Contract Director, Accommodation

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job reference: 751727

About us

Curtin is a recognised global leader in research, education and engagement. Underpinning our core values is our commitment to transforming lives and communities through education and research and leading the way in reconciliation in the Higher Education sector. As a result, Curtin is ranked in the top one percent of universities worldwide in the highly regarded Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2020 and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old.

Curtin has recently embarked on a transformation agenda, which includes the development of the Perth campus into a collaborative innovation precinct that cultivates a vibrant social, professional and commercial urban community. This vision is articulated in the Greater Curtin Master Plan.

Exchange is the first precinct to be delivered at Curtin University’s Perth campus in response to the Greater Curtin Master Plan, and this transformational development represents a significant change to how Curtin has traditionally functioned.

Exchange is designed to bring education, industry and community together – encouraging and facilitating the sharing of knowledge, ideas and creativity and serving as a catalyst for innovation and progress.

In addition to the development of new accommodation assets, the first stage of the precinct which commenced construction in Quarter 2 2019 also includes:

  • Curtin Central (the recently completed new bus interchange)
  • A new home for the University’s School of Design and the Built Environment including commercial space available for lease by industry partners
  • Grocer and specialty retail
  • Public spaces and amenity
The role

Curtin are currently working in partnership with Hunter Executive Search Consultants to engage an experienced Contract Director to manage the successful performance of the Master Operating Agreement for the development and operation of new accommodation assets within the University. This includes student accommodation to be operated by St Catherine’s College and Unilodge Australia; the Nesuto Curtin Hotel and residential apartments which will be available for lease.

This forms part of the broader construction of the University’s Exchange precinct which is the first of its kind for Australian universities, making it a rare, unique and exciting opportunity to be involved with, and shape and own the strategy for.

Curtin has a complex legal contract with an external investor for the development and operation of these new accommodation assets. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Contract Director, Accommodation has overall responsibility for managing the successful performance of the Master Operating Agreement (“MOA”), including the management of the contract relationship, obligations, and outcomes, monitoring the delivery of key performance indicators, and making informed commercial decisions that balance risk and reward.
The position will play a vital role in the governance and management structure of the contract. You will drive the continuous improvement of the Operating Services Plans and contract management to ensure the external providers meet their obligations as specified in the Master Operating Agreement (MOA) and manage all risks associated with commercial matters.
Additionally, you will be responsible for creating a new Housing Strategy for the University and driving the operationalisation of this.
About you 
This is an important role for the university, with several critical internal and external stakeholders that will need to be effectively managed and communicated with. This role will require someone who is detail orientated, highly efficient and can develop relationships quickly; have difficult conversations whilst still maintaining relationships and that holds themselves accountable.
Coupled with the ability to draw on extensive experience within a similar role and relevant tertiary qualification; we are also seeking the following skills and attributes;

  • Extensive knowledge of residential market analysis and the development of sector-specific marketing strategy
  • Knowledge and experience in residential and/or hotel, hospital/healthcare or mining camp accommodation service provision.
  • A high level of commercial acumen and proven experience in complex, high-risk contract development and management.
  • Outstanding stakeholder management skills and the ability to interact with a diverse group of people to achieve successful outcomes
  • Sound knowledge of best practice procurement process and standards
  • Demonstrated financial and budget planning ability to achieve commercial outcomes
  • Exceptional leadership and people management skills, with the ability to manage and mentor to ensure staff are challenged motivated to their full potential.
Why choose Curtin?

Along with a competitive remuneration and benefits package and generous superannuation provisions up to 17%, our people enjoy a state of the art, easily accessible and vibrant work environment. Curtin are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2020) and recently achieved a QS Five Stars Plus rating, the highest available for a tertiary institution, jumping into the world’s top 200 in the QS World University Rankings (QSWUR) 2022. Curtin are major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai. The University is also committed to eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.
Curtin have received recognition in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Curtin continues to be a leader in reconciliation in the Higher Education sector, being one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).
How to apply

This position is being managed by Hunter Executive Search Consultants. For a complete position description that includes a more detailed list of key responsibilities and criteria, please contact Gregor McNally on the details below.

Please send your resume (Microsoft Word copy preferred) by 5.00pm WST Friday 9th July 2021, addressed to Gregor McNally –
Gregor McNally – Director, Executive Search
Mobile: 0413 160 510
Phone: (08) 9278 2511
Address: L2, The Wentworth Building, 300 Murray St, Perth CBD


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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