Executive Officer

Sydney, Australia
09 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
21 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Provide high level strategic advice and operational support on the general management and delivery of core research, academic and education services
  • Located at the University of Sydney Law School, Camperdown Campus
  • Continuing role, remuneration package commencing at $124,493 p.a which includes leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

Reporting to the General Manager, you will provide high level strategic advice and operational support to the Sydney Law School Executive on the general management and delivery of core research, academic and education services to achieve the Law School mission and objectives. You will deliver sound expert advice and input into the development of strategy, policy and planning for the Sydney Law School and coordinate the implementation of operational plans and policy, ensuring compliance with University research, student, ethics and external legislative/regulatory policies and procedures.

You will also provide effective general management of operational and administrative systems, processes and programs to meet these requirements in alignment with University research, student, human resources policies and practices, and legislative/regulatory requirements, and ensures a safe working environment for all staff and students.

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 an Executive Officer who possesses:

  • Extensive experience of providing high quality support and advice to senior executives in a large organisation, including reviewing, interpreting and drafting policy and procedures, ensuring compliance, and implementing local procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to translate and implement strategic changes into local operational practices that enhance the work area’s administrative function
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to communicate complex information with a variety of audiences and contexts
  • Excellent negotiation, conflict resolution, relationship building and influencing skills together with high level of tact, diplomacy and discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality
  • High level computer skills, including advanced use of Excel and Word, use of various systems including Records Management, Content Management, Customer Management, and Learning Management Systems

About us

Sydney Law School is one of the world’s leading law schools, ranked 12th in the QS World Universities Rankings for the discipline of law. Sydney Law School is an international leader in legal research, led by globally recognised legal educators, world renowned researchers and highly respected professional practitioners and adjunct faculty. Sydney Law School’s research is recognised as ‘well above world standard’ by the Australian Research Council in the Excellence in Research for Australia 2015 (ERA) exercise. We have a reputation for excellence built over more than 150 years of teaching and research. We count among our alumni six Prime Ministers of Australia and four Chief Justices of the High Court of Australia. Sydney was the first Australian law school to admit women, and three of the four female high court judges in Australia graduated from Sydney Law School.

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 sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 1447/0719C to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm Wednesday 21 August 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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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


  • Describe your experience in providing strategic planning policy advice and support, highlighting the role you played and team in which you worked.
  • Describe your experience in presenting a clear and convincing summary or set of recommendations following an undertaking of research, analysis and interpretation of complex information.
  • Provide an example where you have translated and implemented strategic change into a local operational practice that enhanced the work area’s administration function.
  • Provide an example which demonstrates your experience in supporting innovation, improving processes and implementing new systems and technologies

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