Associate Director, External Benchmarks

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

Research Reporting Analysis and Data Systems (RRADS)
DVC Research
Reference no. 448/0317

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in strategic planning and analysis
  • Full time continuing, competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate

About the opportunity 

The DVC Research Portfolio currently includes six groups that support the DVCR and researchers to achieve the University’s research goals. The position will be located within the Research Reporting Analytics and Data Systems (RRADS) group, one of six groups within the Research Portfolio. The External Benchmarks team within RRADS is responsible for high-level analysis, strategic optioning, interpretation, scenario modelling and reporting on data pertaining to research performance, including comparisons against national and international benchmarks in order to support strategic decision making.

The position of Associate Director, External Benchmarks is responsible for leading the teams that liaise and align internal performance indicators with external benchmarking companies; and creating and managing the front door for requirements of external requirements for external benchmarking groups.  The position must also work with external benchmarking groups to align their requirements with the ability of the institution to provide the information and facilitate research benchmarking surveys, responses and reports. This role leads the teams responsible for data collections required for ERA, including publications, non-traditional research outputs, and complimentary measures such as engagement, esteem and alternative metrics that inform an evidence based approach to strategic research investment, recruitment, and retention of high performing academic staff.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for an Associate Director who possesses demonstrated expertise in:

  • strategic management and planning
  • reporting and strategic advice
  • information management
  • capability enhancements
  • ability to work in a complex and challenging environment.

The successful candidate will apply extensive experience, judgement and professional knowhow to make strategic benchmarking decisions in relation to the university and aspirational benchmarking outcomes.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 30 March 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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