Centre Director, Centre for Horticultural Science

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POSITION DESCRIPTION
Position Title:
Centre Director, Centre for Horticultural Science
Organisation Unit:
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
(QAAFI)
Position Number:
NEW
Type of Employment:
Full-time, fixed term for 5 years
Classification:
Level E
scale and focus in research areas in neuroscience, biomolecular and biomedical sciences, sustainable minerals, bioengineering and nanotechnology, as well as social science research.
Organisational Environment
The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation is a research institute of The University of Queensland that is jointly resourced by the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and The University of Queensland. QAAFI provides a hub for interdisciplinary research underpinning innovation in food and fibre industries and in particular supporting the Queensland agribusiness sector.
The Institute's strengths are reflected in its research centres – the Centre for Horticultural Science, Centre for Crop Science, the Centre for Animal Science and the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences.
Commencing in January 2018, the Centre for Horticultural science will focus on the horticultural crop protection and improvement systems in tropical and sub-tropical environements. This Centre will draw upon the horticultural science expertise of the University of Queensland and DAF as well as QAAFI's national and international partners.
For further information see www.qaafi.uq.edu.au

Information for Prospective Staff
Information about life at UQ including staff benefits, relocation and UQ campuses is available at - http://www.uq.edu.au/current-staff/working-at-uq
The University of Queensland Enterprise Agreement outlines the position classification standards for Levels A to E.

DUTY STATEMENT
Primary Purpose of Position
The Centre Director is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Centre. The Centre Director has three main areas of responsibility:
• Research Leadership in a relevant area of horticultural science
• Stewardship and guidance to the Research Theme Leaders, who in turn are responsible for leading a specific Program of research, projects, education and people
• Institute Leadership: actively contribute to the strategic leadership of the Institute including its direction, priorities, global reputation and impact, budget, project delivery maturity, people and culture.

Duties
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Research Leadership
• Develop and lead a research program in an area of horticultural science relevant to the strategic directions of UQ and QAAFI.
• Engage in collaborative research with staff, research supervision, publishing and/or related project activities where appropriate.
Stewardship and Guidance to research Theme Leaders
• Have an oversight, monitoring and line management responsibility role for the Research Theme Leaders within the Centre in relation to the:
o Research direction, activities and priorities of the Research Themes;
o Achievement of agreed objectives for the Research Themes;
o People and resource management associated with the Research Themes;
o Effective and consistent application of the Institute and UQ processes.
• Monitor and manage the performance, and support the development, of the Research Theme Leaders in the Centre through regular meetings and performance reviews

Institute Leadership
• Work with the Institute Leadership Team, industry partners and stakeholders and Program Leaders to define the research direction and priorities of the Institute, ensuring alignment with the Institute's and UQ's strategic objectives.
• Participate as an active member of the Institute Leadership Team. This team is collectively responsible for:
o building and maintaining strong industry relationships which facilitate project sponsorship in the short, medium and long terms;
o setting research direction and strategic priorities in consultation with staff; and
o making decisions about the allocation of strategic funding to support the incubation or delivery of particular initiatives.
• Seek and secure sponsorship from industry partners and stakeholders to support the ongoing work of the Institute with a particular focus on medium- and longer-term opportunities,
• Work with the Institute Leadership Team and Research Theme Leaders to build and maintain the external reputation and position of the Institute and its Centres through external engagement including effective communication of research capability/ideas, staff and student research outputs and achievements, education and the impact of the Institute's activities.
• Establish and maintain effective interactions and collaborations with research sponsors, relevant schools/faculties/institutes across UQ and academic and research institutions nationally and internationally.

Other
Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including:
• the University's Code of Conduct
• requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute/School
• the adoption sustainable practices in all work activities and compliance with associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and procedures
• requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Code 2007 and associated legislation, and related responsibilities and procedures developed by the University

Organisational Relationships
The position reports to the Institute Director.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential
• PhD, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline,
• At least 15 years, demonstrated expert knowledge and analytical skills in the area of Horticultural Science
• Demonstrated stellar contribution to research, including successful external grant applications,
• An ability to establish effective relationships and to represent and promote Horticultural Science at a university and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies,
• An international reputation in Horticulture as demonstrated by published papers in highly rated journals, committee membership of prestigious professional organisations, invitations to deliver keynote addresses and/or chair major national and international forums,
• Demonstrated experience in a leadership role, including the ability to set direction, ensure delivery against agreed priorities, think strategically, manage a budget, work collaboratively as a member of a leadership team, effectively manage people, budgets and resources and act as a positive role model,
• Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including national and international industry liaisons and professional contacts,
• Demonstrated ability to seek and secure funding for short, medium and long-term projects/activities in a University or similar environment, and/or in the public or private sector,
• Demonstrated success in liaising and collaborating with external agencies to develop co-operative and successful research initiatives and deliver tangible outputs to industry,
• Demonstrated supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion,
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues,
• Highly developed interpersonal, communication and people management skills, and a track record of leading, motivating, and successfully managing multidisciplinary teams,
• Demonstrated ability to mentor less experienced Institute staff.

Qualification Verification
An appointment to this position is subject to the verification of the highest academic qualification from the conferring institution.
The University of Queensland is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

Advertisement Summary:

Lead and develop the new Centre for Horticultural Science within the renowned Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation.

The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation is a research institute of The University of Queensland that is jointly resourced by the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and The University of Queensland. QAAFI provides a hub for interdisciplinary research underpinning innovation in food and fibre industries and in particular supporting the Queensland agribusiness sector.

Commencing in January 2018, the Centre for Horticultural Science will focus on the horticultural crop protection and improvement systems in tropical and sub-tropical environements. This Centre will draw upon the horticultural science expertise of the University of Queensland and DAF as well as QAAFI's national and international partners.

The role
This high-level role presents an opportunity for an outstanding individual to lead the new Centre for Horticultural Science and to establish and build a global reputation for horticultural science research. The role's primary focus is the strategic leadership of the Centre and the responsibilities include research leadership, guidance and stewardship of research theme leaders and working with the Institute Director and the other Centre Directors to establish strategic directions and priorities for the Institute.

The person
We are looking for a leader who will have a passion and energy to establish and grow this new Centre which is commencing in January 2018. You must be dedicated to excellence and the development of the Centre, ensuring skills and capabilities evolve to keep pace with emerging knowledge needs. You will engage effectively beyond the Centre; within QAAFI, the University and with key stakeholders nationally and internationally. Effective engagement with Government bodies and Industry is essential.
The successful candidate will have an international reputation in the field of horticulture and demonstrated experience in a leadership role. An ability to sercure funding in a University environment and/or the public or private sector is essential.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.
Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at: atsi_recruitment@uq.edu.au
Applications are also encouraged from women.
This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Remuneration
This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 5 years at Academic level E. A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

To discuss this role please contact Robert Henry on +61 7 3365 0552 or robert.henry@uq.edu.au.

All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and responses to Selection Criteria.

For information on completing the application process http://www.uq.edu.au/uqjobs/index.html?page=149386&pid=149313

Closing Date
Monday 11th September 2017

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