Deputy Director, China Studies Centre

DVC Research Portfolio
University of Sydney

Applications close 8 March 2020. Reference No: 204/0120F

  • Pivotal role in framing the strategic direction of the China Studies Centre
  • Located in Camperdown/ Darlington Campus
  • Full-time fixed term contract, 9 months, base salary from $106K – $126K p.a. + superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Deputy Director will support the Acting Director in carrying out the Centre’s strategic plan, helping to manage and refine the Centre’s key relationships across the university’s community of research, as well as with industry and community partners working on or with China.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • assist in managing the Centre’s day to day affairs, liasing with academics and the University’s professional stasff to ensure the effective delivery of CSC programs
  • assist managing the CSC teram to ensure the Centre is working efficiently and effectively
  • develop and deliver a program of research seminars, workships and other academic events
  • oversee the delivery of the Centre’s communications and marketing strategy
  • conduct quality research related to China, including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and overseas Chinese communities
  • decvelop and deliver support activities for the Centre’s HDR and ECR members
  • collaborate with relevant units within the University to facilitate student mobility to China
  • develop public engagement activities to raise the profile of the Centre within the wider community.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Deputy Director who demonstrates:

  • experience in strategic planning, event organising and project management for a research-led context
  • capacity to conduct quality research related to China (here including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and overseas Chinese communities)
  • high level problem-solving skills and proven ability managing a broad range of competing demands
  • strong native or equivalent English writing (experience of variety of writing genres/contexts highly regarded, e.g. web/print, magazines, reviews – not only academic writing)
  • confidence in representing the Centre to key internal and external stakeholders, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • proficiency in one or more Chinese languages (knowledge of another Asian language highly regarded)
  • experience living and/or working in China or Asia
  • a relevant doctoral qualification or commensurate experience.

About us

The University of Sydney China Studies Centre commenced operations in January 2011. It was established to provide coordination and direction to the study of China and Chinese culture at the University.

As one of the University’s Multidisciplinary Initiatives, the Centre currently has over 300 academic members, in addition to student and associate members, drawn from every faculty, across 20 disciplines. In this way, the Centre fosters a multidisciplinary research engagement on and with China that is one of the largest, richest community’s of China expertise in Australia.

The Centre supports research and study of China, including through an annual grant program, regular seminars, professionalisation workshops, field trips and an international visiting fellow program. It also has a dedicated role engaging industry, government and the community in activities concerned with China, both in China and Australia. The Centre organises academic activities regarding China for a broad academic community and interested public, contributing to Australia’s knowledge of and engagement with China and the Chinese community.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.We’re Australia’s first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 204/0120F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11.30pm, Sunday 8 March 2020 Sydney Time

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.