Manager, Engagements and Partnerships

Darlington, Australia
06 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Widening Participation & Outreach
Global Student Recruitment and Mobility

  • Opportunity to support implementation of key strategies and programs of work across Widening Participation and Outreach programs
  • Located at Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, fixed-term 12 month appointment with a $117Kp.a base salary and generous super benefits

About the opportunity 

The Manager, Engagements and Partnerships provides overall program management and guidance to support implementation of key strategies and programs of work across Widening Participation and Outreach within the Deputy Vice Chancellor Registrar’s Portfolio.

Reporting to the Head, Widening Participation and Outreach you will;

  • Manage and oversees program organisation such as developing the structure, projects, workforce plans and program processes and resources required to support implementation.
  • Build and implement overall program plans providing effective management of activities and deliverables to ensure milestones and deliverables are realised.
  • Provide operational management, expert advice and guidance throughout the translation and implementation of strategy, policy and planning within the operating unit.
  • Ensure effective general management of operational and administrative systems, processes and programs to meet these requirements in alignment with University policies and practices
  • Manage operational plans to guide the organisation and utilisation of the workforce and operational resources to meet the priorities and objectives of the unit.
  • Manage operational budgets and prepares reports as required for management groups and governance committees and a safe working environment for all staff.

This position is a full-time, fixed term 12 month appointment for maternity leave cover.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Manager, Engagements and Partnerships who possesses:

  • Postgraduate qualifications and/or extensive relevant work experience, preferably in program management and managing complex programs
  • Proven management experience at a senior level; together with flexibility, capacity to adapt to changing circumstances and environments
  • Experience program managing multiple work streams, or leading large complex programs and ability to work according to strict deadlines and manage various demands.
  • Planning, analysis and communication skills together with the ability to work according to strict deadlines and manage various demands
  • Strong business acumen and strategic thinking skills together with effective leadership and people management skills
  • Sound understanding and consistent application of program management competencies including scope, time, cost, quality, HR, communications, cost, risk, procurement and integration
  • Experience managing a diverse group of key internal/external stakeholders on large or complex programs

Previous experience working in the higher education/tertiary sector or at a complex, multi-faceted organization is highly desirable.

About us

Widening Participation and Outreach leads and supports programs and initiatives to build school and community capacity to attend higher education and to increase the participation of students from identified cohorts; Low Socio-Economic (Low SES); regional and remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. This includes management and implementation of the University’s schools and community engagement programs with disadvantaged schools and communities such as Compass, Wingara Mura - BungaBarrabugu Summer Program, ASTAR, E12 and other faculty based programs. Widening Participation and Outreach also manages and supports key partnerships with non-government agencies such as The Smith Family, AIME and Clontarf.

Through these programs the University has multiple interactions with school students, their teachers and parents in schools and on the University campus. These activities are aimed at building capacity to attend higher education.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff that support over 61,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit search by the reference number to apply.


This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing Date: 11:30pm Sunday 17th June 2018

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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