Director and CEO Australia India Institute

Melbourne, Australia
22 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Vice-Chancellor's Office
Department/School: International
Salary: an attractive remuneration package is negotiable
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 17% super

About the Australia-India Institute

The Australia-India Institute (Aii) was founded at the University of Melbourne in 2008, in order to “provide leadership in enhancing Australia-India relations”. The Aii has made important contributions to national life and bilateral relations in over a decade of operations, convening leadership dialogues, workshops, seminars and discussions, producing public research and working closely with government on projects promoting bilateral relations and mutual understanding. The development of the New Generation Scholars Network has developed a nation-wide program of post-doctoral scholarships at universities across Australia, helping to boost Australia’s expertise on India.

About the role

The Director is expected to lead on increasing the policy and public salience of India as a crucial partner in Australia’s future, and of Australia as a crucial partner in India’s future; and providing thought-leadership on the nature of a closer and mutually-beneficial partnership. Demonstrating a track record of deep engagement in Australia-India relations, we are seeking someone with a highly collaborative style, drawing on the University of Melbourne’s India expertise, India expertise in other universities and sectors, and networks and relationships with leaders in academia, government, non-government organisations, industry and business, to enrich public awareness and discussion of Australia’s and India’s importance to each other.

The Director will be responsible for the operational management of the Institute and must play a leading role in determining the strategic direction of the Institute through the development of a strategic plan and annual program of activities. 

One of the key responsibilities of this role will be to raise additional funding to ensure the operational continuity of the Institute through research contracts and consultancies and philanthropic, corporate and private support.

About you

A PhD or significant leadership experience in a field relevant to Australia-India relations, such as international relations, trade, investment and development is essential for success in this role.  A strong international research track record and reputation in a field relevant to Australia-India relations or an international reputation as a public intellectual with expertise in India-related matters or Australia-India relations will also be required.


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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How to apply

The Insight Group is managing this recruitment on behalf of the University. Please direct your application to Your application submitted should include a CV along with your responses against the selection criteria* found in the Position Description for the role.

For enquiries, please contact:

Dr Rohan Carr or Ms Emily Witts on ph: +61 3 9654 3288 or email:

Direct applications will be forwarded to The Insight Group.


The University is a vibrant campus. We have well-established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

Position Description

Applications close: 23 Nov 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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