Director Government Relations

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Hawthorn, Australia
11 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
28 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Key leadership and strategic role within the Office of the Vice Chancellor
  • Full time, ongoing position at our Hawthorn campus
  • Atractive salary package and generous benefits

About the Job

Swinburne is embarking on an exciting journey, working towards our new vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Striving to create an environment that provides competitive differentiation and the ability to effectively adapt to the ever-changing world, we are seeking an exemplary leader to take on the Director of Government Relations role to lead the development of Swinburne’s government relations, strategy, develops communications and advocacy plans for specific government relations campaigns and builds and manages relationships of trust with Ministers, Members of Parliament, public officials, peak bodies, third party advocates and other policy influencers.

In this crucial role, you will:

  • Serve as the principal point of contact between the University and local, state and federal governments.
  • Serve to attract investment and foster collaborative partnerships with government, business and the key local communities Swinburne is a member of.
  • Provide regular strategic advice to the Vice-Chancellor, Chief of Staff and Executive Group on policy developments, contributes to and/or leads both proactive and reactive media statements regarding public policy and coordinates the majority of university responses to important inquiries, discussion papers and reports.

You will have experience with advising governments on policies and programs and a deep understanding of the policy environment within which Australian universities work, and the ability to capitalise on funding and other opportunities as they emerge.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a young university with a long history. As a dual-sector university of technology, born of a technical college, we are proud of Swinburne’s technology DNA, and of our national and global standing. Our contribution to Technology, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the STEM disciplines, and our track record of meaningful industry and community engagement, are natural manifestations of the legacy initiated by the vision of our founders George and Ethel Swinburne in 1902. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will also need to demonstrate the following:

  • Proven ability to understand and shape the policy environment to support the university’s government relations objectives
  • Proven high level capacity to develop strong, supportive cross-functional relationships and partnerships
  • Demonstrated high level negotiation and engagement skills, including having a consultative and collaborative style
  • Demonstrated ability to support, develop and advise team members

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Participate in regular staff and management development programs
  • Private health insurance discounts

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Employee Benefits and refer to ‘Benefits’ section.

How to apply and further information

To view the position description or to start an application please click on 'apply' or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further information about this position, contact Ny Sok (Senior Recruitment Consultant) by email:

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Diversity and Inclusion

Equity and diversity are integral to achieving our 2025 vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as:

  • Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Charter of Cultural Diversity
  • Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan
  • Swinburne LGBTIQA+ Pride, Gender Equality, Accessibility and Intergenerational inclusion strategies

For further information on all our initiatives visit our equity and diversity website. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Assistance and Support

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact Timothy Werner at

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Orders from Victoria’s Minister for Health require all Swinburne workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the Pandemic COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Specified Workers) 2021 Order (No. 1). All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

Applications close at 5 pm, Friday 28 January 2022

(Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position)

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