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Education and Training Vacancy N.N. 10724533
Australian Research Council Closing date: Thursday, 21 June 2018
Job Title: Executive Director - Physical Sciences & Maths
Branch: Executive
Section: Physical Sciences & Maths
Job Type: Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time
Location: Canberra Airport - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: SES2018-80
Agency Website:

Job Description


Who we are:
The people of the ARC are a mix of academics, including a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and four or five professorial-level Executive Directors (EDs) with strong research backgrounds, and about 130 career public servants.

The ARC’s purpose is to grow knowledge and innovation for the benefit of the Australian community through funding the highest quality research, assessing the quality, engagement and impact of research and providing advice on research matters.

The ARC is seeking an Executive Director with expertise in Physical Sciences & Maths to oversee major funding schemes and corporate portfolios across these broad discipline areas. The ED’s will contribute to the management of the NCGP, deal with academic matters and government initiatives and lead, develop and implement new schemes and other strategic initiatives.

The successful applicant will report to the CEO and represent the ARC and liaise with the research community and industry in regard to ARC research funding and initiatives.

Our ideal candidate:
This is a senior leadership opportunity, which will suit individuals able to demonstrate a history of accomplishment at a national and/or international level, and research leadership in the relevant area.

Our ideal candidate should demonstrate well developed leadership and management skills, sensitivity to the prevailing social and political environment and an understanding of the values of the Public Service.

Personal drive and integrity are essential as are the ability to lead, contribute strategic thinking, achieve outcomes, cultivate effective working relationships and communicate with influence.

Suitable backgrounds include universities, private sector research leadership and public sector research agencies.

To be a strong contender for this role you will have:
• Significant experience as a leader in the field of Physical Sciences & Maths
• A strong understanding of public administration with a particular focus on academic matters and government initiatives
• Highly developed communication skills and the ability to work collegiately with a broad range of stakeholders from industry, government and the wider community
• Proven experience in providing sound advice on potentially sensitive issues with diplomacy and tact, and in identifying and addressing potential risks to the reputation of the ARC.

The position is available full-time or 0.8 FTE in the event an incumbent wishes to continue non-ARC funded research (declared and free of conflicts of interest) outside of their ED role, noting the calendar of ARC functions must take precedence. The location of the position is in Canberra. The position may also be offered as a secondment opportunity from a University.

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How to Apply:
Submit an application to by 5pm, 21 June 2018.
You will need to provide a Pitch of no more than 1,000 words telling us why you want to work at the ARC, why you are interested in the Executive Director position, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role. In a nutshell – why should we hire you?

If you have any questions about this position, please contact the Executive General Manager, Leanne Harvey on (02) 6287 6606.

All queries relating to applications and the submission process should be directed to our HR Team via email to or by telephone on (02) 6287 6632.

Diversity and Inclusion:
The ARC expects all staff to have an understanding of workplace diversity, workplace participation, a safe working environment and access and equity principles, and to promote these principles in the development and implementation of policies and programs.


Eligibility and terms of Engagement:
To be eligible for engagement, you must be an Australian citizen.
The successful candidate will be employed as a Non-Ongoing SES employee in the Australian Public Service, in accordance with the provisions under the
Public Service Act 1999.


Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

Non-ongoing will be offered for an initial term of 12 months with possibility of extension or conversion to ongoing within 12 months from original advertisement date.

To Apply

Selection Documentation: Jessica Lester, (02) 6287 6792,
Position Contact: Leanne Harvey, (02) 6287 6606
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS18-Mon - 30 Apr 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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