Associate Director, Major Initiatives Contracts And Grants

at University of Melbourne

About University Services

University Services comprises of 1,600 professional staff focused on providing client-centric and innovative services to the University. The group is providing transformational change, defining and influencing future service enhancements, and acts as a shared services function within the University of Melbourne.

Research, Innovation and Commercialisation

Within University Services, Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC)'s vision is to enable our academic researchers to change the world and deliver the University's research and enterprise mission. Its purpose is to provide expert professional service excellence across the research management lifecycle enabling UOM to a) become the partner of choice for industry, b) manage a vibrant pipeline of opportunities resulting in #1 research income | translation | impact, c) become easy to do business with.

About the role

The Associate Director, Major Initiatives, Contracts and Grants (MICG) is a new senior leadership position which will have responsibility for leading change in MICG, particularly in the post-award/Contract to Output areas of MICG (across both grants and contract research). Initially the purpose of the role is to implement changes in MICG working closely with the other Team Managers and Team Leaders and with stakeholders across the University. As these changes are implemented, the focus of the role will shift to taking overall responsibility for the post-award Contract to Output work in MICG. The Associate Director will also be a member of the Research Innovation and Commercialisation Extended Leadership Team.

About you

You will have:

  • A postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline or an equivalent combination of relevant training and/or extensive experience within the sector; and, expert understanding of Australia's research environment.

  • Extensive experience leading in a complex, service orientated organisation that has a proven track record of effective delivery and client satisfaction. This should include high level experience in assessing risk factors associated with research management.

  • Proven capacity to create efficient end to end processes in post-award/Contract to Output areas, informed by analysis and with measurable outputs.

  • Demonstrated experience in driving innovation in service delivery leading to a high level of service excellence.

  • Outstanding problem solving and judgment skills translatable in a large multidisciplinary University environment.

  • Ability to develop extensive relationships and meaningful connections with a broad range of stakeholders in a complex matrix structure and to be able to influence key outcomes.


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment
  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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How to apply

Your application submitted should include a CV along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

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