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Vice President (Operations)

Camperdown, Australia
Closing date
25 Mar 2024

Job Details

The University of Sydney seeks to appoint our next Vice President (Operations) who will lead the business and operations activities of the university. This is a key role, reporting to the Vice-Chancellor, accountable for driving both the execution of strategy and delivery of services by our Professional Services Units, supporting our staff and students in line with University-wide objectives.

Our next Vice President (Operations) will join as we embark on a journey to implement our ambitious Sydney in 2032 institutional strategy. At the core of our strategy are research, education, and operational excellence, as well as the promotion of an inclusive and diverse university community. Our goal is to make the University a better place to work and an institution that operates more effectively.

As we approach the second year of our 10-year strategy, the Vice President (Operations) and their team will partner with our academic and professional leaders and staff to realise that strategy. The initial focus will include enhancing the student experience, using technology and co-design to streamline our systems and processes, particularly at the user interface, and leading cultural change that will embed better ways of working that reflect our desire for high trust, high accountability, and high performance.

The Vice President (Operations) will provide inspiring leadership, oversight and strategic direction of a broad portfolio that includes finance, health and safety, HR, ICT, risk management, student administration, central operations services and infrastructure.

A seasoned executive with excellent capacity to oversee the full suite of organisational functions in the portfolio, the Vice President (Operations) will play a pivotal role in our ongoing efforts to enhance the University's reputation both domestically and globally as a great place to work, study, and conduct research. We are in search of a dynamic leader who can work collaboratively, strategically, and effectively to ensure we continue to strengthen our operating model and services.

Odgers Berndtson is assisting the University of Sydney with this appointment. More information on the role can be found at For a confidential conversation, please contact Jane Harlen on +61 2 8905 3715 or Antonia Lao on +61 3 8375 7248.

Position Description

Candidate Information Brochure

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance will be discussed with the preferred candidate if required.

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.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

The closing date for applications is Monday 25 March 2024.

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The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

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