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Program Manager (ANU Below Zero Initiative)

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Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Professional

Classification: Senior Manager 2

Classification: Senior Manager 2

Salary: Competitive Remuneration Offered

Terms: Full time, Fixed Term (24 Months)

  • Deliver a transformational change at the Australian National University
  • Establish a program of work to support the University’s goal of becoming carbon negative
  • Work alongside a wide variety of Academic and Professional colleagues to coordinate activity and ensure achievement of strategic outcomes
  • Competitive remuneration package

Position overview

Currently ANU directly and indirectly emits significant quantities of greenhouse gases (GHGs), directly contributing to climate change. The ANU Below Zero initiative aims to transition the University from being part of the problem to becoming part of the solution – from a source of GHGs to a net absorber of GHGs.

ANU is in a unique position to lead societal transformation by combining on-campus climate action with our world-leading climate and energy research and teaching to develop innovative solutions at an institutional level. The University has the capacity to promote these innovations and provide leadership to other organisations in Australia and worldwide. The University is exploring options for how we can become greenhouse gas emission negative.

The ANU Below Zero initiative requires a Program Manager to provide strategic direction, expertise and leadership in the delivery, management and coordination of the initiative, ensuring it is delivered on budget; within agreed timeframes; in accordance with appropriate governance, controls and quality assurance; and achieving the strategic and operational objectives of the University. This role works within the Office of the Chief Operating Officer and works collaboratively with the Director, the Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions. 

To be effective in this role, you will have sound knowledge of local and global trends in net GHG emissions reductions options and an ability to develop appropriate organisational strategy manage risks and take advantage of opportunities. You will be an exceptional communicator, collaborator and networker who can successfully build and nurture relationships with key stakeholders across the University and external service providers.

We strongly encourage and support applications from Indigenous Australians for this role.

ANU is an advocate for continuous learning and professional development, and will provide mentoring and support to those candidates wanting to adapt their existing administrative and/or management experience and strategic communications skills to the exciting world of higher education.

Candidate Enquiries: Dom Haywood, Chief of Staff E: T: +61 (0)2 6125 4523. 

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit 

Application information 

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

  • A two (2) page statement (maximum) addressing your suitability for the role against the position description with relevance to the selection criteria;
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)  

As part of the selection process, shortlisted candidates may be required to participate in face-to-face interviews and secondary stakeholder meetings as needed.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country.  

Position Description & Selection Criteria

Advertised: AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: AUS Eastern Standard Time

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