Director, Modern Slavery Team

Sydney, Australia
21 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
26 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Unique senior leadership opportunity at the University of Sydney
  • Located on the University's Camperdown/Darlington Campus
  • Fixed-term role for 3 years on a full-time basis, with competitive remuneration and generous employer's contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney is Australia's first University and one of the world's leading comprehensive research and teaching universities - ranked 1st in Australia and 2nd in the world for impact and 4th in the world for graduate employability. We are a values-driven institution with a commitment to education for all and positive impact on and leadership in the communities we serve.

Modern slavery is a serious violation of an individual's dignity and human rights. Exploitative practices, including human trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced labour, debt bondage and forced marriage, are all considered modern slavery and are serious crimes under Australian law. The University is committed to protecting human rights and recognises modern slavery is never acceptable in any of its forms. We are implementing a University-wide approach to identify and address modern slavery risks across our supply chain, operations and investments. Our inaugural Modern Slavery Statement outlines the foundational steps we have taken to identify key risks and prioritise those for risk-based due diligence and preventative action.

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding senior professional with experience in applying human rights principles in a complex organisational context as the Director, Modern Slavery Team. Reporting to the Executive Director, Office of Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Director is accountable for leading and managing the Modern Slavery Team which is responsible for:

  • collaboratively developing the University's strategic response to addressing modern slavery risks, and other human rights risks
  • driving engagement with key stakeholders across the University's operations, supply chains and investments, and controlled, and affiliated entities
  • ensuring the University meets its modern slavery reporting obligations, community expectations, and the University's broader strategic agenda
  • developing the capability of staff across the University's operations to identify, mitigate and manage modern slavery risks
  • developing policy, procedures and implementing risk assessments and risk identification methodologies

The Director, Modern Slavery Team is responsible for operationalising, implementing, and managing decisions and ensuring that the University is able to meet its reporting obligations under the Modern Slavery Act. The Director is also responsible for preparing the University's annual modern slavery statement and securing the appropriate approvals from the University Executive and the University Senate.

About you

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to collaborate with and influence executive-level stakeholders and to effectively lead and manage a strategic program across a complex organisation. With knowledge of the higher education sector, you will possess personal attributes of openness, commitment to quality, and a high level of initiative. The role requires demonstrated experience identifying and mitigating operational, strategic, and reputational risks related to modern slavery and other human rights risks, across complex operational settings and in a diverse and complex stakeholder context. You will have demonstrated experience in applying human rights principles in a complex organisational context in line with recognised standards and guidelines such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, together with experience providing expert, strategic evidence-based advice to senior executive staff, on highly complex issues, to support informed decision making, policy development and pragmatic policy and operational solutions.

The successful candidate will possess relevant tertiary qualifications in a relevant field such as public policy, international development, human rights, business, management, social sciences and/or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience. Postgraduate qualifications will be highly regarded. You will have proven management experience at a senior level; together with flexibility, capacity to adapt to changing circumstances and environments and, when necessary, navigating through ambiguity.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a 3-year fixed-term appointment, subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. The successful candidate will also be offered an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter and CV) must be submitted via the University's careers site. Visit and search by reference 0088219 for more information and to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Closing time: 11:59 pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 26 January 2021