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We're looking for a Department Manager

Department Manager

  • 551043
  • Canberra / ACT, ACT, Australia, 2601
  • Continuing (Contingent Funded)
  • Closing on: Jun 2 2023

Classification: ANU Officer 8 (Administration)
Salary package:  $107,263 - $114,700 plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funded) (Up to 3 years)

  • Fantastic opportunity to work in a vibrant area surrounded by passionate academics and professional staff.
  • Support meaningful and impactful research in the Pacific
  • Build relationships with stakeholders across research, government and development partner communities


About Us

The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. The College hosts the largest number of regional experts and specialist academic programs in the English-speaking world, and plays a vital role in informing public policy and Australia's intellectual engagement with the societies, cultures and economies of Asia and the Pacific.

CAP is the centre of excellence for understanding human development and organisation in Asia and the Pacific, and addressing the cultural, economic, environmental, political and societal dimensions of global challenges.

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The Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (Bell School) is a world-leading centre for research, education, and policy analysis on international and Asia Pacific politics, security, diplomacy, and strategic affairs. The School comprises a number of vibrant, interdisciplinary, intellectual communities: the Department of International Relations, the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, the Department of Political and Social Change, and the Department of Pacific Affairs.

The Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) is a vibrant research unit, comprising over 20 academics and some 35 PhD students, situated in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. DPA is the leading international centre for applied research into contemporary governance issues in the broader Pacific. In addition to its scholarly goals, DPA maintains a strong commitment to active engagement with policy communities in the region and Australia.

DPA is the lead partner in the consortium delivering Pacific Research Program – Phase 2 (PRP II). Co-funded by DFAT and the consortium partners’ parent bodies, PRP II (2022-26) will generate and disseminate independent Pacific-focused research as a regional public good, and support stronger evidence-based policy making in the Pacific by working to foster stronger research practice and deeper research-to-knowledge engagement.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a Departmental Manager to lead in the implementation of our many and varied research projects, outreach activities and education offerings. This role involves managing multiple projects with conflicting priorities and timelines and communicating effectively with diverse audiences to ensure projects are delivered on time and to a high standard. The Departmental Manager will report to the Department Head and work closely with the Senior PRP Manager, other DPA professional staff and college staff.


In this role, you will:

  • Contribute to DPA’s budget management, in close collaboration with the PRP Senior Program Manager, including for ANU and external funding sources, and provide reliable budget information to DPA’s leadership team.
  • Manage the implementation of a range of DPA research education and outreach activities, in collaboration with the PRP Senior Program Manager, at a high level, acting as the conduit between executive and the broader professional staff team.
  • Provide support to Department staff to respond to requests from external stakeholders, including government, the donor community, Australian and regional parliaments, the NGO community, consulting agencies, managing contractors and the media within Australia and the region;
  • Provide inputs into program design, particularly in relation to their accordance with ANU operating policies and procedures;
  • Draft various DPA-specific business documents such as grant applications, bid and tenders documents, providing feedback to the authors as needed; and
  • Communicate clearly with partner institutions regarding various ANU guidelines and policies, payment timelines, financial reporting requirements, and research ethics best-practice applicable to them.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will show close attention to detail, have relevant qualifications in project management, Pacific politics or capacity building and demonstrated experience in foreign aid, university systems, project and financial reporting. To excel in this role you will also have extensive experience in working within diverse and dynamic teams to manage research projects from design and implementation through to reporting, monitoring and evaluation. People of Pacific Island heritage are strongly encouraged to apply.


To enquire about this opportunity, please contact the PRP Lead of DPA, Nicole Haley – +61261250408 |

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access

Increasing the representation of women, First Nations people and persons from diverse gender, ability, cultural and linguistic backgrounds is a strategic priority for the College of Asia and the Pacific. We strongly encourage applications from these groups.

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on  

ANU is a large, diverse employer. We are a recipient of the bronze award through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program and a platinum member of the Australian Network on Disability. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities and from individuals who may have had a non-linear career path, career gaps or career breaks. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit


How to Apply

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

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria (No more than 750 Words)
  • 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.
  • 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, 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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