Innovation Coach

  • University of New South Wales
  • Australia, NSW
  • Jul 2, 2024

Job Description:

  • UNSW IT, daily rate contract role working as an Innovation Coach within an exciting new project team

  • Kensington based, Hybrid working environment

The vision of the UNSW Innovation Accelerator Program is to create an environment that empowers and supports individuals to bring innovative ideas to fruition. It emphasizes strong leadership endorsement, capability uplift by developing new skill sets, mindsets, and tool sets, and fostering a culture of innovation, customer centricity, and collaboration. The program aims to provide a pathway for ideas to be developed, evaluated, and integrated into business as usual (BAU), with a focus on speed and agility to facilitate the rapid movement of ideas and innovation. This vision is supported by a foundational method and approach that includes understanding the problem, designing the right solution, and running experiments to test new concepts rapidly in the market. The ultimate goal is to deliver new products, features, and experiences that create value, relevance, and trust, driving deeper engagement and outcomes for UNSW staff and students

Role Purpose

The purpose of the Innovation Coach at UNSW as part of the Innovation Accelerator Program is to mentor and guide individuals and teams through the innovation process, fostering a culture of creativity and continuous improvement. The role involves providing expertise in innovative methodologies, facilitating workshops and training sessions, and supporting the development of innovative projects that align with UNSW's strategic objectives. The Innovation Coach plays a crucial role in empowering staff and students to embrace innovative thinking and practices, contributing to the overall success of the Innovation Accelerator Program..

Specific accountabilities for this role include:

- Craft and execute bespoke innovation coaching programs for the benefit of UNSW IT personnel and learners.

- Offer specialized advice and assistance to teams on the implementation of design thinking and agile practices.

- Establish and track key performance indicators to assess the success of innovation efforts and the influence of coaching.

- Engage with both internal and external partners to foster a collective commitment to innovative progress.

- Serve as a catalyst for change, fostering an organizational culture receptive to innovation and exploratory approaches.

- Uphold and exemplify the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct in all endeavors.

- Manage the identification and mitigation of both psychosocial and physical hazards and risks associated with health and safety in your designated domain.

Skills and Experience 

Are you an inspiring coach with over 5 years of experience igniting the spark of innovation and steering transformative change? We want you!

Possess a talent for facilitation? If you're adept at conducting dynamic workshops and training sessions that captivate and educate, join our team!

• Your proven track record of influencing and enacting change in intricate organizational landscapes could be the key to unlocking our potential.

If you're versed in the art of innovation, familiar with design thinking, lean startup, and agile methodologies, you're the game-changer we're searching for!

• With your exceptional communication skills and interpersonal finesse, you have the power to rally and motivate a diverse range of individuals towards excellence.

• Share our passion for the mission and values of UNSW, and help us embody these principles in everything we do, guided by our core policies and guidelines and bring health & safety to the forefront, ensuring a workplace that prioritizes both psychological and physical well-being.

Key Challenges:

  • Overcoming resistance to change and fostering an environment where innovation is valued and rewarded.

  • Ensuring that innovation coaching programs are aligned with the strategic objectives of UNSW IT.

  • Staying current with the latest trends in innovation, coaching, and technology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A bachelor's degree in a relevant field; a master's degree or higher is preferred.

  • Certifications in coaching, design thinking, agile methodologies, or related areas.

  • A proven track record of facilitating innovation within an organization.

  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking abilities, with a focus on delivering practical and impactful outcomes.

To Apply: If this is of interest to you, please submit your CV, cover letter and responses to criteria.

Jen MacLachlan, Talent Acquisition, email is

Applications close: Sunday 14th of July 11.30pm

UNSW is committed to equity diversity and inclusion. Applications from women, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those living with disabilities, members of the LGBTIQ+ community; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.

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