Chief of Staff

  • Newly Created Leadership Role to Vice-Chancellor
  • Provide Strategic Advice & Support
  • Government & External Relations Focus

This is a unique, rewarding and high-profile opportunity to take on a representation role on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor.

Flinders University is recognised as an innovative and modern university, with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. As a globally focused, locally engaged institution, they have a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusivity, with a focus on enhancing educational opportunities for all. Following recent substantial investment in people, infrastructure and technology, Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world. The Chief of Staff is a newly created role to provide high level strategic and policy advice to the Vice-Chancellor (VC), to ensure Flinders is well positioned to implement their strategy and vision.
An influential leadership role, you will work closely with the Vice-Chancellor and liaise with other senior executives to drive strategic initiatives and projects. A highly visible and strategic role, your key objectives will involve influencing, educating, and advocating awareness of policy matters, sector wide trends, as well as providing a credible voice for the organisation. Leading a team of four direct reports you will manage and co-ordinate key functions including media and communications, alumni and advancement, external relations, and the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. Networking across state and federal government, industry, philanthropic groups and other stakeholders will be critical in order to facilitate and support the VC’s involvement in a range of strategic projects and initiatives.

A seasoned executive leader with broad experiences, your ability to engage, influence and advocate will be second to none. Bringing success across the areas of government relations, stakeholder engagement, advocacy, public policy and internal and external communications, you will have strong leadership skills across multi-disciplinary teams. Postgraduate tertiary qualifications are essential, with knowledge of the higher education sector preferred, you will demonstrate high level analytical skills with the ability to review, propose and advise on complex policies and issues. 
This is a unique, rewarding and high-profile opportunity to work closely with the Vice-Chancellor, where you can utilise your well-connected networks to lead, scope and promote the growth opportunities at Flinders University.

Applications should be forwarded to the attention of Nicole Underwood in Word format. Confidential enquiries are welcome to Julie Bennett on 0431 742 034.

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