Now hiring - Digital and Data Manager | Natural Hazards Research Australia

Now hiring - Digital and Data Manager

Release date

26 June 2024

22 July 2024 - applications for this position have now closed.


Are you a data, ICT and digital professional who wants to make a difference as part of an organisation that contributes to the resilience and safety of the community? Natural Hazards Research Australia is seeking a Digital and Data Manager to join our team.

  • Full-time
  • Based in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney 
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Salary range – $130,410 to $137,862 plus 11.5% superannuation with generous parental leave provisions
  • Applications close 11.59pm AEST 21 July 2024


The Digital and Data Manager is responsible for the Centre’s overall data management practices, advice on digital product development and utilisation, and implementation and maintenance of the Centre’s research data management framework.

This role ensures that all Centre data management practices comply with generally accepted and legislated corporate frameworks, as well as being consistent with the newly established research data management framework and its continuous improvement. It also ensures that digital research projects are scoped in accordance with good practice and with a long-term view of utilisation.

Additionally, the Digital and Data Manager will liaise with the Centre’s third-party corporate shared service and research data catalogue suppliers to ensure that the Centre’s ICT infrastructure supports both current and future corporate and research needs, with a focus on high levels of system service, maintenance and reliability.

The role also encompasses knowledge of the wider corporate and research data ecosystem, providing expert advice and guidance on data-related matters and digital applications to the Centre’s Board and staff, thereby supporting strategic decisions and operational processes. This requires staying informed about the latest developments in both technical and functional data management and digital platforms and applications to advise on best practices and their potential impacts on the Centre. The Digital and Data Manager is also tasked with developing and maintaining polices related to data and information technology, reflecting current best practices and addressing emerging challenges in data management and technology use within the Centre.

The position will be located in one of the Centre’s nodes in either Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney, with flexible working conditions available from these locations.



  • University degree, preferably in area relevant to data management and information technology, or equivalent work experience.

Specific knowledge and experience required

  • Proven experience in project management and coordination.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, together with the ability to liaise effectively with a mature, friendly and confident personal style, and build and maintain strong and effective relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders. 
  • Proven experience in leading the development and maintenance of corporate data environments as well as research data frameworks and catalogues.
  • Proven experience in leading digital innovation.
  • Knowledge of universities and research agency data management approaches.
  • High level of initiative and self-motivation, with the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team.

Desirable knowledge and experience

  • At least five years’ experience in a similar, or related role.


Natural Hazards Research Australia is Australia’s national centre for natural hazard resilience and disaster risk reduction. The Centre addresses the major challenges arising from natural hazards, including bushfires, floods, cyclones, heatwaves, storms and other hazards. The Centre undertakes research that promotes resilience to the impacts of natural hazards and reduces disaster risk, supporting the needs of a variety of critical stakeholders – including emergency service agencies and communities – in mitigating impacts of, responding to and recovering from disasters caused by natural hazards. 

Natural Hazards Research Australia is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes diversity in the workplace. We encourage applications from First Nations peoples, women, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disability, LGBTIQ+ people, and people with family and caring responsibilities. 


Applications close 11.59pm AEST 21 July 2024 

To apply please submit a CV and a cover letter introducing yourself, explaining your interest in the role and addressing key selection criteria to

For more information contact Cheryl Desha - 

Employment may be subject to the successful completion of a security screening process.

To be considered you must have the right to work in Australia.