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Chief Operating Officer

  • 556143
  • Canberra / ACT, ACT, Australia, 2601
  • Fixed Term
  • Closing at: Jun 30 2024 at 23:55 AEST

Classification: Executive
Term: Full-time, Fixed-term (5 years)
Location: Canberra, ACT

Founded in 1946 by the Commonwealth Government, The Australian National University (ANU) was created to be a university comparable with the world’s best. 78 years later, that vision is realised every day, as ANU continues to provide our nation with unparalleled education and research excellence.

Joining ANU as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) is an outstanding senior leadership opportunity for an experienced Executive to make a significant impact on the University’s globally renowned research, education and community engagement outcomes. Our COO partners with the Strategic Leadership Group and General Managers from each of our Academic Colleges to drive innovation and transformation ensuring efficient delivery of high-quality outcomes, promoting better ways of working, and embedding process optimisation into all University activities. By implementing forward-thinking initiatives, the COO will elevate University research, education, and community engagement, lead transformative change, and foster a culture of excellence.


Confidential enquiries:

Korn Ferry is assisting ANU with this appointment. To discuss this opportunity in the strictest of confidence please contact Vana Mikan at at A detailed candidate application pack including position description and selection criteria is available on request.  


Applications close on Sunday, 30 June 2024 at 11:55pm AEST.

Please note, ANU is not accepting applications through this job portal. All applications and enquiries should be directed to

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

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


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