Director - Public Policy and Societal Impact

Canberra, Australia
07 Apr 2017
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12 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Australian National University (ANU) is one of the world's leading universities, ranked in the global top 25 last year. ANU is a resource for the nation, delivering research and education that can transform our society.

Nowhere has the University had greater impact than in public policy. Our proximity to government offers unrivalled scope for ANU researchers to engage with policymakers and shape solutions to the challenges of our times. Our flagship policy centres, and the many ANU researchers working on public policy matters, are resources for the government and Australia.

The new ANU Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub is a priority strategic initiative to further strengthen the impact of ANU research. The Hub will frame the research-led engagement of ANU with all levels of government and the public policy community. The Director of the Hub will be an exceptional leader capable of harnessing the breadth and scale of the University's expertise through coordinating and empowering the activities of our researchers.

The Director's primary strength will be engagement with researchers, public policy practitioners, political stakeholders and media colleagues. They must have the experience and ability to link interdisciplinary solutions to complex public policy challenges and the ability to engage and persuade accordingly. They will be attuned to the nuances of senior leadership in an academic or public policy environment. They will enjoy facilitating outcomes while letting the University and its research take centre-stage.

The Director will report to a Steering Group chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, and be directly supervised by an Executive leader of the University. They will work closely with external Public Policy Fellows and a network of ANU academics who are Associates of the Hub. The Director will have recent professional experience of working in, or closely with, national government at a senior level. Expert working knowledge of the Australian Federal Government is highly desirable.

A video message from Professor Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate and ANU Vice-Chancellor and President, can be found here

For further information, please go to and quote reference number 2977 or for a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Ilona Motyer at or on +61 2 8354 4000.  Deadline for applications: Friday 12 May at midnight AEST.

ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

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