Senior Manager, Projects

Canberra, Australia
20 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Senior Manager 1 (Research)
Salary package: $ 109,432 - $114,744 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Work Type: Full-Time, Continuing (Contingent Funded)

  • Utilise your expertise to manage a challenging, but rewarding, multidisciplinary project and contribute to the direction of our research.
  • Make an impact on how Australia can better enable sustainable agriculture.
  • Join a flexible work environment, with an attractive remuneration package.

Sustainable Farms is an ANU initiative housed within the Fenner School of Environment and Society founded on 20 years of ecological research undertaken on farms throughout the south-eastern wheat-sheep belt of Australia.

The rich data stemming from this ecological research underpins a multidisciplinary research program that explores whether farms that are better managed environmentally are better off financially, and substantially improve the farmers’ mental health and well-being.

Sustainable Farms will translate this research into knowledge and tools that farmers can use to more sustainably manage their farms and natural assets, and that policymaker, educators, and industry can use to better enable sustainable agriculture in Australia.

Position Overview

The Senior Manager will provide both intellectual and managerial leadership to achieve the strategic objectives of Sustainable Farms, a multi-disciplinary collaboration between research, policy, natural resource management, farming and philanthropic communities focused on exploring the connection between farm biodiversity, profitability, and mental health.

As such, our ideal candidate will have demonstrated exceptional project management skills, with the ability to adapt their style across a variety of different disciplines.

The Senior Manager leads a team of researchers, industry specialists, and administrative and technical professionals to plan and implement the Sustainable Farms research programs.

We are looking for an individual, who can utilise their influence and communication skills, to maintain effective relationships across key external stakeholders, which include farmers, industry and government agencies, contract partners and philanthropic donors.

For more information about the position, please contact Saul Cunningham, E: T: (02) 6125 4588

Closing date: 18 July 2018

Position description:  Research_SM1_Project Manager_Sustainable Farms_FSES 20180613.docx

Aiming to be an employer of choice the ANU offers an attractive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary packaging arrangements, which include on-campus childcare.

The Fenner School of Environment and Society has a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and flexibility in the workplace and actively encourages women, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people of non-binary gender to apply for this position. We value people who may have had non-traditional career paths, who may have taken a career break, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of academia. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country.

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