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Head of College

Lead the operations of a contemporary University College and shape its future with strategic vision and a diversity focus.
  • Innovate and guide the College’s future through visionary planning.
  • Drive inclusivity, diversity and academic excellence for students and alumni.
  • Advocate for the College in external forums and settings.

The Organisation

Queen’s College Melbourne, one of the four founding residential colleges affiliated with the University of Melbourne, has been a prominent institution since its establishment in 1887. Situated on College Crescent adjacent to the University, the College embraces values of inclusivity and diversity, catering to students of all faiths and backgrounds. Today, the College is operated by Queen’s College Melbourne Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, with the Uniting Church of Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania as its sole member.

The Role

Commencing in January 2025 as Head of College, you will assume a crucial leadership role enhancing the quality and experience of the academic learning community, elevating the College’s standing among alumni (the Wyverns), the University of Melbourne, and the broader community, and ensuring its long-term sustainability.

The Head of College is entrusted with overarching responsibilities spanning academic, pastoral, commercial, and community leadership. This role encompasses the development and execution of the College’s Strategic Plan, efficient management of financial, physical, and personnel resources, and oversight of budgetary processes and strategic risk management practices.

You will lead the executive team comprising the Dean and Deputy Head, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Advancement, and Director of IT with a total staff complement of approximately 35 FTE. The student cohort comprises 300 students, all living in and many experiencing their first time living away from home.

Academically, you will play a pivotal role in overseeing the selection of students, the appointment of tutors and the award of scholarships, as well as fostering academic excellence and leading intellectual programs, including the College’s Sugden Institute’s exploration of contemporary public issues.

Your pastoral responsibilities will involve liaising with student clubs and societies, actively participating in daily student life, and supporting diversity initiatives. Externally, you will be the College’s advocate, representing it in various forums, leading philanthropic and advancement activities, and engaging with donors and alumni.

Expectations for 2025-2030

Looking ahead to 2030, Queen’s College aspires to maintain its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and academic excellence. The vision includes a focus on Indigenous and less privileged students, a sustainable and energy-efficient campus, and financial sustainability achieved through philanthropy and advancement.

The Person

Queen’s College is seeking a dynamic leader with a proven track record of innovation applicable to an education setting. The successful candidate will possess both a strong vision for the College, and the ability to translate that vision into effective strategies. Exceptional communication skills and heightened advocacy skills are essential elements.

The ideal candidate will have a passion to make a difference to the lives of young people.

An attractive remuneration package is on offer, including on-college accommodation. The Head of College will be required to reside in premises provided within the College grounds, desirably with family members where applicable.

To Apply

For a confidential discussion or further information regarding the position, please contact René Johnson, Managing Director at Pacific Search Partners on +61 3 96311500 and to request a copy of the information pack please email

Applications close on Sunday March 12, 2024

Queen’s College is an equal opportunity employer, and applications from diverse backgrounds are encouraged.

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Chief Operating Officer

SSA provides opportunity & greater access for Indigenous students across Australia to a unique, new model of schooling for the secondary years.
  • Outstanding Chief Operating Officer role – work-from-home & on site (Kimberley region of WA)
  • Ground-breaking concept – Federal Government funded
  • First Nations community education focus

SSA’s vision is to provide opportunity and greater access for Indigenous students across Australia to a unique, new model of schooling for the secondary years. In partnership with local Indigenous communities, SSA will build a “system” of Studio Schools based on the proven success of the Yiramalay/Wesley Studio School in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Four new Studio Schools are proposed to be established over the next three years which will be supported by a dedicated Teacher Education and Resource Centre on country. Critically, the Studio School model provides a choice for Indigenous families to access quality education on country furthering the principle of self-determination as enshrined in the UN Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples.

The role

Due to recent and significant Federal Government funding, SSA is looking to appoint an experienced COO with a proven track record for providing strategic leadership across all Business areas of SSA including, but not limited to overseeing the successful completion of significant capex works (approx. $300m+) over a 3-5 year period.

Key accountabilities


  • Provide strategic leadership across all Business areas of SSA to ensure the effective implementation of the organisation’s goals and objectives.

Project Management & Delivery

  • Oversee the SSA annual Workplan, its monitoring and reporting to the SSA Board and Government.
  • Collaborate with project teams to define project scope, goals, and deliverables.
  • Implement project management best practices to ensure timely and successful project delivery.

Construction & Facilities Management

  • Oversee the project planning, construction and project delivery of all new schools, and capital projects at existing schools, ensuring they meet organizational standards and requirements.

Risk Management

  • Oversee the SSA Risk Register and its monitoring and reporting to the SSA Board and Government
  • Develop and implement risk management strategies to identify and mitigate potential risks.

Work, Health & Safety

  • Ensure compliance with national WHS regulations and standards.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to maintain a safe and healthy working environment.
  • Foster a culture of safety awareness and compliance among staff and stakeholders.

Accordingly, you will have the following broad skills:

Construction/Project leadership

  • Proven experience in a senior leadership role, preferably as a Chief Operating Officer/Project Director in a similar capacity.
  • Proven track record leading and managing multi-disciplinary project teams to deliver medium to large scale complex or high-risk projects (experience within both the client-side space and contractor space preferred),
  • High level skill in fostering a safe and inclusive work environment.

Business and commercial skills

  • Highly developed interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills,
  • Experience as an executive leader, and the ability to engage with and build effective relationships across a broad stakeholder group,
  • Experience working with Indigenous organisations and an understanding of Australian Indigenous culture,
  • Resilient, open and experienced professional with strong problem-solving skills, adaptable and flexible style and committed to Closing the Gap,
  • Strong commercial acumen and analytical problem-solving skills,.
  • Business Management degree and/or a tertiary qualification in a construction related discipline as well as technical construction capability across a range of sectors,

The COO can be based in any capital city and must be able to work-from-home and travel regularly to all remote and very remote SSA school sites, and for Board commitments, as required.

We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from other cultural backgrounds.

Due to Australian immigration regulations, applicants must have Australian working rights. Applicants will be required to provide a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC), all appointments at Studio Schools Australia are subject to child protection legislation and pre-employment screening.

For a confidential discussion with the advising consultant, René Johnson, please phone +61 3 9631 1500.

Applications closing Sunday March 10 2024.

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Managing Director

Lead MLA's red meat initiatives, spearheading innovation and sustainability for impactful industry change.

Meat & Livestock Australia is a public company limited by guarantee, comprising over 50,000 levy paying members across Australia, from the cattle, sheep and goat meat industries. It services the red meat industry through innovative research, development and adoption programs and effective domestic and international marketing and market development programs.

MLA’s purpose is to deliver world leading outcomes that fuel global competitiveness, sustainability and producer profitability.

Applications closed Friday 2nd February 2024

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Executive Director

The Australian Farm Institute is an independent Institute leading farm policy discussion for Australian Agriculture

The Australian Farm Institute (AFI) is an independent Institute leading farm policy discussion for Australian Agriculture. It was established to conduct research into public policy issues impacting the Australian farm sector and to promote policy solutions that maximise the economic and social well-being of farmers.

Applications closed Sunday February 4, 2024


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Non-Executive Director

The Foundation is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals for appointment to the Foundation's Board

The Andy Thomas Space Foundation’s mission is to promote social well-being and overcome disadvantage in Australia and to advocate in favour of space as a domain for international cooperation and peaceful co-existence. They will achieve their mission by supporting the outreach and education goals of the Australian Space Agency and by acting as an interface between the space community and the public. This will involve building a culture of entrepreneurship and igniting a curiosity for space and related scientific activities among young Australian.

To learn more about this opportunity or for a confidential discussion with the advising consultant please call +61 3 9631 1500.

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Chief People & Safety Officer

The Chief People & Safety Officer will be a critical leader in shaping and implementing HR and Safety strategies.
  • Help drive Hewitt’s vision of being the World’s most sustainable meat producer
  • Opportunity to influence HR strategy, safety, team growth & talent management
  • Brisbane based role

The Organisation

Hewitt has the power to make meaningful change. Every individual who is a knowledge-seeker with a strong curiosity has the ability to add to their story. Help shape the future and define what’s possible at Hewitt!

Hewitt is the largest integrated supply chain of certified organic meat, with an extensive history in family farming, now boasting over 200,000 livestock across 5.6 million acres of Australia. We are an end-to-end supply chain, spanning from livestock production through to branded-retail ready products, some of which you may have seen on your supermarket shelves.

Our Purpose is “feeding the world with a system that last forever.”

The Role

As the Chief People & Safety Officer, you step into a pivotal leadership role shaping and implementing Hewitt’s human resources and safety strategies. You will have the ability to mould a culture of excellence, safety, and inclusivity. Your strategic expertise will not only guide Hewitt’s journey but also foster collaboration with executive and senior management teams, propelling them toward organisational success.

Strategic Leadership: Craft and execute a comprehensive people and safety strategy. It’s not just about alignment with Hewitt’s mission and values; it’s about creating a roadmap that echoes Hewitt’s commitment to sustainability. As you navigate the ever-evolving landscape, your knack for anticipating HR and Safety-related needs will be the catalyst for innovative solutions. The team, under your leadership, becomes the backbone.

Executive Engagement: As part of the Executive Team and reporting directly to the CEO, you ensure that HR and Safety initiatives seamlessly weave into Hewitt’s broader business strategy. Your strategic guidance to senior management extends beyond meetings, influencing matters related to people and safety, talent acquisition, development, and retention. Your regular communication updates with the executive team provide invaluable insights and recommendations.

HR and Safety Development: Design and implement policies, procedures, and programs to help create a workplace that isn’t just safe but inclusive and engaging. Your eye for metrics and KPIs ensures the effectiveness of initiatives, while your commitment to staying at the forefront of industry trends ensures continual improvement.

Safety and Compliance: Isn’t a box ticking exercise. It’s about developing and maintaining a safety culture across the organisation, ensuring not just compliance but a genuine commitment to all relevant safety regulations. Safety training programs aren’t just routines; they are your tools to minimise workplace accidents and incidents. Regular safety audits and assessments under your leadership aren’t just routine checks; they are strategic actions. Safety is paramount and non-negotiable.

Talent Management:  Workforce planning, recruitment, and onboarding aren’t just processes; they are your efforts to attract and retain top talent.  Performance management, employee relations, and succession planning aren’t just HR functions; they are the keys you hold to Hewitt’s organisational success.

The Person

  • Visionary leader, passionate about shaping organisational culture.
  • Results-oriented, thriving in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Impeccable attention to detail.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Safety Management, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Proven & deep experience in progressive leadership in HR and Safety management roles.
  • Strong knowledge of HR and safety laws, regulations, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, leadership, team management, mentoring and executive engagement.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and drive results.

Embark on a journey of sustainability with Hewitt. This role will be based in Brisbane with regular travel across Hewitt’s various metropolitan, regional & rural sites.

If you’re a visionary leader ready to enhance the employee experience, drive tangible results, passionate about developing people and business, apply now.

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