Director of Urban Design

Boroondara, Australia
31 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
13 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Course Director / Senior Lecturer, Level C, $112,383 - $129,499 plus 17% super or
  • Course Director / Associate Professor, Level D, $135,204 - $148,891 plus 17% super
  • Full time, ongoing, Hawthorn location

About Swinburne 

Swinburne University of Technology has a long, proud history of educating and training students for over 100 years. Swinburne focuses on providing high-quality, career-oriented education with strong links to industry and the community. Swinburne currently has over 54,000 students.

Swinburne’s emphasis is on high quality, engaged teaching and research in science, technology, business, design and innovation – teaching and research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and contributes to national economic and social objectives. 

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 

As Course Director of the Master of Urban Design program, you will provide a strong contribution to curriculum development, teaching and research within Swinburne’s Master of Urban Design course, which commences in 2019. Working closely with the Dean of Design, Department Chair, Associate Deans, and the Professor of Urban Design, you will aid in the development of a clear vision for Urban Design and Architectural education and provide an overall framework for teaching and learning excellence. As Course Director you will play a critical role in the overall students’ experience, teaching quality, and quality of graduate outcomes. You will represent the course on the best interests of students, staff and the University and actively engage internally and externally to ensure the best possible outcomes.

You will have an established research track record in one or more areas of urban design, architecture, and/or architectural engineering where they engage the urban scale, including urban design, its culture, relationship to analytics and policy, computational urban design, and communicating urban design. 

Skills and experience 

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

  • An earned doctoral qualification in Urban Design or associated field or professional practice equivalent.
  • Membership of an appropriate Professional body 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage curriculum, and high-quality teaching in Urban Design with outstanding postgraduate outcomes.

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


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

Further information, contacts and support 

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 2016 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. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

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 Blair Kuys on +61 3 9214 6072. 

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

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on 

Position number: TBC
Applications close at 5pm, Sunday 13 May 2018.