Director, University Research Office

  • Lead the research office in its work to inform, and achieve, AUT's research vision and strategy
  • Partner, collaborate and influence to strengthen research infrastructure and performance
  • Permanent full-time role based at AUT's City Campus

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is vibrant, achievement-oriented and a rewarding place to work. As one of the world's top 30 young universities we're poised for the next stage of development. We have achieved many of our goals and are now well known for the quality of our learning and teaching, our focus on strengthening access and success for diverse populations, and our strong connections and partnerships with industry and community.  We have also grown our reputation as an institution for high quality research and have huge potential and capability, however as New Zealand's newest university our research still has much more to achieve, and contribute.

The Role

As Director of the University Research Office, this is a hugely exciting opportunity to bring your relational leadership and research systems expertise to play a major role in the next steps of delivering on our aspirations to grow the quality of our research, extend the proportion of academic staff engaged in research, and grow our external research income. This appointment will provide professional leadership to ensure progression towards, and attainment of, key goals relating to the University's mission to promote excellent research that inspires curiosity, advances knowledge and benefits communities.

One key outcome for the AUT Research Office is to build our external research revenue in the short, medium and long term from government funders, industry and international funders. To achieve our ambition requires careful planning, action and investment that steps us from where we currently are, to where we want to be, and you will have an opportunity to co-design these actions with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research (DVC-R, academic leader of AUT's research) and the university's senior executive.  

The role will have oversight of critical portfolios with an emphasis on supporting our faculties in developing research and researchers, and leading our research management, research performance and future-focused planning.

You will:

  • join a well-established team of highly experienced research management staff who are looking forward to welcoming an authentic and relationship-focussed leader to advance the work of the team and the success of research at AUT. You will lead a team of up to 10 committed and hard-working direct (and indirect) reports.
  • join the University at a time with significant opportunity to influence our future with a more connected research system with both the Ethics office (AUTEC) and the Graduate Research School joining the DVC-R portfolio (the AUT Research Office Director role is not responsible for these areas but will work closely alongside with them).
  • have the support of a highly functional and connected group of associate deans of research in our faculties who are on board for the goals of the research plan, the need for connection and collaboration, transparency and a strong interface between the central Research Office and faculties.
  • be able to draw on the findings and recommendations of a current cross-university working group established by the DVC-R to explore capability and/or capacity gaps in our research ecosystem with some investment being ring-fenced to deliver on those priorities in 2022.
  • identify and support opportunities for partnership between the AUT Research Office and faculty staff in professional domains and academic

Specific deliverables will be developed and articulated in consultation with the appointee.  Please refer to the position description for further details.

What kind of person are we looking for?

We ask you to bring sound leadership and management expertise, at all times a focus on principled behaviour, clarity and transparency, and ensuring the most simple and transparent processes possible are in place to achieve the research outcomes we aspire to.  You will bring a fiscally astute approach to managing priorities within the tertiary context that you will understand and have experience of managing. A constant quality improvement mindset is key.

Applications and Key Selection Criteria

Please submit your CV, cover letter and a statement addressing how you meet the following key selection criteria:

  1. A strong understanding and experience of, and passion for, research management within the tertiary sector in New Zealand.
  2. A proven record of capability and expertise in fostering, partnering and contracting for research success, performance/system evaluation.
  3. Comprehensive people leadership experience, including managing staff and developing a team.
  4. A highly principled approach to relationship building, problem solving, goal prioritisation and goal attainment, and transparency in decision making.
  5. Sound fiscal understanding and budget management capability.
  6. A sound understanding of Te Tiriti and Mātauranga Māori.
  7. A postgraduate research or other directly relevant degree, or equivalent. A doctorate is desirable but not essential.
  8. Applicants are welcome to add further comments of their own, including any they feel of relevance to the person specifications outlined on p 6&7 in the position description.

Further Information:

  • Start Date: March-April 2022

Applications close: Sunday 16 January 2022 at 11:55pm. Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 31 January 2022.

AUT will require the successful applicant to provide proof of full COVID vaccination prior to commencement of employment.

At AUT we strive to be a place where people love to work and learn. We are committed to inclusivity and the Treaty of Waitangi and aspire to be the University of choice for Māori and Pacific communities. We welcome people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic situations and accessibility needs.

Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online application process. For further information, please send us an enquiry here or call 921 9499. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email. You will need to apply through the standard registration process.

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