Deputy Director

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 08 May 2024


Campus: Tempe

Deputy Director

Job Description

Security & Defence PLuS (S&D+) is the flagship program of PLuS Alliance, a global partnership which combines the strengths of three leading research universities on three continents – Arizona State University (ASU), King’s College London (KCL), and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) – to solve global challenges. 

Security & Defence PLuS, which launched in 2022, deepens this existing partnership, advancing research, education, and policy to support statecraft in the spirit of the 2021 AUKUS trilateral agreement between the governments of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

The mission of S&D+ is to deliver transformative, strategically impactful partnership, education, and applied research outcomes that support the shared security and defence priorities of the governments of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, their armed forces, defence industries, as well as other allies and partners.

About the Position: Based in the ASU Office of University Affairs, the Deputy Director has a primary duty of supporting the S&D+ Executive Director (based at UNSW) and will be required to manage and work across multiple project teams based in Sydney/Canberra, London, and Phoenix. This requires some flexibility in working hours given the nature of the different time zones, as well as the ability to conduct both domestic and international travel in support of S&D+ operations.

Under the strategic direction of the S&D+ Executive Director, the Deputy Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the S&D+ program and for representing the Executive Director to both internal and external audiences, as required. 

Job Family

Business Operations

Department Name

University Affairs Initiatives



Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$105,000-$125,000 per year; DOE

Essential Duties

  • Provide high-level support and advice to the S&D+ Executive Director and the S&D+ Senior Leadership Team (one senior lead per partner university), and three S&D+ working and delivery group chairs;
  • Collaborate and communicate closely with a network of 60+ faculty and staff members across the three partner universities to drive and track progress across S&D+’s three core work streams of education, research, and partnerships;
  • Directly manage and oversee the work of the S&D+ Communications and Engagement Manager (based at KCL) and S&D+ Project Coordinator (based at ASU); 
  • Ensure S&D+ compliance with PLuS Alliance governance requirements, including:
  • Coordinating presentations and reports for quarterly governance meetings with senior university leadership;
  • Drafting, managing, and supporting reconciliation processes for S&D+’s $1M+ annual budget;
  • Maintaining an up-to-date S&D+ risk register;
  • Oversee planning and execution of S&D+ meetings, events, and workshops, including a large-scale annual conference;
  • Oversee planning and execution of public-facing resources, including our AUKUS Briefing Book and collected essay series;
  • Proactively pursue and manage relationships with a wide array of external stakeholders, including government and defence industry personnel, to understand their priorities, educate them on S&D+ capabilities and offerings, and explore business development opportunities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

This role requires strong project and program management, project tracking, coordination, budget management, and interpersonal skills, as well as a mix of big picture thinking and detail-oriented execution.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Business Administration or related field AND eight (8) years in an operational leadership position, which includes four (4) years supervisory/management and strategic planning experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Master’s degree in related field preferred
  • Experience in managing complex projects,
  • Experience in national or global security and defense
  • Experience working with teams spanning multiple nations and cultures.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of higher education sector and programs/products;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the defense and security sectors;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, concepts and practices of organizational management;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of processes for dissemination of results through presentations, reports, and publications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of management and supervisory principles and practices;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning principles and practices;
  • Experience in problem solving and decision-making;
  • Evidence of effective communication
  • Experience in effectively managing, supervising and evaluating assigned staff;
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships, both internally and externally, and establishing and facilitating work teams;
  • Experience in managing client relationships;
  • Experience in project management techniques including excellent organizational skills;
  • Experience in budget planning, preparation, management, forecasting, and reporting;
  • Ability to multitask while managing multiple projects;
  • Ability to work across multiple organizational and national cultures and time zones

Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding, and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts
  • Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions

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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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