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Director of Australian Forest and Wood Innovations

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Work type: Full time
Location: Launceston
Categories: Management

  • Lead AFWI creation, development, and execution with visionary leadership.
  • Collaborate with industry and research partners to develop AFWI’s purpose.
  • Develop an inclusive workplace, promoting equity and diversity.

The Opportunity

The Director will work to establish and achieve the University of Tasmania’s Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI) goals. Funded through $101.5m of Federal Government support with co-funding from UTAS and research, State Government and industry stakeholders, this role offers the opportunity to:

  • Lead the implementation of strategic directions, vision, and culture of AFWI articulated in the AFWI Strategic Plan.
  • Guide transformational innovation by aligning academic research abilities with industry objectives to deliver outcomes to improve the sustainability of the Australian forestry and forest products industries.
  • Develop and sustain strong national and international relationships between the forestry, forest products sector, universities, government, and the wider community.
  • Develop an understanding of changes in national policy and global forestry research trends, linking them to AFWI and UTAS strategic goals.
  • Promote productive research collaborations within and outside AFWI to support its strategies and priorities.
  • Manage staff effectively to ensure that AFWI operations and management practices support and comply with contractual and compliance obligations.

About the University

The University of Tasmania is building a vision of a place-based University with a mission to enhance the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural future of Tasmania, and from Tasmania, contribute to the world in areas of distinctive advantage. Our respect for place means that we feel education should strengthen people’s connection to their community. That is why we deliver our courses in a regionally networked way, enabling everyone to access the education they need to grow and strengthen their communities. In doing this we respond to the particular needs and challenges of our regions.

What’s Required

As a strategically minded and transformational leader, you will guide and manage a large research effort to improve the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the Australian forestry and forest products industries. You will have:

  • A highly developed understanding of the forestry and forest products sector in Australia
  • Demonstrated ability to put strategy into action to deliver the requirements of the funding agreement between the Commonwealth and the University
  • A proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships and strategies to leverage resources and deliver highly positive impacts.
  • Exhibited holistic decision-making expertise to manage and guide research collaborations across research institutions, industry, and stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, guide and inspire large groups of people including general staff and researchers.
  • Proven strategic planning expertise in taking the initiative to seize opportunities in managing, allocating and building resources in line with AFWI present and future objectives.

What’s on Offer?

The University of Tasmania is one of the largest employers in the State and people are at the heart of everything we do. By joining the University joining the University, you’ll have access to staff benefits and discounts for health, fitness, accommodation, and banking to name a few.

Based at our Newnham campus in Launceston, this role is a full-time fixed-term contract for four years. Appointment to this role will be either at Academic Level E or as a Senior Management role and offers salary packaging options and relocation support. Appointment at Academic level E will have a total remuneration package of up to $231,152 comprising a base salary within the range of $193,693 to $197,566 plus 17% superannuation.  Appointment as a Senior Manager offers a competitive base salary in addition to 17% superannuation.

Belong - Be You

People are at the heart of everything we do. Our workplace vision is to ensure that our people feel encouraged and enabled to bring their whole selves to our workplaces. We foster diversity and inclusion, for our communities to come together in ways that empower connection, learning, belonging and growth.

We celebrate the strength that diversity brings. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community. Tell us how we can make this job work for you. 

Considering a move to Tasmania to take up this opportunity?

Offering a breath of fresh air, our island State’s wild landscapes, unique towns and fascinating history have something for everyone. Tasmania has crafted a unique brand of creativity and adventure; case in point: world-famous MONA and the exceptional mountain bike tracks of Derby. Our world-famous food and wine provide an abundance of fresh seafood, family-run wineries and distilleries, and culinary experiences celebrating farm-fresh produce.

How to Apply?

If this role is of interest, we look forward to hearing from you.

  • Please provide your up-to-date resume.
  • Cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role.
  • Your responses to the success criteria from the Position Description below.

Download File Position Description - Director of Australian Forest and Wood Innovations.pdf

For further information about this position, please contact Julianne O'Reilly-Wapstra via    

Applications close at 11:55 pm, Sunday 7th  January 2024

COVID-19 Update:  The University of Tasmania strongly encourages employees to maintain COVID-19 vaccination in line with relevant Australian Government health advice.

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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