Industry Theme Lead

Camperdown, Australia
22 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
27 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, 2 year fixed-term opportunity for an Industry Theme Lead to support the University's Western Sydney strategy
  • Establish and manage high impact partnerships, build internal capability, and communicate value and impact across diverse internal and external audiences
  • Hybrid working model, offering a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are in a period of exciting development within our External Engagement portfolio, striving to achieve a contemporary and integrated service offering aligned with the university's ambitious strategic objectives. Growing our presence in Western Sydney is a strategic priority for the University. This includes, investing in and building from our long-standing presence in Western Sydney and responding to the changing economic, demographic and geographic landscape of our city.

As a result, we are seeking a strategic and proactive Industry Theme Lead to work closely with leading academics, leaders in policy and industry and other stakeholders across multi-sectoral themes. In this role, you will have the unique opportunity to build the capacity of the University to engage and translate our research and teaching excellence into outcomes that respond to community, industry and policy priorities with a focus on Western Sydney. Examples of areas of focus include health, economic growth in Western Sydney and access to education.

As the Industry Theme Lead, you will provide high-level strategic advice and guidance around the government policy landscape and industry drivers in support of the University's contribution to the educational resources within Western Sydney.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • partner with relevant internal academic leaders, other Theme Leads and the Strategic Ventures team to identify strategic priorities and partners (across industry, government, community and non-profit,) that can advance the research, education, and reputational ambitions of the University
  • establish and convene a "Cluster" network of internal and external stakeholders across priority sectors to cultivate and deepen mutually beneficial partnerships that support the University's engagement objectives within Western Sydney
  • prepare and present well considered industry focussed proposals, presentations and briefings that engage and excite prospective partners and funders
  • work with the Executive Director to design and operationalise engagement plans for internal and external stakeholders that include communications, events, stakeholder management, engaged research and education opportunities
  • provide sector specific insights, market intelligence and provide thought leadership and guidance to University Executive for informed decision making
  • maintain a strong enterprise-wide understanding of research, education and reputational strengths and leverage these for maximum impact
  • represent the University of Sydney at high level networking and industry events.

About you

  • proven success in developing and implementing engagement strategies that deliver quality outcomes against agreed milestones in a higher education or other complex institution
  • experience in mapping, negotiating, and managing successful partnership agreements, with an understanding of the partnership process with government, corporate and NFP organisations
  • demonstrated understanding of socio-economic and cultural aspects in relation to Western Sydney
  • demonstrated ability to build strong collaborations across a University setting with academic leaders, directors and professional staff across central portfolios, research institutes and faculty
  • experience in leading and personally delivering major programs in complex environments with multiple organisations and stakeholders
  • strong analytical skills and an ability to research, formulate and present high quality briefings to internal and external audiences, prepare proposals and presentations
  • highly developed relationship management skills and the ability to operate with a high degree of tact and professionalism across all levels of diverse internal and external environments
  • outstanding presentation, facilitation and influencing skills to drive key messaging and ideas through a variety of channels.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

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.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

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