Aboriginal Student Engagement Officer (HEO 6)

University of South Australia
July 18, 2024
Offerd Salary:$87,955
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Contract Type:fixed term contract
Working Time:Full time
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  • Applications open to Australian Aboriginal Peoples only

  • Full-time, fixed term contract until 20 December 2024 based at the Mawson Lakes campus
  • Commencement Salary: $87,955 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
  • About You

    You have a genuine interest in developing strong networks to support positive outcomes for Aboriginal students and promote areas of assistance. You have demonstrated ability to exercise initiatives, as well as working as apart of a team to develop effective programs within and outside of the University.

    About the Role

    The Aboriginal Student Engagement Officer coordinates programs and activities aimed at increasing access, participation, retention and success of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (hereafter Aboriginal) students at the University of South Australia.

    The Aboriginal Student Engagement Officer provides high level administrative, reporting and coordination services across the University. Located in the Wirringka Student Services team within the Student Engagement Unit, the role delivers a support service to Aboriginal students, manages Study Centres on campus for Aboriginal students and offers a Wirringka Student Services presence throughout the University's academic divisions to improve students' study outcomes. The role is also involved in community engagement to increase Aboriginal students' access and recruitment, retention and success.

    About the Student Engagement Unit

    The Student Engagement Unit(SEU) is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of student facing services that will enhance the on- campus and off-campus student experience for all students. The SEU also takes strategic steps to inform the quality of the student experience of learning and teaching, support services, the learning environment, and student facilities.

    SEU services include Orientation, UniSA Sport, Career Services, Student Life, Student Wellbeing, Student Counselling, International Student Support, Academic Learning Support, Wirringka Student Services, and Access & Inclusion Services.

    Wirringka Student Services provides information, advice and assistance to potential and current Aboriginal students. The team provides support to Aboriginal students, administers the Aboriginal Tutorial Program (ATP) at the University, and facilitates a number of events on campus and in the community. The University of South Australia is committed to and values Aboriginal education, and Wirringka Student Services is a key part of this work

    About UniSA

    The University of South Australia is Australia's University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

    Essential Skills and Experience

  • Australian Aboriginal ancestry, and demonstrated understanding of the issues impacting on the learning of Aboriginal tertiary students and knowledge of and familiarity with Aboriginal communities
  • Demonstrated success in the planning and delivery of activities and programs founded on positive community connections and Aboriginal values and perspectives that engage Aboriginal communities and support Aboriginal students
  • Demonstrated understanding of the contemporary issues facing Aboriginal people and the impacts these issues have on Indigenous Australian societies and cultures, particularly as they relate to participation and attainment in education environments
  • High level interpersonal and communication skills particularly relating to engaging with Aboriginal students and communities to deliver quality customer service and student support, and to contribute to a positive team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative, and work both independently and as part of a team to develop, deliver and promote programs and activities within and outside of the University
  • Benefits

    Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17%
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Employee assistance and development programs
  • Various on-site services available at our campuses which may include on- site gym membership
  • A variety of leave arrangements
  • Culture

    At the University of South Australia, we value workplace diversity and are committed to providing a supportive, inclusive, and respectful work environment for all people. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, women, members of the LGBTIQ+ community, people of culturally diverse backgrounds and people with disability.

    We are committed to providing an equitable and barrier free recruitment process and encourage you to share any support, adjustments and/or access requirements you have by contacting our Recruitment Central team on [email protected] - anything you tell us will be kept completely confidential.

    Start Your Unstoppable Career!

    For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

    Please address your cover letter to Jasmin Jensen, Senior Consultant: Recruitment Central. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at [email protected] using job reference number 6295.

    Applications close: 11:30pm Thursday 18th July 2024

    The University seeks to redress the under-representation of Aboriginal Peoples in the University through targets set within our Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal Employment Action Plan and this is an equal opportunity special measure under Section 65 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (as amended) (SA). Applicants must be of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent

    Pursuant to the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (the Act) and the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Regulations 2019 (the Regulations), this position has been deemed prescribed. This role will require the successful candidate to hold a current Working with Children Check.

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