Chief Operating Officer

Sydney, Australia
19 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Be valued for your exceptional leadership skills
  • Located on the Camperdown/ Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, fixed term until December 31, 2022 with a competitive remuneration package

About the opportunity 

The United States Studies Centre is looking for a highly motivated Chief Operating Officer (COO) to join the team as an integral member of the senior management team. In this role, you will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide  administrative and academic leadership support to ensure that the Centre’s operational and financial performance is effective and aligned with it’s strategic direction.

To outperform in this role, you will demonstrate high-level leadership capabilities that will (1) demonstrate resilience in working with complex delivery challenges, (2) possess a continuous improvement mindset and (3) have the agility to work with a multitude of stakeholders including government, industry, academia and students.

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 a Chief Operating Officer who demonstrates:

  • a sound understanding of the regulatory and administrative requirements of the Australian higher education sector
  • leadership, people management and mentorship skills
  • business and commercial acumen and
  • administrative, accounting and strategic financial planning skills.

About us

In its short history, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has established itself as an internationally recognised authority on American studies outside of the United States. Spanning the study of politics and policy, economics and business, culture and society, the Centre fulfils its mission through education, research, public outreach, and policy development initiatives.

The Centre has a well-respected national reputation in large part because of its high research profile, extensive events program and comprehensive online presence generated from its research activities.

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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 1343/1120F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Friday 18 December 2020

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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