Director, Social and Global Studies Centre

RMIT University - School of Global, Urban & Social Studies

  • Convenient CBD Location.
  • Full-Time, fixed-term (3 years), contract variation with an underlying ongoing position.
  • $136,906-$176,353 p.a + 17% Superannuation.

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design, and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching, and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

Commencing in 2018, the Social and Global Studies Centre brings together the work of RMIT’s Centre for Global Research and Centre for Applied Social Research. The research of this newly formed research centre will be focused on the analysis of the transformation of societies across the globe in areas including: migration, mobility, and social diversity; conflict, peace-building, and security; humanitarianism, development, and governance; gender, violence, and inequality; housing and homelessness; health, medicine, and society; crime and justice; language, culture, and social institutions; and social policy and practice. The Centre will be globally engaged, nationally informed, and locally relevant, and its work will be grounded in academic, political, policy, and practice debates with direct application to social justice and equity.

The Role and Your Responsibilities

The Director, Social and Global Studies Centre will have a key role in shaping the new research centre. This exciting opportunity will involve working with staff to build performance and outcomes in applied research in social sciences and humanities disciplines and promote the work of the centre to industry and the community. The Director will also be responsible for fostering research communities of practice, including HDR candidates, and facilitating engagement and collaboration with external partners and across programs and disciplines to deliver research excellence and impact.

Skills & Experience

The successful applicant will have the ability to develop, lead, and deliver major research initiatives and have a significant research track record in a relevant area. Strong leadership skills and experience in managing teams and projects in a collegiate environment are essential. You will have strong industry networks and relationships and detailed knowledge of current industry trends. Your ability to communicate, negotiate, and build relationships with senior executives and external bodies along with your experience in financial, governance, and quality management systems within a university will be key to your success in this role. A PhD in a relevant discipline is mandatory.

To Apply

For further information please contact Suellen Murray, Associate Dean - R&I via email ( or phone (note - limited response over Christmas period: +61 3 9925 3929) or to view a position description visit and search using job reference #559135. 

Applications close 5pm on Thursday 18 January 2018.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. 

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RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.


Application close: 18 Jan 2018 5:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time.

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