Director of University Libraries

Sydney, Australia
20 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
21 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Join a progressive and highly regarded institution
  • Head an experienced and supportive leadership team
  • Full-time, 5 year fixed term, attractive salary and 17% employer superannuation contribution

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is one of Australia’s leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Australia’s oldest university, it has an outstanding reputation as a place of education for all and leadership that improves lives in all the communities it serves.

Established in 1852 and now spanning 12 locations, The University of Sydney libraries play a crucial role in supporting, advancing and promoting cutting-edge discoveries in research and high quality, innovative learning and teaching. The new Director of University Libraries will continue to drive the evolution of a bold, agile and contemporary library by catering to the changing needs of the community through the adoption of emerging technologies, new service models and multi-purpose spaces.

About you

A nationally visible leader and advocate, the Director will bring passion and a clear vision for leading-edge libraries positioned at the academic and cultural heart of a university, embracing digital innovations to deliver customer-centric services of the highest quality. Demonstrating an excellent understanding of the scholarly library context on the international stage, the Director will be a proven senior strategic leader and manager, with experience in implementing significant organisational and cultural change. With excellent interpersonal skills, s/he will have the ability to build effective collaborative relationships and engage diverse stakeholder groups in a complex environment and during a time of rapid transformation.

About us

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 

To learn more about this unique opportunity please contact our advising consultants Alun Parry and Kirsten Ludlow at Boyden on +61 (2) 9225 7400 or

Job reference no: 1940/0919F

Closing date: 21 October, 2019

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position.