Chair in Community Services Innovation

Boroondara, Australia
22 May 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Faculty of Business & Law, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne
  • Academic Level E, Salary starting at $178,698 + 17% Superannuation
  • Full-time, Ongoing, Hawthorn Campus

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

The position is required to provide outstanding and energetic leadership in research, engagement, teaching and other appropriate professional activities within the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne. 

The position will oversee a multi-year applied research program on community services innovation as part of a strategic partnership between Uniting (Victoria & Tasmania) and Swinburne University of Technology. This program is contracted for three years with the option of extension for a further two years. The underlying substantive/ongoing position will continue at the conclusion of the program within the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne with the first three (with an option to extend for a further two) years funded through a research partnership with Uniting (Victoria & Tasmania) Limited.

Working with the program team and others within the Centre, the position will make a major contribution to advancing research in social innovation and community services. The position will have supervision oversight of Swinburne staff and research higher degrees associated with the Uniting partnership, including one post-doctoral fellow, one research assistant and three PhD candidates.

It is expected that the position will generate high-quality and useable research output that is of value to Uniting and the wider community services sector. The position is expected to attract external research funding. It is also expected that the position will recruit and supervise higher degree candidates, make a strong contribution to the mentoring of early career researchers, and contribute to Centre leadership. While this is a research-intensive role, all Centre staff are expected to contribute to research-led teaching in their areas of expertise.

The position is expected to initiate activities that foster and build on the Centre’s existing links with the community sector, government, business, communities and professions in Australia and internationally. 

About the department/faculty/organisational unit

The Faculty of Business and Law is committed to delivering excellent education courses, quality research with impact and engagement activities with deep industry connections. Entrepreneurship, innovation and social impact underpin all of our activities and infuse our undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

The faculty comprises two schools and two research centres:

  • Swinburne Business School
    • Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance
    • Department of Business Technology and Entrepreneurship
    • Department of Management and Marketing
  • Swinburne Law School
  • Centre for Social Impact Swinburne
  • Centre for Transformative Innovation

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A doctoral qualification in management, policy studies, community development or an area relevant to innovation in community services 
  • An outstanding national and international reputation as a leader of research and industry engagement in social innovation, community services or community development
  • A significant track record of external research income through competitive grants and/or industry engagement.
  • Demonstrated track record in collaborating successfully with industry partners to produce research that is meaningful, useable and accessible

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


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).

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:

Further information, contacts and support

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.

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

For further information about the position, please contact full name Professor Jo Barraket on +61 3 9214 3881 or via email at 

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

Applications close at : 5 pm, Monday 18th June 2018

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