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Chief Operating Officer


Education, Childcare & Training
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  • Oversee the resources, operations & physical & digital infrastructure of the University & its campuses
  • Work in a highly consultative and collaborative environment
  • 3 year fixed-term appointment
The University of Newcastle is a research-intensive University distinguished by its commitment to equity, excellence and sustainability to create a better future through a focus on innovation and impact. Currently ranked 197th in the world by QS World University Rankings, the University of Newcastle is consistently ranked within Australia's top 10 universities and is renowned globally for the quality and breadth of its research and commitment to student-focused teaching and world-class innovation.

Our Looking Ahead Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is a plan for a shared future. We see it as our responsibility to develop our students not just in knowledge, but to support their growth as healthy and resilient contributors to society. Under the leadership of the Chief Operating Officer, the Resources Division provides a diverse range of functions and professional services, including infrastructure and facilities services; IT services specialist legal and compliance advice; human resources, including Wellbeing, Health and Safety; and strategic and corporate planning and reporting services that support the Looking Ahead Strategic Plan 2020-2025.

Working closely with, and reporting to, the Vice-Chancellor, the Chief Operating Officer is a member of the University's Senior Executive and is responsible for overseeing the resources, operations and physical and digital infrastructure of the University and its campuses. The role also takes the lead in creating an operating environment to enable the achievement of the University's strategic priorities for reimagining our campuses, inspiring people, providing an outstanding student experience, and serving our communities. This high-profile role ranges from aligning our Looking Ahead Strategic Plan 2020-2025.to operational plans, through to optimising organisational efficiency and effectiveness, ensuring the organisation remains a viable and sustainable organisation, maximising its vision and purpose.

An inspiring and dynamic leader, you will have proven success in contributing to the strategic direction of a large, complex organisation; offering inclusive and empowering leadership; achieving challenging targets; and leading and managing more than one of the major areas of Human Resource Services, Strategic Planning and Performance, Infrastructure and Facilities Services, Information Technology Services, and Legal and Compliance Services.

Your highly consultative and collaborative approach is supported by your highly developed interpersonal, communication and influencing skills; as well as your financial acumen and ability to understand complex information to convert business intelligence into strategies that have impact and drive change.

If you would like to make a significant difference in shaping the functions and professional services that support the University, then we would like to hear from you.

This position is located in Newcastle and is a 3 year fixed term contract role.

Remuneration will be commensurate to knowledge and experience.

For confidential enquiries and to request the comprehensive candidate information booklet, please contact Nicola Barwell, Talent Acquisition Manager, on +61 2 4921 8845 or Nicola.Barwell@newcastle.edu.au

Applications should include the following elements:
  • Full name, address, mobile and telephone number(s) and email address;
  • Nationality and citizenship;
  • A full curriculum vitae / resume;
  • A statement addressing essential criteria;
  • Names and contact details of at least three potential referees (no contact will be made without your permission); and
  • A cover letter outlining your motivation, suitability and vision for the role.
The University of Newcastle is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Candidates from people with of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, equity target groups and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged to apply.

Times Higher Education

Newcastle, NSW

Education, Childcare & Training


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