Pro Vice-Chancellor, Vocational Education and Training

Darwin, Australia
09 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
09 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Exciting strategic and leadership challenge
  • Tropical Darwin based role

Set in a country that is home to the world’s oldest living culture, Charles Darwin University (CDU) is geographically closer to seven major Asian cities than to any Australian capital. No other single Australian university serves such a large area of the continent, in such a remote location and with such a small population to sustain it. A vibrant dual sector university, CDU comprises multiple campuses and centres, with vocational training delivered across more than 100 urban, regional and remote locations. The circa 10,000 students study a comprehensive range of certificate and diploma qualifications.

Reporting to the Provost and working as a member of the Executive Leadership and Senior Management Groups, the PVC VET provides strategic leadership and management of the University’s VET activities, including CDU’s VET contracts with the Northern Territory Government, and high-level stakeholder engagement with government, industry and other key stakeholders. The PVC VET will strengthen industry partnerships and set an innovative agenda, leading the way with compelling opportunities for local and international fee-for-service business and curriculum development that ensures high quality course offerings. Effectively managing commercial sustainability of processes and programs, the position oversees compliance with national VET quality standards.

This outstanding opportunity will suit an education leader with demonstrated vocational education experience in managing complex programs of work involving human, financial and material resources. The appointment requires a strategic orientation and capability, a commercial and pragmatic approach, and a proactive, outcomes focus, including the ability to prioritise workloads.  With proven senior leadership and management credentials honed in a large, complex, organisation, candidates will need sound analytical and judgement skills; highly developed influencing, negotiation and communication skills; and recognised relationship building and management capabilities.

For all confidential enquiries please contact Paul Hill at Odgers Berndtson, T: +61 407 766 756 or E:

How to apply: For a copy of the Candidate Information Book and to submit your application please visit

Closing date: Wednesday 12 August 2020 at midnight AEST.