Manager, Government Relations

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, fixed term position until Aug 2022 at our Hawthorn campus

We are looking for an innovative self-starter to join in this integral role as our new Government Relations Manager.

About the Job
In this role, you will assist the Director, Government Relations with the development and execution of Swinburne’s government relations strategy, and Pathway and Vocational Education (PAVE) Director Business Services in operational functions and decision-making. The Manager will develop communications and advocacy plans for specific government relations campaigns and builds and manages relationships of trust with Ministers, Members of Parliament, public officials, peak bodies, third party advocates and other policy influencers. The role will focus on collating all the necessary data and information required to be a key line of advice and support in the areas of vocational education and governance.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

About Pathway and Vocational Education (PAVE)
For more than a century, we have persevered in our commitment to not only provide, but also transform education through strong industry engagement, social inclusion, a desire to innovate and, above all, a determination to create positive change. Our vision for Pathway and Vocational Education (PAVE) is to be the best provider of vocational education in Australia known for our industry and community connections and excellence in student focused learning.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
• A degree with substantial relevant experience; or extensive experience and management expertise in technical or administrative fields
• Relevant experience in government relations, public policy or related roles e.g. ministerial advisor
• Relevant experience engaging with culturally diverse communities and management of cultural events.
• Demonstrated ability to understand and shape the policy environment to support the university’s government relations objectives

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Employee Benefits

How to apply and further information
Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. For further information about this position, contact Chris Hennessy, Director Government Relations -

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact Jessie Macintyre, Director (Employee Experience) at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact
Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as our Charter of Cultural Diversity, Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 13th August 2020


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