Director Academic Operations

Melbourne, Australia
Attractive salary and benefits with flexible working options
07 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
27 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Senior leadership role within Swinburne University
  • Full time (3 year fixed term) position at our Hawthorn campus (hybrid working arrangements)
  • Attractive salary and benefits with flexible working options

About the Role 

We are seeking a suitably qualified leader to come join us in the integral role of Director, Academic Operations (DAO).  As the DAO you will be responsible for the leadership and broad spectrum of professional operations within the Academic Operations Unit (AOU) to support the University’s Schools, ensuring that an operational framework is in place to develop and drive the achievement of targets and objectives in line with Swinburne strategy.

Reporting to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer (SDVC and CAO), the DAO is member of the Academic Executive Group. Working alongside other DAOs, key to this position is providing expert operational advice to senior executives on a range of matters as well as the leadership and management of the whole Academic Operations Unit.

As a strong collaborator, you will be a key relationship manager between the Schools, SDVC and CAO’s office, senior members of the University and service providers to ensure governance meets delivery and to contribute to a range of University wide projects. You will ensure the delivery of functional services remains closely aligned with both strategic and operational requirements.

You will provide leadership of an efficient and effective professional support team, operating consistently within formal communities of practice that supports the academic staff within the Schools.  You will also lead an assigned portfolio of specialist teams, which will offer expert services across all Schools, providing bespoke advice as and when required.

About You  

To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities:

  • Proven ability in developing and executing strategic and operational business plans and policy, and the delivery of these within timeframes and budget.
  • Possess high-level interpersonal skills demonstrated through an ability to collaborate, motivate, influence, and negotiate in the best interests of the AOU, School and University in the context of a matrix reporting structure.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide constructive feedback and develop positive strategies through a consultative and supportive performance review and development process.
  • Strong business and financial acumen and ability to monitor expenditure and ensure effective utilisation of budget allocations to meet objectives.


  • Postgraduate qualifications and extensive relevant experience; and/or proven extensive experience in the management of significant human and material resources; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

About Swinburne University of Technology 

Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 

Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position.  

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Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on staffrecruitment@swin.edu.au

Applications Close: 5pm, Monday 27th March 2023

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

Equity and Diversity 

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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 inclusion@swin.edu.au

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For any support please contact DeadlyCareers@swin.edu.au or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant



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