Director - Strategy and Operations, The Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Dec 5, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0057829
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed term for 5 years
Department/School: Doherty Institute
Salary: SM1

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated.

The Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics is a new global medical research centre being created within the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. The goal to deliver greater resilience for societies around the world in dealing with future pandemics is a core objective and this could save millions of lives in the future.

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About the Role

The Director—Strategy & Operations, will provide executive leadership to the Centre under the direction of the Centre Director. The Director—Strategy & Operations will work closely with an administration team to establish the operating model for the Centre and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Centre. This role will be key to the ultimate success of the Centre.

In collaboration with the Centre Director, this role will establish and oversee the smooth running of the Centre including governance, legal and financial processes, and risk management, with support from the University of Melbourne’s structures and systems.

The five (5) key areas of responsibility include:

  • Leadership, stakeholder and change management

  • Strategic Planning and Policy Development

  • Finance, Research and resource management

  • Human Resource Management

  • Quality Assurance, Compliance and process improvement

Please refer to the attached Position Description for a complete outline of this role.

About You

Your advanced interpersonal skills and extensive experience in building relationships will assist you in maintaining rapport with a wide range of stakeholders from various backgrounds.  

You will have the ability to motivate, persuade and negotiate with colleagues throughout your workplace. You will be an ethical leader who values diversity and can work with any individual effectively and professionally.

You will be able to demonstrate your prior experience and understanding in relation to:

  • A qualification in Business Management, Executive Leadership (postgraduate desirable) and/or other relevant qualifications and/or experience in a similar role with a demonstrated capability to lead an agile and dynamic organisation including exceptional people leadership and operational management.

  • A strong knowledge of governance and compliance and demonstrated ability to support the governance obligations of the board.

  • Strategic decision making and executive operational experience in complex environments.

  • Strong understanding of philanthropy and demonstrated experience in working with foundation partners and ability to canvas new partners.

  • Excellent political nous, entrepreneurial, negotiation and leadership skills.

Additionally, an ability to demonstrate the following would also be desirable (but not mandatory):

  • Experience starting a business/ social enterprise/fundraising or experience in leading an organisation through a significant change process.

  • Experience in the design and execution of scientific programs.

  • A sharp eye for detail, whilst keeping the strategic focus of the Centre Director’s objectives and organisational goals in perspective.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

NOTE: Internal/ Existing employees are strongly encouraged to speak with their current people leaders prior to submitting your application. 

About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave

  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading

  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs

  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club

  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and related experience. Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected].