Ocean Career: Research Program Director at Australian Institute of Marine Science

The Australian Institute of Marine Science is Australia’s tropical marine research agency. We are a trusted advisor, a partner and employer of choice, and we value integrity, innovation, collaboration and respect. AIMS’ research of Australia’s tropical marine ecosystems guides their effective environmental management and contributes to our understanding of similar ecosystems around the world.

Our research seeks to deliver practical benefit to all Australians and supports the sustainable use of our tropical marine estate. Governments, reef managers, industry and the wider community look to our high-quality, long-term research for informed decisions about our iconic Great Barrier Reef, North-West Shelf, and Arafura and Timor Seas. AIMS expert teams at our locations in Townsville, Darwin and Perth have access to world-class infrastructure, unique datasets, cutting-edge laboratories, and a fleet of modern research vessels.

The Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries program delivers science relating to the critical issue of cumulative stressors in a broad range of tropical marine habitats arising from coastal and catchment development, in the context of shelf-scale ecosystem drivers.

About this Exciting Opportunity

As part of the AIMS Leadership Team and reporting to the CEO you will play a key role in the ongoing success and growth of AIMS by developing and implementing a significant research portfolio. You will achieve this by leading effective research planning and management, stakeholder engagement and strategic capability building for future growth and innovation within the Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries Program.

Your leadership will bring multiple science disciplines together across your Program and in collaboration with other AIMS Research Programs, will work to address critical and high-priority science questions and environmental management issues for Australia’s marine ecosystems and dependent industries.

Your focus will be to lead a growing team of about 40 science and support staff, identify opportunities and ensure the delivery of relevant AIMS Strategy 2025 outcomes. And as a member of the AIMS Leadership Team, you will contribute to the strategy and direction of the whole of AIMS.

Leading by example you will further develop and foster a strong and positive organisational culture that will promote science excellence, and also work to promote the role of AIMS as a provider of world-class science knowledge and trusted advisor. An important requirement of your position will be to enhance existing partnerships and actively seek to develop new business relationships and funding opportunities which support the continued growth and expansion our research portfolios.

Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions. In line with our Enterprise Agreement, the successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • Remuneration range $180,397 to $195,560 per annum, plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Motor vehicle
  • Full-time, 5-year Fixed Term opportunity
  • Located in Townsville (QLD), Perth (WA) or Darwin (NT). Relocation Assistance available
  • Generous leave provisions & Flexible Work Arrangements considered

Please note:

1. Non-Australian Citizens must hold an appropriate Visa with working entitlements that allows paid employment with AIMS for the term of the appointment, depending on the relevant Department of Home Affairs current policies.

2. AIMS strongly encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Whilst it is not currently a mandatory requirement for this role, AIMS reserves the right to review its position and policy on mandatory vaccinations. It may therefore become a mandatory requirement for this role in the future.

About you

An experienced leader, your professional tertiary qualifications in a Marine Science or related field will further support your extensive experience in leading and managing large science programs. This experience demonstrates your deep understanding of the commitment to delivering timely outputs and leading across multiple disciplinary boundaries. The successful applicant is expected to have:

  • Significant experience in science, government or business leadership and in developing productive partnerships between science, government and agencies
  • Collaborative leadership skills, able to create connection across multidisciplinary teams
  • Proven strategic and operational leadership, able to be decisive in selecting a course of action and leading in a way that drives the promotion of science capacity and outcomes
  • A proven track record of high-level leadership, coaching and mentoring of teams, and known as an approachable and effective leader
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and relationship management skills, well known for your ability to influence
  • A growth mindset, together with an analytical and problem-solving ability

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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