Head of Learning

Melbourne, Australia
27 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Dynamic and innovative senior leader
  • Fast growing commercial learning environment
  • Internal and external stakeholder collaboration

About Swinburne

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

About the job

Swinburne Professional is a commercial training unit reporting to the Vice President of Engagement. Swinburne Professional services the needs of industry across the whole of the Swinburne community, acting as the gateway for industry interaction with the University, working with Higher Education and PAVE (TAFE) divisions. The team incorporates the talents of a significant industry practitioner base.

The Head of Learning will work across products and services include brokering commercial opportunities, consultancy, learning and development products and workplace training.

The Head of Learning reports to the Director of Swinburne Professional and is responsible for the provision of strategic leadership, future direction, support and advice on matters related to the improvement of adult learning experience, learning outcomes and on issues affecting the design, curriculum, pedagogy, development, and educational excellence of courses delivered. They will work directly with the other Heads of Swinburne Professional, and our facilitator network. They will work closely with the Pathways and Vocational Education (PAVE), the Faculties, the Education and Quality team and the Learning Transformations Unit. Their role will provide leadership in the development, implementation and review of educational programs within Swinburne Professional in order to create rich educational experiences, which empower the corporate learner. Additionally this role will assist in developing strong relationships with strategic clients and a commercial view aligned to the Universities 2025 strategy.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Proven expertise in the development and leadership of learning and teaching strategies specific to the commercial environment.
  • Exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Ability to operate both strategically and operationally to achieve commercial outcomes
  • Demonstrated skills in developing technology driven learning experiences.
  • A recognised Education qualification aligned to commercial learning.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


As a Swinburne staff member you will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. We also recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available.

To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

How to apply

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2015 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Swinburne University of Technology is a Child Safe Organisation and as part of this commitment, we require all employees to have a current Working with Children’s Check.

All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Rob Chetwynd, Director, Swinburne Professional on +61 3 9214 8688.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Position number: TBC
Applications close: 5pm, Wednesday 23 August 2017

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