Director, Academic Planning and Performance

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, ongoing position at our Hawthorn campus

About the Job
At Swinburne we are passionate about elevating the planning, quality and delivery of our Academic portfolio, through enhancing the investment and alignment of strategic and operational priorities. The Director, Academic Planning and Performance will be at the forefront of delivering this – driving the planning, performance and reporting framework for Swinburne’s Academic Portfolio and ensuring actions of the Academic Portfolio directly connect to the strategy set by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic (DVCA) and the University’s broader strategic direction.

Reporting to the DVCA, this position is integral to delivering key advisory support to the DVCA on matters relating to academic operational planning, and performance monitoring and implementation. Utilising a comprehensive knowledge of academic operations and crucial operational drivers in higher education, this role will oversee and lead the Academic Planning and Performance team in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), providing subject matter expertise to the Academic Portfolio business lines in their development of annual plans and KPIs.

Working to enhance the effective governance of Swinburne’s Academic Portfolio, this position will be a key conduit to the Academic Executive Group, providing timely, expert, and strategic advice correlating to performance insights on issues regarding the implementation and delivery of the Portfolio’s priorities. This position will collaborate with experts across the organisation to devise recommendations designed to improve the implementation and delivery of the Academic portfolio’s strategic priorities. Adopting an evidence-based approach, the Director, Academic Planning and Performance will proactively engage opportunities to build trust, influence and negotiate with other key stakeholders to realise these high-priority objectives.

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 you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
  • Postgraduate qualification in tertiary education management, business management or relevant field
  • Expertise in academic operations and key operational drivers in higher education
  • Background in implementing strategic and operational planning and performance frameworks and processes
  • Demonstrated ability to convert modelling and quantitative analysis into coherent, synthesised recommendations and advice

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

  • Participate in regular staff and management development programs
  • Onsite childcare
  • Discounted gym memberships – including Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre (HALC)
  • Private health insurance discounts

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

How to apply and further information
To view the position description or to start an application please click on apply or ‘begin’ 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 Professor Chris Pilgrim, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) - Interim, via email at

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 Friday, 18 September 2020

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