating respect for sensitivity and confidentiality of issues.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the Higher Education sector in Australia, the international perspective and related public policy matters.
  6. Proven effective leadership and management skills that drive team work, high performance and excellence in service provision.

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 including 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.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Scott Sheppard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice- President (International) on (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

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

Applications close 30 June 2019