Director of Government Relations at SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

  • Key leadership and strategic role in the office of the vice-chancellor
  • Permanent full-time position on our Hawthorn campus
  • Attractive salary package and generous social benefits

About the work

Swinburne embarks on an exciting journey, working towards our new vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Striving to create an environment that offers competitive differentiation and the ability to adapt effectively to an ever-changing world, we are seeking an exemplary leader to take on the role of Director of Government Relations to lead the development of Government Relations, of Swinburne Strategy and Communications. and advocacy plans for specific government relations campaigns and establishes and manages relationships of trust with ministers, members of parliament, officials, supreme bodies, third party advocates and other political influencers.

In this crucial role, you will:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact between the University and local, state and federal governments.
  • Serve to attract investment and foster collaborative partnerships with government, business and major local communities of which Swinburne is a member.
  • Provide regular strategic advice to the Vice-Chancellor, Chief of Staff and Steering Group on Policy Developments, contribute and / or lead proactive and reactive media statements regarding public policy and coordinate the majority of university responses to important inquiries, discussion papers and reports.

You will have experience advising governments on policy and programs and an in-depth understanding of the policy environment in which Australian universities operate, and the ability to capitalize on funding and other opportunities as you move forward. they present themselves.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a young university with a long history. As a dual-sector university of technology, born out of a technical college, we are proud of Swinburne’s technological DNA and our national and global reputation. Our contribution to technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and STEM disciplines, along with our track record of meaningful engagement in industry and community, are natural manifestations of the legacy initiated by our vision. Founders George and Ethel Swinburne in 1902. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational and online education programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

About you

To be successful in this role, you will also need to demonstrate the following:

  • Proven ability to understand and shape the political environment to support the university’s government relations objectives
  • Proven high-level ability to develop strong and supportive cross-functional relationships and partnerships
  • Demonstrated high level negotiation and engagement skills including having a consultative and collaborative style
  • Demonstrated ability to support, develop and advise team members

A complete list of selection criteria is available in the job description.


  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Participate in regular staff and management development programs
  • Discounts on private health insurance

To learn more about the wide range of benefits available to Swinburne employees, please visit Benefits and see the “Benefits” section.

How to apply and more information

To view the job description or to start an application, please click on “apply” or “start” and submit a resume, cover letter and response to key selection criteria as outlined in the job description.

For more information on this position, contact Ny Sok (Senior Recruitment Consultant) by email: [email protected]

If you are having technical difficulties with your application, please contact the recruitment team at [email protected]

Diversity and inclusion

Equity and diversity are integral to achieving our 2025 vision of bringing people and technology together to build a better world. Swinburne is a large, culturally diverse organization and we pride ourselves on our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as:

  • Reconciliation action plan
  • Charter of cultural diversity
  • Australia’s Science Gender Action Plan (SAGE)
  • Swinburne’s LGBTIQA + Pride, Gender Equality, Accessibility and Intergenerational Inclusion Strategies

For more information on all of our initiatives, visit our equity and diversity website. We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Assistance and support

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all of our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements, please contact Maree Norden, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at [email protected] For assistance or questions regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact Timothy Werner at [email protected]

Swinburne offers flexible work options, time off, and parenting / custody policies to support work-life balance.

Orders from the Victoria Minister of Health require all workers in Swinburne to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are an excepted person as defined by the Mandatory Pandemic Vaccination Order 2021 COVID-19 (specified workers) (# 1). All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

Closure of applications for 5 p.m., Friday January 28, 2022

(Agency requests will not be accepted for this position)

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