Head of Government Relations

Brisbane, Australia
10 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Mar 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable.

We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We're proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

The opportunity

Griffith University is recruiting for the position of Head of Government Relations. As a key strategic position in the Office of the Vice Chancellor, this role will deliver end-to-end Government relations management at a local, state and federal level. The successful applicant will lead the establishment and development of the University's Government engagement strategy and framework, which will strategically guide the University's relationships with senior public officials and political representatives.

You will foster proactive relationships with key stakeholders, both internally and externally at governmental, departmental and sectoral level. Equally, you will be responsible for the proactive and effective communication to senior University officers regarding political developments impacting the Higher Education sector.

This is a fixed term (three years), full time position primarily based at the Nathan campus, however regular travel between campuses will be required. Some interstate travel will also be required, including to Canberra.

About you

This position is well-suited to a strategic leader with expert understanding of governments, political systems and policy developments in the higher education sector. Your ability to communicate with influence and build a strong network of productive relationships with University stakeholders, external authorities and across the parliamentary spectrum will be critical to your success in this position.

Previous experience in undertaking complex research, data collection and analysis to inform strategic responses to government policy is also essential. You will enjoy the challenge of operating in a complex stakeholder landscape and will thus thrive in an environment where both autonomous and collaborative work is critical to achieving outcomes.

How to apply

Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • Statement addressing each of the selection criteria in the position description
  • One page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include:
      • Full name, address, telephone number and email address;
      • Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
      • Employment history, including present position;
      • Name and contact details of three referees.

Obtain the position description by clicking on the apply button. You will be redirected to the Griffith University job search page where you will be able to access the position description.

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Successful candidates may be subject to a criminal history check.

What we offer

Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, you will join a University that spans six campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 200,000 graduates extends around the world.

At Griffith, we've worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people. In return, our people are leading examples of the principles and values that the University stand for.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information

For further information about this role, please contact Ms Caroline Dunne, Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor on +61 (0) 7 5552 8904.

For application queries, please contact Ms Jacquii Nicholls, Senior HR Adviser on +61 (0) 7 3735 3998.

Closing date: Monday, 30 March 2020 at 5 pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

Please note: We do not accept unsolicited CV's from Recruitment agencies / third parties and we will not be liable or responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CV's sent directly to Line Managers.