Associate Director, Workforce and Communications

Sydney, Australia
09 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Develop your leadership skills in a diverse working environment
  • Located at Camperdown/ Darlington Campus  
  • 12 months fixed term with possibility to extend, base salary of $121K p.a. plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Associate Director, Workforce and Communications will support the development and maintenance of the Library’s workforce planning frameworks, and the frameworks for communications across the University and to external stakeholders both nationally and internationally.  This is a senior professional role working closely with the Library Executive to ensure that the Library is positioned and enabled to deliver its strategic and operational functions.

The incumbent will play a crucial role in ensuring robust support of workforce planning, as well as shaping engagement both internally and externally for the Library.

The incumbent will motivate and manage specialist professional staff to ensure their operational objectives are met in a consistent manner.  A key element of the position is to contribute to strategic discussions and the development of plans within the Library, the wider University and, where applicable, with external partners. 

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 Associate Director, Workforce and Communications who demonstrates:

  • highly developed leadership skills displaying flexibility and openness with the ability to use appropriate interpersonal styles and communication methods to develop team spirit, intra-team cooperation and accomplishment of team and Library goals
  • experience in long term planning and management of teams and resources, including a demonstrated commitment to staff development and achievement of results in line with strategic goals
  • experience in managing stakeholder relationships including partnership development and donor engagement gained in a large, complex organisation
  • high degree of commercial awareness including the ability to manage budgets and deliver projects within financial constraints
  • ability to develop ideas and solutions with internal and external clients, displaying a thorough understanding of clients' and business needs
  • excellent, demonstrable communication skills across a diverse range of activity, including writing and editing for staff publications, presenting to large groups, facilitating organisational development activities, leading negotiations, creating and managing social media posts, creating and editing marketing copy
  • ability to demonstrate a proactive, positive approach, working on your own initiative to set and achieve challenging goals with the persistence to overcome obstacles
  • evidence of investigations and exploitation of new technologies and best technology practices both within and outside the University and improved team and departmental capability and/or reduced costs

About us

The University of Sydney Library offers a wide range of high-quality information services to University students, staff and the community to support their learning, teaching, research and scholarship endeavours. The Library supports the University to achieve its internationally recognised research and scholarship profile by providing access to high quality print and electronic information resources and information management services. Library staff work in partnership with the academic community to provide convenient access to high quality information resources and to promote University of Sydney research to the world through its e-Scholarship initiatives. Library environments provide highly valued technology, enriching learning spaces and 24/7 access across a number of spaces.

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 position description 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 and search by the reference number 2067/0919F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 20 October 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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