Outreach Manager (FIRST Australia)

Macquarie University
December 11, 2022
Offerd Salary:$109,553 to $121,901
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Working Time:Full time
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Drive and implement the FIRST® Australia progression of programs nationally with the aim of increasing partners and participants, providing superior training, engagement, and outreach events consistent with university strategy.


  • Exciting opportunity to advance STEM education in Australia with FIRST ® Australia

  • Work with science and technology leaders, innovators and educators

  • Progressive flexible working arrangements and career opportunities

  • The Role

    FIRST ® is a key strategic initiative of the University with a national and growing international profile. In collaboration with Macquarie University's Faculty of Science and Engineering, the FIRST ®programs aim to inspire the next generation to choose science and engineering degrees and career pathways. Macquarie University is the home of FIRST ® programs in Australia which includes all aspects of running the programs nationally. This includes but is not limited to coordinating events, training teachers and students, developing curriculum, raising sponsorship, creating innovative programs to increase the number of schools involved and interfacing with partners from around the world.

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering is seeking an experienced Outreach Manager to develop and set the strategic directions for the FIRST ® programs in Australia. This role oversees the development and implementation of the full suite of FIRST ® training programs, the annual schedule of events, outreach activities and initiatives each year. Responsibilities include developing and advancing the reach and impact of the FIRST ® programs both nationally and internationally with the aim of increasing partners and participants. You will oversee the progression of pathways between FIRST ® levels and work to assess, adapt and implement changes from USA headquarters into the Australian market to enable a coherent and sustainable progression of pathways for participants. A key responsibility will be to foster and build connections and partnerships with external stakeholders and industry partners to support the FIRST ® Australia suite of programs.

    About You

    As the successful applicant, you will liaise with prospective or partner schools to maintain or build relationships aimed at increasing participation in FIRST ® activities. You will develop and deliver the suite of FIRST ® training programs (including train-the-trainer programs) to partner organisations and schools. Coordinating and training the volunteers (on or off campus) to ensure completion of activities and appropriate representation of FIRST ® programs and Macquarie University is integral to the role. You will mentor and champion Macquarie University's FIRST ® Robotics team as the flagship and build capability, reputation, and visibility. Working closely with marketing and communications, you will help build the FIRST ® brand. You will create and administer impact surveys for partner schools, collect and analyse data, implement recommendations and produce reports for sponsors or other stakeholders as required.

    About Us

    The Faculty of Science and Engineering is a young and dynamic faculty driven by the spirit of discovery. Here we nurture the next generation of science and technology innovators. From a handful of students on the University's first day, the Faculty now serves nearly 6000 students across all our programs. Our research and teaching addresses the big issues faced by society in Australia and globally – the changing environment, future materials and fuels, biotechnology and cyber security.

    To Apply

    To be considered for this position, applicants must respond to the selection criteria below, and attach this as a separate document in the application process along with their curriculum vitae.

  • A degree or qualification and equivalent experience in Science, Engineering, Business Administration or a similar discipline.

  • Knowledge of the education sector in Australia and internationally.

  • Knowledge of how people learn and how to develop programs and activities to enhance and promote the learning experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan at both strategic and operational levels with strong organisational skills to ensure the delivery and implementation of operations and services.

  • Proven ability to provide leadership and encourage a collaborative and cooperative work environment across a variety of stakeholders.

  • Exceptional relationship management skills with the demonstrated ability to develop effective strategic and operational relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

  • Strong customer service focus and ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders.

  • Strong negotiation skills.

  • Proven ability to exercise initiative and autonomous judgement.

  • Desired

  • Knowledge of the external market and context relevant to FIRST ® Robotics.

  • Working knowledge of the full suite of FIRST ® programs globally and in Australia.

  • Knowledge of both local and international pathways to Macquarie University Degree's.

  • Specific Requirements

  • Domestic and international travel is a requirement of this position.

  • Working with children check

  • Criminal history check

  • Salary Package: HEW Level 8 from $109,553 to $121,901 p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

    Appointment Type: Full time, continuing

    Enquiries: Feargal Caley, International Development and Recruitment Manager on feargal.caley@mq.edu.au

    If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

    Applications Close:

    11/12/2022 11:59 PM

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