Director, SA Drought Hub

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Adelaide Mail Centre, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 Nov 2021

Job no:506407
Work type:Fixed term - Full-time
Campus:Regional South Australia, Adelaide
Categories:Faculty of Sciences, Level E

(Level E) $189,518 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation will apply.

 Full-time, fixed term opportunity available until June 2024.

Leadership opportunity for the SA Drought Hub.

The University of Adelaide, as part of an extensive collaboration with industry and the State Government, will lead a new South Australian Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (SA Drought Hub). The SA Drought Hub will undertake research, development, extension, adoption and commercialisation activities to improve drought resilience and preparedness on SA farms.

We are seeking a Director for the SA Drought Hub to provide leadership for the Hub and to ensure that the University meets the project’s objectives for the four-year term of the government grant.

The SA Drought Hub is one of eight in Australia established by the Australian Federal Government’s Future Drought Fund.

A core Hub site at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy campus will be complemented by five Nodes located throughout regional South Australia at Minnipa, Port Augusta, Orroroo, Loxton and Struan. Nodes will focus on increasing the extension and adoption of drought resilience practices in pastoral, low, medium and high rainfall zones.

The initial focus will be to co-design and deliver demand driven activities across the regional Nodes to demonstrate and increase adoption of drought resilience practices, implement socially resilient and wellbeing strategies and leverage future investments for drought innovation and adoption initiatives.

To be successful you will need:

  • Experience in establishing and management of large primary industry focused programs across government and industry stakeholders to deliver against contractual arrangements and multiple stakeholder needs.
  • A track record in establishing productive partnerships with industry, government, universities and funding organisations.
  • Understanding of and sustained experience in delivering extension, adoption and innovation services to primary industries.
  • Understanding of and sustained experience in dealing with SA primary industry sectors and regional communities to drive sustainability and resilience.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55pm, 26 November 2021.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Kathy Ophel-Keller

Interim Executive Director, SARDI  

You'll find a full role statement below.

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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