Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
16 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Resources Unit

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We are a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, consistently ranked the top young university in Australia. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.

The UTS Resources Unit is currently recruiting a Manager (Strategic Initiatives) to provide high level professional support to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Resources) across a wide range of activities, including the delivery of strategic projects and pan-university wide communications, and the preparation of papers, directives, expressions of interest and tender submissions.

About the area

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Resources) portfolio is responsible for the creation and delivery of the $1.1 Billion City Campus Master Plan as well as optimal financial performance of the university including the strategic long term finance plan in support of the university’s strategic objectives in Teaching and Learning, Research, Student Focus and Community Engagement. The DVC is responsible for improving strategic and operational resilience against risk, ensuring compliance, and protecting the university’s reputation.

The DVC generates partnerships with the community, industry, government and other enterprises and plays a critical role in the transfer of UTS knowledge to Australian and international communities, which generates a significant contribution to the diversification of UTS income.

About the role

As the Manager (Strategic Initiatives), you will assist in the delivery of strategic projects and initiatives within the DVC’s portfolio that underpins divisional and organisation goals and influences and support the university’s overall strategy to be a world leading university of technology. You will develop and execute executive and pan-university communications and assist with the development of papers, directives, expressions of interest and tender submissions. In addition you will also, where appropriate, act on behalf of the DVC (Resources) on designated matters.

Duties and responsibilities

  • providing executive support to the DVC (Resources) by developing Board, Steering Committee and sub-Committee Council papers, executing or monitoring implementation of action items from meetings, driving the development of new Directives and Policies and building relationships with key staff within and around the Division;
  • acting as a strategic planner for long term organisational projects that articulate and drive the university’s vision to be a world leading university of technology, including idea creation, developing papers, managing internal staff and consultants;
  • managing a staff and external stakeholders from a variety of business areas across the university on a project by project basis;
  • conducting personnel forecasting, planning and management on projects, including briefing, interviewing and appointment, contract and fee negotiation and performance management; and
  • developing and execute executive and pan-university communications and executive level reporting on core Resources business activities and DVC portfolio projects to internal and external stakeholders.

Skills and experience

  • A self-starter and strategic thinker with the initiative to work autonomously or collaboratively in sensitive, complex and high-pressure situations.
  • Strong stakeholder and relationship management capabilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated creativity and judgement to make sound decisions and recognise the consequences of decisions taken or actions performed.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to act with diplomacy, confidentially and discreetly in appropriate situations.
  • Demonstrated strategic and analytical skills and judgment.
  • Capacity for systematic thinking and ability to analyse information and situations, identify issues, assess impacts and risk and make recommendations based on sound rationale.
  • Skill in building alliances, partnering and working as a positive, motivating force for collaboration and achievement within the organisation, multiple constituents and external stakeholders.
  • Strong project administration skills including demonstrate business acumen, budget management, contracts, consultant management. Uses a systematic approach that starts with the end goal in mind. Aligns strategy and culture, with a focus on results and the drivers of results.
  • Personal attributes will include an entrepreneurial spirit, high level of initiative and energy, flexibility, personal integrity and accountability, the ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines and on multiple tasks.
  • Strong computer skills including demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office applications, in particular spreadsheets, project management tools and presentation software.

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: A competitive salary will be negotiated depending on experience.

This role attracts 17% superannuation in addition to the base salary. Employee benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This appointment will be on an 18 month fixed term, full-time basis.

How To Apply

Prior to commencing your application for IRC91667, please review the Position Description and the relevant selection criteria – these can be found by clicking apply. You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document.

Please note that only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.  Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC91667.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Closing Date:  There is no closing date for this role. Applications will be assessed as they are received and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

We are committed to diversity and social inclusion, evidenced by our WGEA Employer of Choice citation, Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy and the UTS Access and Inclusion Plan. We welcome applications from women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles), Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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