Director, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens

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Sydney, Australia
Attractive remuneration package
04 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior academic who is a leading authority within their discipline
  • Located in Camperdown Campus, Sydney
  • Full-time continuing position with an attractive remuneration package

About the opportunity

Operating from within the new School of Humanities and a key stakeholder of new Vere Gordon Childe Centre, the Director, AAIA is responsible for:

  • Leading, managing and delivering a coherent and focused research strategy
  • Building a collaborative environment that effectively engages members of the academic community across the Institution and beyond
  • Facilitating and promoting external engagement of its activities; contributes to related disciplinary research and teaching strategy and delivery
  • Maintaining alignment with Faculty objectives, University policies and external standards.

The Director leads the AAIA's research, impact and outreach and engagement strategy, its performance outcomes, and its workplace culture. It contributes to the School and Faculty leadership team's strategies and operational plans and is responsible for implementing these. They will supervise current AAIA staff, mentor related academic staff and contribute to development and management processes and practice in compliance with University systems, practices, and processes.

This position complies with and supports the financial strategy and objectives for the Faculty. The Director demonstrates and enables the values of the University in relation to its people and culture and provides a safe working environment for all staff and students.

About you

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a scholar of high international standing within the disciplines of archaeology and/or Classics and Ancient History, with a portfolio of outputs and record of research grant funding that reflects that standing. You will have significant experience of academic leadership through e.g. building research teams, leading international fieldwork or related projects, and/or within institutional settings, and be able to demonstrate the impact of your work.
  • Develop strategies to encourage further development of research, by developing funding through established schemes and significant events, showcasing current research and encouraging future research collaborations for the AAIA.
  • Provide leadership in their academic field of endeavour, working with relevant discipline leads, Heads of School and Associate Deans as required to ensure that AAIA activities are aligned with and support discipline, School and Faculty research and teaching strategies.
  • Work closely with related disciplines, School, Faculty and the Office of Global Engagement in implementing external engagement strategies.
  • Be responsible for overseeing compliance with the Faculty/School budget, financial management plan, systems, processes, and practices for the AAIA.
  • Be responsible for ensuring consistency of processes and practices usage and application.
  • Provide leadership through mentoring and nurturing of talent and ensuring that staff development opportunities for both professional and academic staff are part of the AAIA's culture.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications. Salary sacrificing options are also available under the University's Flexible Remuneration Packaging Scheme. Provision is also made for limited private consulting in accordance with the University's regulations.

A range of superannuation options will be available to the successful candidate. By law, the University is required to make employer superannuation contributions equivalent to 10% of salary (called 'Superannuation Guarantee' contributions).

The successful candidate may elect to have Superannuation Guarantee contributions made to a complying fund of their choice, or to have a higher level of contributions (currently 17% of salary) made to 'UniSuper'. The components of the successful candidate's remuneration package will reflect their choice of superannuation arrangements.

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance will also be provided if required.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter explaining why the position is of interest and outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details. Reference letters are not necessary with the initial application but will be requested for competitive applicants.

For further information about the role please visit Candidate Information Brochure

Informal enquiries may be made to The Head of the School of Humanities (Professor Keith Dobney); please contact

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For a copy of the candidate information brochure, a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact: John Flynn (Senior Talent Partner, Senior Talent Acquisition, Recruitment Operations) on +61 481 564 562 or by email


To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

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Friday 30 September 2022 11:59 PM

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