Innovation Lead

Boroondara, Australia
02 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Event Management with internal and external focus
  • Start-up initiative with the University
  • After hours component to the role

About the job

Reporting to the Director of Commercial Innovation Programs, as our Innovation Lead, you will be responsible for assisting in the design and execution of Swinburne’s innovative and entrepreneurial programs and events. You will organise and run internal and external focussed events for the Precinct. Working in collaboration with the Director, you will develop processes and procedures that will continue to build the awareness of the Precinct and grow its start-up community. Your daily accountabilities will include running events, building relationships with your peers and developing educational content on the Precinct.

You must be available to work out of standard business hours including the occasional weekend.

About the Innovation Precinct and Swinburne

At Swinburne, our Innovation Precinct connects people to the knowhow they need to solve challenges and reach outcomes that have social and economic impact. We bring together the University’s brightest minds in collaboration with industry, to foster entrepreneurship and to create new technology, products and services. Our cutting-edge Digital Innovation Lab, the Design Factory Melbourne and the Factory of the Future lead our strengths in digital, design and manufacturing innovation.

About you

With your high attention to detail and meticulous organisation skills, you have a passion for the startup arena. You are able to navigate an arena of conflicting priorities with ease and enjoy building networks to promote awareness. Your previous experience may include organising events, from invitations, to catering and post-event follow up.

You will also be a self-starter and standout colleague with a strong desire to help start up founders. 

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a broad range of competing tasks
  • Experience using Mail Chimp, Canva, Eventbrite and managing CRM systems
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to positively influence others

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


  • Participate in regular staff and management development programs
  • Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre (HALC) discounted memberships
  • Weekly yoga and pilates classes
  • Flexible working arrangements

Discover more discounts when you start at Swinburne. Receive movie tickets and staff membership options at the Swinburne bookshop. There's news subscriptions and computer and software discounts on offer. 

Further information and how to apply

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. 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 view the position description or to start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume and cover letter only, 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 Ania Gruba (Recruitment Consultants) on +61 3 9214 4856. 

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 5pm on Tuesday the 17th of July 2018

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