Executive Director, Venture Cafe Sydney

Sydney, Australia
13 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie University and a number of partners are engaging with the Venture Cafe Global Institute to establish Venture Cafe Sydney.

About Venture Cafe Sydney and Macquarie University

Venture Cafe Sydney’s mission is to connect innovators to make things happen. It will work to build stronger and more inclusive innovation ecosystems and accelerate and enhance the innovation process in Sydney.  It will do this through high-impact programming, physical spaces, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement. Located in Macquarie Park, Venture Café Sydney will be a member of the growing Venture Cafe Global Network, with a shared mission and a localised approach to strengthening innovation ecosystems around the world. Venture Cafe currently operates in 6 locations, with several more in development. To learn more about the VCGI go to http://venturecafeglobal.org/

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. A place of constant stimulus and human interaction.

Venture Café Sydney will activate the Macquarie Park Innovation District and create opportunities for engagement with the Sydney innovation community as well as the growing Venture Café global network.  

The Role

We are seeking to hire a dynamic founding Executive Director to launch Venture Cafe Sydney, based in the Macquarie Park Innovation District. This person will be tasked with building Venture Café Sydney within Macquarie University from the ground up, with the strong support of VCGI for training, shared resources, and ongoing support.

Whilst the role is multi-faceted, three key aspects of this role are to:

  1. develop and operate a sustainable organisation
  2. launch Venture Café programming
  3. engage with the innovation community

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, please apply online with your CV, and a cover letter (up to 2 pages) addressing the selection criteria below:

  • Experience or exposure to start-up operations or entrepreneurial initiatives
  • Understanding of innovation and innovation eco-systems, including business and social components
  • Relationship, network and partnership building skills, including connections within the Sydney innovation community
  • Experience with event/program envisaging, planning and implementation
  • Developing and implementing business strategies and plans
  • Budget and financial management, including reporting

Package: salary from $125,601 – $147,807 p.a. plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: full time, 3-year fixed term position

Specific Role Enquiries: Margaret Hudson, Director, Macquarie Park Innovation District at margaret.hudson@mq.edu.au or +61 2 9850 1399

General Enquiries: Sarah Rowsell, HR Consultant at sarah.rowsell@mq.edu.au or +61 2 9850 6581

Applications Close: Wednesday, 27 June at 11.55 pm EST

Position Description: Download File PD_Executive Director, Venture Cafe.pdf

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our

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