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Lead Knowledge Broker

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Work type: Full time
Location: Launceston
Categories: Management, Farming, Animals and Conservation

Lead Knowledge Broker


  • Exciting opportunity to work in a nationally significant program and link research with activities that develop resilience to climate change across Tasmania
  • Make a difference to increase the adoption of drought-resilience practices, and impact on the agriculture and food sector locally and nationally
  • Based in Launceston
  • Full-time flexible, fixed term 3 years


The Opportunity

The Tasmanian Adoption and Innovation Hub for Drought Resilience brings together world class researchers, farmers, industry, natural resource managers and traditional custodians to co-design innovative solutions to ensure regional communities are better prepared for, and resilient to, future droughts. The hub has key nodes in Hobart and Launceston and will provide places for collaboration throughout Tasmania through our extensive regional network of partners. We will connect with multi- disciplinary expertise from all UTAS Colleges and the research community to address local adoption, research, and innovation priorities.  The operations of the hub are located within the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) at UTAS. 


The Lead Knowledge Broker will have proven stakeholder management skills to facilitate new relationships and networks, as well as build on existing networks for engagement and knowledge transfer. This role is critical to the Hub’s success to facilitate connections, information and capability flows within and across hubs and other programs. The successful incumbent will apply the Hub’s co-design principles to shape how work is organised to reveal questions that require answers by science and to shape how different knowledges can be brought together to be utilised. 


Key Accountabilities

  • Lead the Knowledge Co-Design Team and recruit services to support communications, capacity building (extension, facilitation, training) and MEL (monitoring, evaluation and learning).
  • Work closely with the Hub Director to facilitate development and management of the Hub’s Operational Plan.
  • Communicate the Hub's processes, outputs and outcomes to diverse audiences, including tangible benefits that address drought resilience.
  • Respond to requests from the Drought Minister or Department to provide advice and/or information about the Hub’s activities.
  • Facilitate connections, and the sharing of information, between the Hub and other Hubs, other FDF programs, and other sources of knowledge nationally and internationally.
  • Work in partnership with the Director and the Hub Steering Committee to deliver outcomes on the Hub’s strategy.


Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate:

  • A post-graduate degree, or equivalent combination of relevant experience and training
  • A sound understanding of contemporary systems perspectives on innovation, sustainability transitions and/or research impact.
  • A working knowledge of and, ideally, practical experience in the design and/or delivery of project or program monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) related to agri-food innovation.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and develop relationships with a diverse range of collaborators, including state and/or federal governments, using contemporary media and appropriate styles of writing and oral presentation.
  • Ability to co-operate with others to achieve organisational objectives and to build trust and reciprocity with other teams including those in partner organisations.
  • Proven negotiation, influencing and strong analytical skills, with well developed, judgement and decision-making skills.


Benefits of working within TIA include:

  • Self-directed and independent role working across Tasmania
  • Diverse regions to work across i.e. the types of land systems, land management approaches, and variety of land managers.
  • Diversity in the work role from office work to field work and engagement with grower groups and other stakeholders.
  • Vibrant and enthusiastic not for profit organisation with clear vision for the future.



Appointment to this role will be at HEO 10 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $142,996 comprising base salary within the range of $120,412 to $122,219 plus 17% superannuation. Relocation package available.


How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide your CV and 1-2-page cover letter outlining your interest in the role, skills, capabilities and experience.  You do not need to separately address the selection criteria.
  • For further information about this position, please contact Dr Kathy Evans, Director Adoption and Innovation Hub for Drought Resilience on


 Download File Position Description - Lead Knowledge Broker.pdf

Applications close 11:55pm Wednesday 30 June 2021


To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfill the requirements of this role.

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