Director ANU, Singapore Liaison

The Australian High Commission in Singapore invites applications for the position of Director, Singapore Liaison (LE7) in the attached agency of the Australian National University (ANU).


The Australian High Commission is the official representative of the Australian Government in Singapore and provides a range of services to the general public, including consular, passport, visa and immigration, citizenship and cultural relations services. The High Commission also acts on behalf of various Australian Government authorities by representing Australia's interests to local, regional and multilateral government and business organisations in Singapore.

The Australian National University (ANU) Office works within the broader environment of the High Commission to engage with South East Asian higher education and research institutions, policy think tanks, government agencies and other interested parties to develop and maintain mutually beneficial connections with stakeholders important to the University. The Singapore Liaison Office is a South East Asian Hub for the University and manages the ANU presence in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and across the wider South East Asian region.

Job Description

The Director represents the interests of the University in South East Asia. The role of the Director is to contribute to the enhancement of the profile and reputation of ANU in the region by actively engaging with a range of key stakeholders and facilitating productive institutional and individual relationships in the areas of research funding, educational collaboration, public policy, philanthropy, alumni relations and student recruitment.

The Director works closely with a range of ANU professional and academic staff to identify new opportunities for the ANU to showcase its globally renowned research, education and public policy. This includes supporting existing and building new relationships between ANU, South East Asian universities, and other institutions, policy makers and opinion leaders. The position works closely with members of the Senior Management Group and University Executive to ensure alignment of the office’s goals and activity with both the ANU Strategic Plan and all relevant pillar plans. 

Tasks and Functions

  • Develop and maintain key strategic relationships with the Singapore Government and NGO agencies
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the profile and influence of ANU amongst South East Asian policy makers and opinion-leaders through a sustained program of engagement and public diplomacy
  • Undertake ongoing intelligence gathering to better position ANU to identify and take advantage of emerging opportunities for research, education, innovation, collaboration and funding
  • Monitor, research, analyse and report on issues relating to education and research, philanthropic giving to universities and alumni relations and activities
  • Support major institutional partnerships by engaging with university partners, and provide administrative support for research and education agreements as required
  • Develop a sustained program of engagement and public diplomacy that leverages the University’s broad research expertise and expertise in the Asia-Pacific
  • Grow ANU collaborative activities with Australian partner institutions and Agencies at the High Commission to contribute to the promotion of Australian research, innovation and education in South East Asia
  • Oversee and ensure the effective and sustainable functioning of the Singapore Liaison office and monitor and evaluate its contribution to the achievement of the goals of the University
  • Work closely with the Marketing and Student Recruitment Division and ANU Colleges to identify programs with South East Asian market potential, and support the implementation of marketing plans for those programs, in line with the ANU diversification strategy
  • Special projects as determined by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) and the Vice-Chancellor

Selection Criteria

Please provide a response addressing the Selection Criteria.  Applicants must write no more than 1000 words. 

  • Postgraduate qualifications and professional experience in international relations, communications, and/or business development, preferably within the research and higher education sector
  • Demonstrated representational and interpersonal skills and the ability to initiate, network and influence stakeholders to develop and maintain productive business relationships in a political environment
  • Experience  in the provision of advice on policy issues relating to the Asia-Pacific region, higher education and/or international education and research issues within a global market place
  • Demonstrated experience providing qualitative and quantitative reports on complex analytical issues
  • Demonstrated experience planning, implementing and evaluating complex projects and programs in a large and diverse organisation, including proven experience in resolving significant issues using influential negotiation skills
  • Proficiency in a second language, in addition to English, would be an advantage

Conditions of Appointment

Employment at the High Commission is subject to the successful completion of an Australian national security clearance, and a medical clearance.

Normal hours of work are Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm. A 2 year contract will be offered, and includes a 6 month probation period. A bonus of 1.5 months’ salary is paid annually in December and additional performance-based salary increases or bonus are offered. The monthly salary starts at SG$10,072.

The High Commission will not be responsible for any costs incurred when applying for a Singapore visa, relocation costs, nor the return of the staff member and family to their country of origin at the end of the contract.

The High Commission will apply for the necessary work authorisation if the successful applicant is a non-Singaporean citizen or non-Singaporean Permanent Resident.

How to apply

The High Commission will establish a Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) to assess applications, conduct interviews, check referees reports and prepare a report for the delegate recommending the most suitable applicant.

Applicants are advised to address the selection criteria when preparing their application.  Based on the information provided in applications received, the SAC will shortlist applicants for interview.

Applications should include the job application pack available on

Applications should be submitted electronically to or by post marked “Staff-in-Confidence” to the following address:

Recruitment Manager
Australian High Commission
25 Napier Road
Singapore   258507

The selection process usually takes several weeks and applicants will be advised of the final outcome. If another similar position becomes vacant within the next 12 months, the order of merit for this position may be considered for such vacancies.

Australian Government objectives, under which the High Commission operates, can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website (

For further information regarding the position duties, enquiries should be directed

Applications close on Sunday 27th May 2018, late applications will not be considered.