• Swinburne College 
  • Full time, 5 year contract, Hawthorn campus 
  • Performance based contract - attractive salary and benefits 

About the Role 
We are seeking a dynamic leader to come join us as the College Director within Swinburne College.  In this integral role, you will support the Swinburne College Board of Directors (Board) in developing the College’s strategy and priorities, and will be accountable for the overall leadership of Swinburne College.

You will manage, monitor and report to the Swinburne College Board on all College matters. As agreed with the Board, you will direct and implement policies, procedures, frameworks and programs to deliver agreed targets and KPIs, including; student enrolment, revenue, EBITDA, student success rates, and student progression to Swinburne. 

Utilising your strong leadership skills, the College Director will manage the Swinburne College workforce, building a workforce and culture that enables the College to deliver on its strategy and ensuring a positive workplace experience for its staff and for the community.  

Leading a team of passionate and skilled teaching staff, the incumbent is responsible for implementing required regulatory and policy frameworks to deliver Swinburne’s pathway programs in Melbourne, with a key focus on student success and the student experience. In so doing, you will work in partnership with various teams at UP and with Swinburne’s Schools and units. In that context, the College Director oversees the effective implementation of the Services Agreement between Swinburne College and Swinburne, and between Swinburne College and UP Education. 

This role formally reports to the Board, on a day-to-day basis the, however you will work with Swinburne’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) and UP’s CEO, University Partnerships & Australia to meet the quality, compliance and commercial imperatives of Swinburne College. 

About Swinburne College
Swinburne College was established in 2020 as a joint venture partnership between Swinburne and UP Education (UP) to deliver a range of pathway programs for both international and domestic students.

These programs (Foundation Year, UniLink Diplomas, ELICOS, Postgraduate Qualifying Program) assist students to reach the entry requirements for a university degree, transition from post-secondary to higher education or improve English language skills. Pathway program teachers are responsible for inspiring, engaging and educating our students for the 21st century, implementing industry best practice and applying current learning technologies and contemporary learning pedagogies.

About You  
To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities: 

·       Demonstrated high-level leadership experience in the vocational, pathways or higher education sector.

·       Proven leadership and team building skills and proven experience in leading, coordinating and motivating staff (including academic staff) across a range of diverse functions and activities.

·       Strategic finance and operational excellence focus with extensive experience in the development and implementation of strategies and/or strategic initiatives including measurable plans.

·       Exceptional interpersonal skills and experienced in interacting effectively at a senior level with both internal and external stakeholders to develop relationships built on trust.

·       High-level experience in leading the agenda and presenting to Boards.

·       Proven ability in strategic workforce planning, managing budgets and interpreting financial and business information to ensure key indicators, projected forecasts and targets are achieved.


·       Relevant postgraduate qualifications

·       Demonstrated high-level leadership experience in the vocational, pathways or higher education sector.

About Swinburne University of Technology 
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

•          Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience

•          Every Swinburne graduate gets a job

•          Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution

•          Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 
Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing your suitability for this position.  

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Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

For queries relating to the role please contact: Dr Douglas Proctor, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), Swinburne University of Technology – dproctor@swin.edu.au or Craig Jones, CEO – University Partnerships & Australia, UP Education - craig.jones@up.education 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on staffrecruitment@swin.edu.au. 

Applications Close: 11pm, Sunday 24th September 2023

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity 
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact inclusion@swin.edu.au

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact DeadlyCareers@swin.edu.au or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

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