Director, Research Services

at RMIT University

  • Key Executive role
  • City based position
  • Access to many companywide benefits
  • Fixed term, 5 year role

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise in which teaching, research and engagement are central to achieving positive impact and creating life-changing experiences for our students. Founded in 1887, RMIT is a multi-sector university with more than 87,000 students including 15,000 at postgraduate level and 11,000 staff globally. The Research and Innovation Portfolio supports researchers and graduate researchers with research partnerships, grants and research contracts, funding opportunities, capability development, research training, ethics and integrity, intellectual property, commercialisation, internships, communication and profile. We are moving to an Enterprise Operating Model which will enable smarter and simpler ways of doing things to enable the exceptional service experience we promise our people and our students.


The Director, Research Services is part of Research Strategy and Services, responsible for supporting researchers to achieve excellent outcomes. The role will lead the Research Services team, responsible for supporting RMITs research activities through a range of operational and strategic services, including:

  • Research Proposals and Awards Management - identification of funding opportunities and the development of research grants, fellowships and proposals for international funding, foundations, prizes and internal funding schemes.
  • Research Contracts Management - research contracts negotiation support and administration
  • Research Integrity and Ethics - compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, other codes and legislative compliance; research ethics; governance; and biosafety.

The Director, Research Services is required to build collaborative teams with a strong service culture and deep knowledge of the national research agenda, policy and funding frameworks. In addition, the role is required to recommend, plan and implement initiatives that ensure RMIT is well placed to take advantage of government priorities. The Director oversees the research ethics, governance and integrity function to ensure timely review, professional advice and education to the research community. The Director also implements and maintains a system of continuous review of policy, procedures and support structures and associated education and training to encourage best research practices in line with external and internal university requirements.


  1. Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary research management practices and proven analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills, including experience analysing data from multiple sources and making recommendations to inform strategic and operational plans.
  2. Proven ability to combine a proactive strategic and collegial leadership style with strong diplomacy, decisive, clear-thinking, creative and practical implementation strategies, to build capability and improve processes.
  3. A proven track record in the operational management of a large team/function, including financial, infrastructure and employee management.
  4. Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills including the ability to lead, direct and influence others with a proven capacity to network, build and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of internal and external groups and develop a high performing team.
  5. High level understanding of contract, legal and IP issues, with the ability to resolve issues and provide high level advice to senior executives.

Qualifications A relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent combination of qualifications and relevant work experience. Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

To Apply

For further information, please visit our careers website using job ref #577047

Applications close on Sunday 4th August 2019.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Melbourne Victoria Australia

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