Director, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP)

Curtin University of Technology
December 14, 2023
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Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute is a leading-edge, internationally recognised research, teaching and policy advice provider in sustainability with an innovative approach to its implementation through partnership with businesses, government, and the community. CUSP has grown to be a major contributor to the academic life of Curtin and to the broader community with its emphasis on practitioner-oriented policy research.

Your new role We are seeking an inspiring, strategic, people-focused Director to lead the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute over the next five years. As the Director, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of the CUSP's programs, identifying research funding opportunities, and ensuring the efficient and strategic use of resources while complying with University policies and procedures.

In this role, you will…

  • Collaboratively develop a strategic vision for the Institute working with CUSP team members, the Head of School, the Faculty of Humanities and the University
  • Lead the team's development and execution of research programs aligned with the strategic research objectives of the Institute, the School, Faculty, and University.
  • Identify research funding opportunities and develop strategies to grow research income for the Institute.
  • Empower, coach, and mentor staff while fostering a culture of collaboration and excellence.
  • Represent the University externally, identifying opportunities and championing sustainability research, teaching, policy development and engagement opportunities.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including other universities, industry and government entities, and related associations and professional bodies, that contribute to the profile of the Institute and build its reputation.
  • We are looking for someone with….

  • A doctoral qualification or equivalent in a related field.
  • Proven experience in academic leadership and management in a higher education or research environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure research funding opportunities and research partnerships.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering gender equity in the workplace.
  • Experience working with government and industry
  • To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Michele Willson, Head of School, School of Design and the Built Environment at [email protected]

    About us The School of Design and the Built Environment (DBE) in the Faculty of Humanities embraces study that challenges and empowers students and staff to engage in taking informed action toward achieving brighter human futures in the domains of Sustainable, Global, Indigenous, and Learning Futures. The School of DBE is committed to developing deep partnerships with the communities and industries we serve. Ranking in the top 100 in the world for Architecture and Built Environment (QS 2022), the School of DBE spans disciplines in architecture and construction management, geography, urban and regional planning, and the creative industries along with the Curtin Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP).

    Curtin is a friendly place where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are a part of everyday life. We offer generous superannuation and salary packaging benefits. We are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities. Our vibrant campus includes a gym, childcare, a medical centre, an art gallery, endless food options including a full-range grocer, beautiful gardens, end-of-trip facilities, accessible parking, and excellent public transport connections.

    We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of diverse gender, sex and sexuality, people with disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    We strongly encourage people who identify as female, women and/ or are gender diverse to apply for this role as we grow the diversity of our community at our CUSP Institute.

    For more information about our university, please visit www.

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    Please provide a cover letter and your CV to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

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    Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, and undergo character, integrity, and reference checks.

    The term is being offered as up to 5 years (negotiable) As this is a fixed term contract role, you will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role.

    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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