Executive Officer

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime

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Your new role

Are you an experienced and strategic thinker looking for an exciting opportunity? Curtin University is seeking an accomplished Executive Officer to provide high-level strategic, policy, and management counsel in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor. In this pivotal role, you will play a crucial part in shaping the University's operations and ensuring effective communication with internal and external stakeholders, including engagement with state and federal government.

If you are ready to make a significant impact and ensure that our strategic initiatives are communicated with excellence, we want to hear from you. Join us and be part of our dynamic team dedicated to excellence and innovation.

In this position, you will (but are not limited to):

  • Support the Chief of Staff in managing the delivery of strategic projects and priorities, as determined by the Vice-Chancellor, engaging and coordinating relevant staff and areas across the University in the achievement of these goals.
  • Provide strategic advice on high-level government developments, priorities and policies relevant to the University.
  • Develop and implement strategic engagement with all levels of government.
  • Coordinate visits and tours to the University by government representatives, including Ministers and key external stakeholders.
  • Prepare briefing papers, speeches and powerpoint presentations for the Vice-Chancellor.
  • Ensure all communications from the Vice-Chancellor are of a consistently high standard and strongly aligned with strategic messages.
  • Undertake high level research, review and analysis, and formulate recommendations for the Vice-Chancellor, on a range of issues and policies, to inform strategic decision making.
  • Coordinate responses to internal and external requests for information.
  • Collaborate and foster effective relationships, networks and partnerships with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide Executive Officer support to Committees and Working Groups as directed by the Vice-Chancellor.
  • Actively contribute to the development, monitoring and review of University policies, practices and guidelines on matters relevant to the Vice-Chancellor’s remit.
  • Undertake other activities which the incumbent might reasonably be expected to do, and which are consistent with the accountabilities and responsibilities as listed above.
Work Requirements
  • Criminal record check in accordance with the University’s National Police Certificate Assessment procedures.
  • Interstate and/or overseas travel may be required.
  • Ability to work outside of normal office hours when required.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Bridget Halbert, Chief of Staff, on  [email protected]

About us

We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.
We encourage a progressive and diverse workplace, offering generous superannuation and salary packaging benefits. We are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.
For more information about our university, please visit www.curtin.edu.au
Join us!
Please provide a cover letter and your CV addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.
Selection criteria:

  • Postgraduate qualifications and extensive relevant experience; or extensive management experience and proven management expertise; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education training.
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of current key issues, trends and relevant legislation, impacting on the higher education sector and the strategic direction and positioning of universities.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and relationship building skills, with previous senior level internal and external stakeholder management experience, particularly with State and Federal government representatives and departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to think both strategically and operationally, and to develop and align operational policies, procedures and practices with strategic goals and imperatives.
  • Demonstrated advocacy skills and proven ability to interact and influence at the most senior levels of an organisation and to work collaboratively across functions, levels and departments to reach shared objectives.
  • Demonstrated planning and project management skills, and the ability to manage multiple deliverables in a dynamic and complex environment.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills to present well formulated views and opinions in diverse forums and develop various high level communication materials.
  • Demonstrated research, critical analysis and problem solving skills with the ability to interpret and assess complex information, and synthesise and prioritise information effectively.
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    Applications close:

    Saturday, 20th April 2024, at 10:00 pm AWST

    Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin’s satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation, and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

    You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role. Only in limited situations will visa sponsorship situations be considered.
    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1), quoting the reference number.

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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