Deputy Director HDR Governance, UQ Graduate School

Brisbane, Australia
12 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
26 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Queensland (UQ) has supported over 15,000 students in their academic pursuit to attain a higher degree by research (HDR). With over 2,000 research experts and a reputation world-wide as an elite research institution, UQ provides research candidates with every advantage.

More than 4,400 students are currently undertaking a higher degree by research at UQ under the support and guidance of the UQ Graduate School. The Graduate School has academic responsibility for managing admissions, providing research scholarships, supporting students during their candidature, and facilitating the examination of theses. The Graduate School coordinates year-round skills training, supports infrastructure and research facilities, and provides opportunities to accelerate career development for HDR candidates.

The role

The Deputy Director HDR Governance is accountable for the administration and leadership of HDR administration across UQ; including the administration of research student candidature, scholarships and examinations. This position ensures the provision of high quality, well integrated support and the drive for best practice and business process improvement to enable UQ to achieve its research goals and strategic priorities.

Key components of this newly created role include leading and developing the HDR Administration and Enquiries teams, developing and implementing strategies to enhance the delivery of HDR administration, striving for continual business improvement, and building and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with stakeholders across UQ and externally on behalf of the Graduate School.

The person

Applicants should possess a relevant postgraduate qualification, with proven experience at a senior level managing a higher education administration function, demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic initiatives and manage complex projects, and substantial exposure to leading and developing teams; including leading change and service improvement initiatives. Excellent organisational, communication and stakeholder management skills will complement this experience; as well as high level analytical and presentation skills. A HDR qualification and understanding of student administration will be highly regarded.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University's Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a full-time, continuing appointment at HEW Level 10A. The remuneration package will be in the range $123,883.00 - $165,313.00 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $144,943.11 - $193,416.21 p.a.).

Position Description

Deputy Director HDR Governance_Position Description.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Belinda Bern, Director, UQ Graduate School on +61 7 3366 0506 or

Important Information

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Covering Letter ("Statement of Claim")** - Maximum of two (2) to three (3) A4 typed pages; and
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume^^

**Your covering letter should clearly address the Abbreviated Selection Criteria included below; i.e. you do not need to address all of the Selection Criteria included within the Position Description.

The Abbreviated Selection Criteria to address for this role are:

  1. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic initiatives and manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders through to completion;
  2. Proven track record of managing and leading people by providing strong day-to-day leadership and the development of high performing, service-focused teams; 
  3. Demonstrated strong analytical and problem solving skills, with the ability to use innovative thinking when developing a robust approach or finding solutions to problems; and
  4. Proven experience in driving service improvement and managing change.

^^Please ensure your CV / Resume includes the details of two (2) professional referees. One of whom should ideally be your current supervisor/manager. Ideally, a professional referee is someone:

  • whom you have reported to (direct supervisor/manager or manager once removed) within the last 18-24 months;
  • who can provide detailed feedback on your work performance; and/or
  • whom you have asked to be a referee for you.

Closing date: 9:00 am (QLD time) on Monday, 26 February 2018.