Director in Disability Innovation Institute

Randwick, Australia
10 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Academic leadership role in interdisciplinary disability research, education and knowledge exchange
  • Provide direction and operational leadership to newly established Institute
  • Suit candidate with lived experience of disability 

Help address the global challenges of participation and leadership for people who identify as having a disability.  

  • Fixed-Term contract to 2025
  • Kensington Campus
  • Level D/E

The Organisation

UNSW is one of the world’s leading universities and is known to be Australia’s powerhouse of cutting-edge research, teaching, innovation and creativity. UNSW was established in 1949 to teach and conduct research in the scientific, technological and professional disciplines, and with its current, broader disciplinary base, it remains committed to making a difference through pioneering research and preparing the next generation of talented global citizens for career success. UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university.

The Disability Innovation Institute is an important UNSW Strategy 2025 initiative to position UNSW at the forefront of international disability scholarship. The DIIU will provide a unique connection between UNSW scholars, community, industry, services, government and practitioners to fully utilise the creativity and innovation stimulated by the experiences of disability and transform the lives of people with disability. By rapidly expanding our interdisciplinary scholarship within a knowledge exchange approach, the Institute aims to address the current global challenges to the participation and leadership of people with disability in all aspects of contemporary society.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Dean, UNSW Arts and Social Science you will lead the interdisciplinary Institute as a distinctive whole of university initiative. The major focus is on the development of a robust strategic direction and initial operational programs that will capitalise on UNSW’s unique strengths and establish DIIU as an innovative and world leading model for inclusive research, education and knowledge exchange. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide strategic direction, leadership and raise the public profile of the Institute
  • Internal and external stakeholder management, and promote collaboration
  • Operational and budget management, ensuring the on-going sustainability of DIIU

 About the successful applicant

You are a world-class academic in interdisciplinary disability related research or a discipline with disability application and can demonstrate your collaborative leadership style and record of achievement in winning competitive research grants, and support from government and NGO’s/ industry.

 To Apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter and responses to selection criteria listed in the Position Description, in pdf format via the UNSW website.


Shiree Thomas

Talent Acquisition Consultant


T: (61 2) 9385 2401 

 Applications close: 11:59 pm, Monday January 15th, 2018