Introducing SSE

We help students develop the mindset and skills to become successful entrepreneurs. Our future depends on cultivating entrepreneurship across every sector of our economy and society.

Work with SSE

Building on the launch momentum, a key role is now available to join SSE.

SSE has partnered with Hays Recruitment to externally manage recruitment.

If you would like more details about the Chief Operating Officer role please contact Paul Phillips on +61 2 8226 9699 or

Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) is a unique collaboration between all 11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW.  Our mission is to drive next generation entrepreneurship, making opportunity accessible to any student entrepreneur in NSW.

We are Sydney in name but state-wide in operation.  At SSE student entrepreneurs develop the entrepreneurial mindset and skills they need to succeed, and connect to a powerful network of local and global partners, through academic and co-curricular learning activities.

Established in 2016 with cornerstone investment by NSW Government, SSE launched in August 2017 and has already hosted 100+ activities, welcoming more than 4,000 people including 2,000 student entrepreneurs.

About the Role

Lead and inspire team SSE on a day to day basis to deliver the vision and purpose of SSE.

Operating Environment

Reporting to the CEO and leading a high performing team, the COO will inspire change and deliver impact for SSE as a start-up itself in the context of an academic setting.

Key Accountabilities:

  1. Operations:
  • Convene and engage the Senior Leadership Team to deliver the business strategy
  • Operational and tactical planning, execution and reporting
  • Scale existing and build new policies, systems, processes and procedures to ensure efficient and effective operations
  • Lead and manage special projects
  1. Strategy:
  • Strategy planning, development, execution, and reporting
  • Continue to grow the powerful brand and reputation for quality of SSE
  • Foster and develop the articulation and implementation of SSE strategy to all team units and key stakeholders
  • Lead and manage special projects
  • Oversight of measurement and reporting across all business areas
  1. People and Culture:
  • Model the tone and culture of relationships, capability and performance
  • Lead and manage an effective and unified SSE team which is seen as an employer and partner of choice, embracing innovation and collaboration
  • Inspire direct reports using effective coaching and mentoring, performance planning and feedback, training and development and WHS processes
  1. Governance:
  • Ensure the SSE team fulfil all governance and statutory compliance responsibilities
  • Present clear and logical recommendations to the CEO for approval and implementation

Capabilities, Qualifications, Specific Skills and Experience:


  • Interdisciplinary teamwork: model SSE as an honest broker and neutral facilitator among interinstitutional and interdisciplinary team and stakeholders
  • Entrepreneurship knowledge and skills: Knowledge and skills in relation to entrepreneurship (i.e. presenting, interviewing, pitching, etc)
  • Critical thinking: Critical and creative thinking in relation to how value is created and captured
  • Communication skills: Effective interpersonal and communication skills, empathy and succinct visual, oral, written and digital presentation skills to a diverse group of stakeholders about entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Wider community considerations: Integration of ethical, social, political and environmental responsibilities when considering entrepreneurial initiatives
  • Strategic thinking and decision-making: capability to facilitate strategic solutions within an entrepreneurial context

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • A degree in a relevant area
  • Senior operational leadership in an Australian university setting
  • Active network and direct access to entrepreneurship, government and tertiary decision makers
  • Success leading and managing teams and individuals, including through performance planning, training and career development
  • A natural collaborator with internal and external stakeholders
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills, comfortable public speaker
  • Experience leading growth or transformation projects with expertise in administration and reporting, relational databases and project management
  • GAICD or MAICD is desirable but not essential
  • Proven ability in managing and influencing complex stakeholders and effective long-lasting relationships

If you would like more details about the Chief Operating Officer role please contact Paul Phillips on +61 2 8226 9699 or

The campus

Centrally located in the thriving cultural, educational and entrepreneurial innovation precinct of Ultimo in Sydney, SSE’s campus is a venue for activities that help build our community and provide opportunities for student entrepreneurs, members and partners to learn, collaborate and innovate.


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