The Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs project (Building Connections) is a three-year research project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant scheme (LP170101050) together with four Partner Organisations. The project will investigate how best to plan, design, govern and use/manage facilities to enable schools to operate successfully as 'more than a school', and encourage the development of thriving, resilient and connected communities.
The newly established project requires a Project Coordinator to oversee all administrative/management aspects of the project. The position is a key administrative, communications and research support role. Under the general guidance of the Lead Chief Investigator, the position will be responsible for project planning and coordination, including implementing a range of strategies for stakeholder engagement, coordinating research activities, communicating and disseminating project outputs, and coordinating project staff and PhD students. The role will also assist with budget planning and tracking expenditure, contracts and agreements, and events coordination. The position will work collaboratively with all members of the project team and will build links with participating University faculties and research infrastructure.
The position is based at the Melbourne School of Design/Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning (https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/) and is linked to the research program of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) - a network of academia, practitioners, industry and government agencies in Australia and overseas exploring the relationships between teaching and learning and the built environment. As a research network, LEaRN operates in collaboration with partners across a range of sectors including education, architecture, design, furniture, ICT, government and private school systems. The network aims to provide an intellectual space to focus on the relationships between pedagogy and space across all educational environments, from early years' settings through to tertiary environments and the workplace. Building Connections is LEaRN's fifth consecutive ARC Linkage project since 2007. With several other significant past and current projects, LEaRN is one of the pre-eminent centres of learning environments research internationally. For more information about LEaRN see https://research.unimelb.edu.au/larnetwork.
The Project Coordinator will report to the Building Connections Lead Chief Investigator, Dr Benjamin Cleveland, and will work collaboratively with other Chief Investigators (including at RMIT University), the project Research Fellow, Partner Organisations and other researchers (including PhD candidates) towards delivering successful research outcomes and outputs.
An integral aspect of the role will be managing communications, both internally across the project team, and externally with stakeholders and professionals in the wider built environment and education communities. This will include coordinating a variety of initiatives, updating the project's website and other social media channels, and working with the Lead Chief Investigator to ensure research and engagement activities an integral part of the project.
The University of Melbourne is a child safe organisation. You may be required to hold a valid Working with Children Check as a condition of employment in this role.