- Full time, fixed term till 30 January 2026 with possibility of extension
- Key role working closely with the University's Vice Chancellor to progress the University's strategic agenda for Commonwealth policy and relations
- Base Salary $135,820 - $143,310 + 17% superannuation
About the opportunity
The Commonwealth Policy Advisor's primary function is to provide the Vice-Chancellor with timely and high-quality advice, project management, internal and external stakeholder communication and coordination services to progress the University's strategic agenda for Commonwealth policy and relations.
The University's Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Mark Scott AO, leads the University's extensive engagement activities with Federal Government ministers, officials and agencies across the full spectrum of Commonwealth agencies and policy areas. The demands of this work are expected to increase significantly over the next two years, making this an exciting time for the successful candidate to join Australia's first University to work closely with the Vice-Chancellor, other members of the University leadership and our government relations team to provide critical policy advisory, coordination and stakeholder liaison support.
2024 and 2025 are expected to be important for the future of Australia's tertiary education sector. The Federal Minister for Education will have received the final report of the Australian Universities Accord Review and will be developing the detail of the Government's policy responses that will shape the funding and operating environment for the University of Sydney and sector for years to come.
The successful candidate will become a key member of the University's Higher Education Policy and Projects team, based within the Vice-Chancellor's Office. They will have exposure to varied and interesting work across diverse areas of Commonwealth policy responsibility.
Your key responsibilities will include:
- provide the Vice-Chancellor and other University/sector leaders with timely intelligence about emerging and sensitive and complex Commonwealth policy matters, problems, risks, opportunities and solutions
- provide high quality analysis and advice on Commonwealth policy issues relevant to the University and higher education sector
- develop comprehensive, effective communications, discussion papers and strategic briefings around Commonwealth policy and policy advocacy for internal and external stakeholders and meetings
- initiate and conduct independent research by gathering information, analysing data and producing high-quality briefings and reports
- liaise with senior management and key stakeholders (peak bodies, vice-chancellors of other institutions and their staff, politicians, ministerial advisers, government officials etc)
- bachelor degree or higher in Law, Politics, Public Policy, International Relations, Public Administration, Economics, Security Studies or any other relevant field
- demonstrated experience in staffing and advising a chief executive, departmental secretary or similar, operating with autonomy and trust to progress the executive's agenda
- demonstrated experience working at a senior level within a government agency (Commonwealth preferred), a higher education institution or similarly large and complex organisation
- ability to prepare and evaluate complex reports and documents with high-level administrative support skills, including organisation of meetings, management of agendas, recording and follow-up
- highly developed capacity to provide intelligence, discretion and nuanced advice on sensitive and often confidential matters, risks and opportunities - balancing the perspectives and priorities of diverse stakeholders
- highly developed understanding of the political, governmental, economic, social and national security environment in which the University operates, with a proven understanding of the workings of the Commonwealth Government, Cabinet, the Federal Parliament and its legislative processes.
Please note: this role is based in Sydney, although occasional travel to Canberra will be required.
Sunday 17 December 2023 11:59 PM
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.
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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