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Jobs

1. Director, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement

Full time, 2-year fixed term (renewable subject to funding)

Attractive base salary and 9.5% superannuation

The incumbent will lead communications and stakeholder engagement, including the provision of high quality and responsive information for the Centre’s Senior Management. develops approaches to engagement, collaboration, and innovation that creates improved value for the Centre and its various stakeholders.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the incumbent will develop approaches to engagement, collaboration, and innovation that creates improved values for the Centre and its various stakeholders. The incumbent will ideally have previous experience working in a Think Tank environment and/or University context as well a good media network.

About you

The Centre values are Accountability & Integrity; Excellence & Professionalism; and Trust & Discipline. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Director who is:

  1. Mission focused – Separates one's own interests from organizational interests in order to make the best possible judgments for the organization.
  2. Results-driven – Develops relationships to drive resources and results.
  3. A collaborator – Focused on shared goals and has the necessary skills to deliver on the Centre’s overarching strategy.
  4. A brand steward – Internalises the values of the USSC and consistently acts according to those values and purpose.

For full details and to apply please visit the Univerity of Sydney jobs page.

Applications close: 11.30pm, Monday 3 February 2020

2. Government and Corporate Affairs Officer

Full time, 2-year fixed term (renewable subject to funding)

$70K per annum (negotiable) plus 9.5% super

The primary role of the incumbent will be to support the Centre’s engagement at both the state and Federal level of Governments as well as within the Corporate sector. This will primarily be in the form of stewardship activities.

Reporting to the Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, the incumbent will support the Centre in planning and executing a comprehensive, proactive stakeholder engagement strategy that advances the Centre’s mission and goals with elected officials as well as corporate constituents interested in supporting the Centre’s research. 

About you

The Centre values Accountability & Integrity; Excellence & Professionalism; and Trust & Discipline. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Government & Corporate Affairs Officer who is:

  1. Mission focused – Separates one's own interests from organizational interests in order to make the best possible judgments for the organization.
  2. Results-driven – Develops relationships to drive resources and results.
  3. A collaborator – Focused on shared goals and has the necessary skills to deliver on the Centre’s overarching strategy.
  4. A brand steward – Internalises the values of the USSC and consistently acts according to those values and purpose.

For full details and to apply please visit the Univerity of Sydney jobs page.

Applications close: 11:30pm, Monday 3 February 2020

3. Research Associate, Foreign Policy and Defence Program

Full-time fixed-term position 1-year (opportunity for extension subject to funding)

Salary $60-70K (determined based on experience)

The United States Studies Centre is recruiting a Research Associate to contribute to the work of the Foreign Policy and Defence Program. The Research Associate will assist the Program Director with all aspects of the program, providing research, policy outreach and administrative support.

As an integral member of our expanding Foreign Policy and Defence team, the successful applicant will be immersed in the research, policy outreach activities and major events of one of Australia’s leading think tanks. They will work across the following priority areas: US and Australian strategic policy; Indo-Pacific strategy; allies and partnerships; defence policy and force posture; military, security, diplomatic, geoeconomic and geopolitical issues; and deterrence and counter-coercion.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Research in support of program publications, including empirical and data work
  • Tracking policy and current affairs developments in priority areas
  • Contributing to the delivery of Track 1.5 meetings and other program activities
  • Supporting program engagement with US, Australian and regional stakeholders
  • Assistance with editing, event management, reporting and other administrative tasks

This position offers a unique opportunity for an early career researcher and/or international affairs professional to develop their applied research, project management and outreach skills as part of a dynamic team; and to deepen subject matter expertise in foreign policy and defence. It offers room for professional advancement in the think tank industry; and highly transferrable skills for careers in public service, project management, academia, policy research and strategic communications.

Applicants should have a background and/or demonstrated interest in foreign policy and defence issues, including the role of the United States in the Indo-Pacific region. They should also possess a relevant degree and related work experience. We welcome applicants with Honours and/or Masters degrees. Preference will be given to applicants who can independently manage administrative and research tasks; have strong research, writing and communication skills; and have one or more years of experience in research, think tanks, government or other related roles.

Submission:

  • Expression of interest (max. 1-page)
  • CV or resumé (max. 3-pages)
  • Contact details for two referees
  • Writing sample (max. 10-pages)

To apply, or if you have any questions: ussc.fpd@sydney.edu.au

Applicants must hold the right to work in Australia.

Applications close 11.30pm, Monday 3 February 2020

4. Research Administrator

Full-time fixed-term position 1-year (opportunity for extension subject to funding)

Salary $65K plus 9.5% super

The United States Studies Centre is recruiting a Research Administrator to contribute across the centre's three research verticals. The Research Administrator will report to the Senior Fellow and Advisor. The incumbent will contribute to the Centre’s research programs through:

  • Research tasks, including but not limited to drafting research notes; tracking developments in priority areas; compiling and refining data for program reports; fact-checking publications; with opportunities for developing expertise and contributing to program publications or shorter analysis pieces.
  • Administrative tasks, including but not limited to liaising with key stakeholders and VIPs on events and research projects; working with internal USSC teams; preparing agendas and other documents for activities; managing program reporting, schedules and travel; upkeeping databases; and other tasks as directed.

This position offers a unique opportunity for an early career researcher and/or international affairs professional to develop their applied research, project management and outreach skills as part of a dynamic and diverse team; and to deepen subject matter expertise in a wide array of matters relating to the United States and Australia. It offers room for professional advancement in the think tank industry; and highly transferrable skills for careers in public service, project management, academia, policy research and strategic communications.

For full details and to apply please visit the Univerity of Sydney jobs page.

Applications close: 11:30pm, Monday 3 February 2020

5. Database Administrator

Part-time (0.4FTE), 1-year fixed term (renewable subject to funding)

Attractive base salary and 9.5% super

Reporting to the Digital and Creative Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for maintaining and developing processes within the Centre’s stakeholder engagement database (currently SalesForce). The incumbent will have excellent technical and communication skills who can interface directly with internal stakeholders to understand their various user group needs in order to administer and enhance the system accordingly.

For full details and to apply please visit the Univerity of Sydney jobs page.

Applications close: 11:30pm, Monday 3 February 2020

Casual tutors

If you are interested in a role as a casual tutor for the United States Studies Centre, please fill out the Casual Tutor Expression of Interest form. See our unit of study pages for more information on what we teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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