AAL Board vacancy

Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) seeks applications for one upcoming vacancy on the AAL Board.
AAL is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee whose Members are all Australian universities and research organisations with a significant astronomy research capability. Its core business is to manage programmes that provide astronomers with access to national astronomy infrastructure.
AAL finances a range of research infrastructure projects from Australian Government grants, and also supports access for Australian-based astronomers to international optical telescopes. The AAL Board, appointed by the Members, oversees the progress of these projects, and is required to report regularly to the Government.
AAL will hold its 2017 AGM on 21st November 2017. In May 2017, Dr Ben Greene retired from the Board, creating one vacancy on the Board. As defined in clause 22 of the AAL constitution, the Members are required to seek a Board that collectively has experience in

  • Astronomical research broadly consistent with the current version of the Decadal Plan;
  • Research collaboration at the national and international level;
  • National research policy and priorities;
  • Business administration and finance;
  • Corporate governance and legal matters; and,
  • Strategy formulation and implementation

To complement the skills and expertise of the ongoing Directors, the AAL nominations committee is particularly interested in candidates who can demonstrate significant experience in managing (at an executive level) or overseeing (at a Board level) one or more of the following areas:

  • Business administration and finance;
  • Corporate governance and legal matters; and,
  • Industry engagement and/or technology transfer.

If you consider yourself well placed to contribute to the Board via your expertise and ideas, and share AAL’s vision of wanting Australian astronomers to have access to the best research infrastructure, please email Astronomy Australia Ltd with a maximum two A4 page application with:

  • a brief CV;
  • your relevant expertise; and,
  • any relevant conflicts of interest.

AAL is committed to equity and diversity and encourages applications from everyone with the appropriate expertise and skills.
The deadline for applications is 16 October 2017 at 4pm AEST.  Late applications will not be accepted.
Applications will be reviewed by the Nomination Committee. This committee will make nominations to the AAL Members for consideration at the AGM on 21st November 2017.
Queries can be made to either Ms Sue Russell, Company Secretary, 03 9214 8758, or Dr James Murray, Senior Program Manager, 03 9214 8426.

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