Director, MEC Programs

Melbourne, Australia
22 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
02 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Business and Economics
Department/School: Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre
Salary: Senior Manager 1
Role & Superannuation rate: Professional - Full time - 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre (MEC)

The Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre (MEC) is a University Wide initiative that is housed at the newly opened Melbourne Connect building and MEC is hosted by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

The programs operated by MEC support the creation and sustainable development of new ventures as the mechanism for turning new ideas into strong economic, social, and environmental outcomes. This is done by facilitating the establishment of new start-ups, assisting existing start-ups to scale, and stimulating innovation in research. The MEC programs support the creation and development of new ventures across the full spectrum of not-for-profit through to fully commercial for-profit ventures.

About the Role

The Director, MEC Programs will have a significant role in developing, leading, and implementing strategic initiatives for MEC. They will be responsible for providing strategic insight and high-level strategic support and advice and work closely with senior leadership in the identification of strategic imperatives and collaboration opportunities, while also managing a high-performance team in the delivery of accelerator programs.

The Director will lead a high performing team, and work with them to ensure that the organisation is equipped with the critical capabilities (people and infrastructure) to achieve its strategic goals.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Lead by example in driving an organisational culture focused on excellence, collaboration, and teamwork
  • Lead the development and implementation of the strategic plan for the design and delivery of MEC Programs and be accountable for outcomes
  • Seek external sponsorship
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the MEC programs

About You

Your strong ability to lead, motivate, influence, and engage staff to develop a high performing team environment will be essential to you in this position. You will have experience and expertise in commercialising IP across a range of disciplines and are able to work with a wide range of colleagues to conceptualise, develop and execute new offerings. Expertise in commercialising IP across a range of disciplines. Your sophisticated stakeholder management skills allow you to develop and maintain strong working relationships with external parties, such as government bodies, industry, and alumni of the University of Melbourne, or other academic institutes, having experience working with researchers or research institutes with a knowledge of research processes. You will have experience in writing successful business cases to attract external funding.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • Postgraduate qualifications in a relevant discipline and/or an equivalent combination of education and significant relevant experience
  • Demonstrated experience with enterprise incubators and accelerators
  • Extensive networks into the start-up ecosystem across Australia, including venture capital, relevant government bodies, other accelerator and incubator programs and a deep knowledge of global best practice, particularly in the operation of high performing accelerator programs
  • Demonstrated and practical innovation and entrepreneurship experience, including a track record of building successful and sustainable multi-stakeholder innovation systems

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria* (found in the Position Description) for the role.

*For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

Position Description: PD Director MEC Programs FINAL.pdf

Applications close: 02 Feb 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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