School Manager

Canberra, Australia
19 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
17 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Senior Manager Level 1 (Administration)
Salary package: $118,003 - $123,640 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Continuing

  • Join a diverse astronomy and space community working in research, education, technology, and outreach
  • Provide operational leadership in the day to day running of the School
  • Advise on the strategic direction of the School as a member of the School Executive
  • Take your career in exciting and rewarding directions, with variety and opportunities to develop
  • Join a flexible work environment, with an attractive remuneration package

Position overview

The Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) is the leading research school in Australia in the field of astronomy and astrophysics, and has been ranked in the top-10 in the world in space science. The School is located a 20-minute drive from the main Acton campus of ANU and the centre of Canberra, Australia‚Äôs capital city. We also operate Australia's premier optical and infrared astronomical observatory, Siding Spring Observatory (SSO), located on the edge of the Warrumbungles National Park near Coonabarabran, NSW.

The School Manager is responsible for the provision of strategic advice to the Director and leads the School's administration team. This team is responsible for ensuring high-level support to all staff, students, and visitors in relation to finance, student administration, human resources, marketing and communications, engagement with government, and business and community sector stakeholders. The position contributes significantly to College and University level planning and works in partnership with colleagues in College functional areas to achieve administrative goals.

To excel in this role, you will have extensive demonstrated experience in management and a track record in the supervision of staff, along with the capacity to build and lead teams. Your ability to lead by example, coupled with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, will enable you to foster respectful and productive working relationships with staff, students, and colleagues at all levels in line with the RSAA Values Statement.

Working at ANU will give you the opportunity to challenge yourself, build on your skills, and make a significant contribution to a workplace filled with energetic and inspiring people.

ANU offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation and salary-packaging arrangements.

The Australian National University is a world-leading institution and provides a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs to support staff in maintaining a healthy work/life balance whilst encouraging success in reaching their full career potential. For more information, please click here.

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For further enquiries, please contact the RSAA Director, Prof. Matthew Colless, on E: or T: 02 6125 0266

Position Description: Download FilePD and PEWER - School Manager SM1.pdf

Closing Date: 17 February 2022

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

In order to apply for this role, please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A two-page expression of interest addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) including the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). 

Applications that do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate must have rights to live and work in Australia and will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results. 

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