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Engagement & Impact Lead

Apply now Job no: 541830
Work type: Continuing
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Professional

Classification: Senior Manager 1

Classification: Senior Manager 1

Salary package: $115,689 - 121,216 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Term: Full time, continuing

  • Be part of the launch of a new School of Cybernetics at the Australian National University
  • Support the establishment of innovative, interdisciplinary, outwardly focused programs blending education, research and engagement
  • Collaboratively develop and implement strategies to launch and run a new ANU School

College overview   

The Australian National University (ANU) College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) is a vibrant and diverse community of more than three thousand students, staff, and visitors. Our College is comprised of three schools: the School of Computing, School of Cybernetics, and School of Engineering, supported by the Professional Services Group. We aim to bring together expertise in social, technical, ecological and scientific systems to build a new approach. In the College, we draw on our disciplinary foundations to find and solve problems of global importance. Our people build on our traditional world-class expertise and take it in creative, unconventional directions. Through the Reimagine investment, we have the privilege and the responsibility to build a new legacy for the University, the country, and even the world. We will deliver on our mission by building a strong community, providing transformative educational experiences, conducting high-impact research, seeking meaningful engagement, and becoming a resilient organisation post COVID-19. Join us in shaping a new intellectual agenda to reimagine engineering, computing, and the use of technology in the world.

The School of Cybernetics is the first new school established at the ANU in the 21st Century. The School will build on the foundational work of the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Innovation Institute (3Ai), and also develop capacity in systems and design. Cybernetics is at the heart of the work of the school as a tool that sparks new ways of thinking and possibilities for the future. We focus on systems as a unit of analysis and driver of action for industries working with complexity and we are generating new approaches to shape the future through and with technology. The school creates programs that blend education, research and engagement, giving staff the opportunity to create new ways of working, to imagine something different, built on a diverse, inclusive culture.

Position overview

This position is a full time continuing position to contribute to the School's Strategic Services cluster. The Engagement and Impact Lead sits within the School of Cybernetics, reporting directly to the Strategic Services Lead. They are responsible for leading and managing the engagement portfolio within the School and is an active member of the School senior leadership team. The Engagement and Impact Lead will be responsible for the School’s business development and external engagement portfolio and is expected to lead the development, negotiation and management of industry, collaborative and broader engagement opportunities and strategies for the School, working collaboratively with the School Leadership Team.

The Engagement and Impact Lead will develop and maintain close working relationships with the College Dean, CECS School Directors and Executive Committee as well as academic and professional staff within the College and across the University. They will cultivate and maintain relationships with external research partners, industry, government, philanthropists, and the wider community and also consult and liaise with a variety of internal stakeholders including staff, students and visitors, working in partnership with colleagues across the University.

A key element of the role is to support the attraction to the School of high-profile academics (or those with the potential for high profile), and build a profile that is diversified and self-sustaining over the long-term. The staff member is expected to contribute cooperatively to the overall intellectual life of their ANU, the College and University.

To enquire about these positions please contact Maia Gould, Strategic Services Lead of the School of Cybernetics,

ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. The University actively encourages applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, it is policy in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science to require selection panels to seek a gender balance when compiling shortlists of candidates for interview. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

The ANU provides attractive benefits and excellent support to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offers generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid vacation per year, assistance with relocation expenses and 17% employer contribution to superannuation. This also includes generous parental leave, the possibility of flexible and part time working arrangements, a parental and aged care support program, dual career hire programs, ANU school holiday programs, and childcare facilities on campus. For more information, please visit

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • A statement about Cybernetics. This can be any format.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate must have rights to live and work in this country and will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process.  An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results. 

Position Description & Selection Criteria

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Updated:  01 February 2019/Responsible Officer:  Director Human Resources /Page Contact:  HR Systems