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Director of Programs – Full Time Residential Position | Full-time

Director of Programs
Wesley College
Within the University of Sydney

Full Time Residential Role

Wesley College is a Uniting Church Residential College for young women and men who undertake full time undergraduate study at the University of Sydney. We are situated in the centre of the University campus in Camperdown, very close to the Sydney CBD and at the same time surrounded by the beautiful heritage buildings of the college precinct and green spaces of the University. The College is committed to fostering a vibrant community of learning and personal growth for our students, underpinned by our core values of respect and integrity.

We are currently seeking to fill the position of Director of Programs. This role reports to the Master and forms part of the executive leadership team of the College. This position is responsible for enhancing day to day student life, working alongside the Director of Students.

The Director of Programs is responsible for designing and delivering a range of co-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities for student residents that promote participation in collegiate life, support career exploration, engage leadership development, and foster a wide range of personal development opportunities. The Director of Programs also has a role in engaging with general wellbeing and pastoral care of the student body. This is a unique role that allows you to engage in a creative and dynamic way with young adults to help them achieve their best selves.

The Director of Programs reports to and works closely with the Master. This position forms part of the Executive Leadership Team. The Director of Programs in the role of enhancing day to day student life, works alongside the Director of Student. In the Master’s Absence, this position is one of two positions to have delegated authority (the other being Director of Students). The Academic Dean reports directly to this position, who has oversite of the tutorial program and monitoring student academic progress. The Director of Programs has a high degree of liaison with other college staff. For example, the Master’s PA regarding general student management and student logistics, the Registrar for applicant interviews and offers, and the Marketing and Communications Manager in relation to applicant recruitment strategies. The Director of Programs is also required to liaise with external providers important to supporting student training programs, as well as specific student recruitment. For example, Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness, Full Stop foundation, Sydney Uni Safer Communities Office, guest speakers and presenters.

The Director of Programs is required to reside onsite, in unfurnished accommodation provided by the College. The Director of Programs is expected to be in residence throughout the academic year, with annual leave taken generally in out of semester periods. This role requires a 24/7 oversight and therefore may require after hours work as needed. The Director of Programs is normally expected to attend two weekly dinners ordinarily held on Mondays and Wednesdays during semester.

Ideally the Director of Programs attends all intercollegiate sporting matches, generally held during the day but occasionally of an evening. They also attend Palladian events which are held on 4 evening occasions per semester.

Application procedure

Your application should include:

1. A covering letter addressing the key skills and attributes defined in the Position Description and your relevant experience in leadership roles with young adults.

2. A Curriculum Vitae

3. Names and contact details of 2 Confidential Referees, including your relationship to them.

Applications should be addressed to The Master and marked ‘Confidential – Director of Programs’ and sent via email to

For any enquiries, please send an email to the Master’s PA (address above) including your contact phone number and we will contact you directly. All enquiries will be treated as confidential.

Applications close on Friday, 30 December 2022.