Senior Manager, Widening Participation

University of Queensland
November 29, 2022
Offerd Salary:$119,899
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Contract Type:Fixed-term position
Working Time:Full time
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  • Student Enrichment and Employability Development (SEED)

  • HEW level 9

  • Fixed-term position through to January 2026

  • Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Closing date 29 November 2022 at 11.00pm AEST (R-19358)

  • About This Opportunity

    Aligned to the Queensland Commitment, The Senior Manager, Widening Participation, under the direction of the Director, Student Employability plays a critical role in the coordination, continuous improvement, and leadership of widening participation for a range of underrepresented students at UQ. With demonstrable strategic expertise and experience delivering educational equity this role will not only manage direct service delivery, but will also collaborate with Schools, Faculties, and units across UQ to coordinate and invigorate the plethora of activities that support widening participation.

    This will require political acumen to ensure that synergies are leveraged, while recognizing that this role is one of stewardship, support, and servant leadership.


    Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    Team management

  • Provide leadership to and manage a performance-focussed team to develop and support students from underrepresented backgrounds.

  • Create a collaborative team culture that strives for excellence in service delivery and deploys and shares best practice.

  • Manage workload across the Young Achievers Program and Outreach teams.

  • Strategy & Planning

  • Co-ordinate, implement, deliver, and evaluate programs under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) to increase access, participation, retention, and success of students from equity groups in higher education.

  • using national and international best practice, facility continuing improvement of widening participation programs and development of innovative models that build on best practice, including cohort and discipline specific expectations.

  • work in partnership with stakeholders across UQ to ensure a holistic and shared understanding of the range of widening participation programs, services, and supports available at and through UQ

  • Operations

  • Establish and maintain improved administrative systems and practices to support widening participation programs, activities, and initiatives that support the transition, retention, success, and completion of students from equity backgrounds in higher education

  • Identify and develop appropriate data sources, systems, and analysis options to support the promotion of widening participation as a strategic priority at UQ, providing reports and recommendations to promote cultural and/or systems change across UQ

  • Monitor and prepare budget summaries relating to widening participation activities, and act as a financial delegate for the portfolio within set limits.

  • Other reasonable duties as requested by the Director, Student Employability

  • General

  • Maintain expertise and knowledge of university policies, procedures and priorities relevant to education recruitment, especially as they relate to equity and widening participation.

  • Ensure processes are in place for UQ to meet compliance obligations eg staff and stakeholder training.

  • Other

    Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:

  • The University's Code of Conduct.

  • Requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute/School.

  • The adoption of sustainable practices in all work activities and compliance with associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and procedures.

  • Requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Code 2007 and associated legislation, and related responsibilities and procedures developed by the University.

  • About Student Enrichment and Employability Development (SEED)

    The Student Affairs Division falls within the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (DVCA) portfolio, which brings together central units that provide operational, corporate, and pastoral support for all aspects of the student lifecycle.

    SEED is the custodian of the Employability Award and coordinates and promotes a wide range of activities across UQ that empower students to enhance their employability including global mobility; entrepreneurship and innovation; volunteering and mentoring; undergraduate research experiences; and leadership development opportunities.

    SEED enhances student employability through a focus on experiential learning, ensuring that students are able to capitalise on the benefits of the University's diversity, research reputation and capacity, international partnerships, and strong links with industry and the professions. SEED also provides financial supports to enable students to access experiences, as well as supports to translate, articulate, and transfer these experiences into the workplace. Working across the UQ Community to drive strategies to strengthen the quality of the overall student experience, facilitating access to experiences that assist students to reflect UQ graduate attributes and enhance their employability

    About You

  • Completion of a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent combination of experience and/or training, with at least five years of management experience in a relevant sector.

  • Expert knowledge of educational equity and widening participation concepts and service delivery, including comprehensive understanding of sector wide best practice nationally and internationally, ensuring the ability to provide relevant proactive expert advice to senior staff

  • Demonstrable expertise in effective relationship and partnership building across complex organisations, as well as beyond the institution, to enhance the student experience through streamlining and improving access to services and systems that support students from a range of backgrounds

  • Demonstrable ability to lead strategic initiatives and projects either as directed by the Director, in line with portfolio area as it supports student retention and success, or through proactive identification of new initiatives or improvements to service delivery that will enhance the student experience

  • Significant experience managing, planning, and coordinating staff and volunteers, ensuring that all staff are appropriately trained, qualified, and knowledgeable in their areas of responsibility, insuring adherence to all relevant legal, policy, and procedural frameworks

  • Demonstrable experience identifying, capturing, analyzing, and reporting valid and reliable datasets, including related systems such as CRM, and using this information to refine and transform service to promote a culture of continuous improvement

  • The successful candidate must have an open driver's licence and a current Blue Card prior to commencement of the role.

  • What We Can Offer

    This is a full-time fixed-term position through to January 2026 at HEW level 9.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $119,899.75 to $126,879.15 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $140,282.70 to $148,448.60 per annum.

    For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.


    To discuss this role please contact Dr Dino Willox at

    For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume', which is step one of the application form.

    To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline or will not be accepted.

    Other Information

    Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

    Background Checks : All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion . We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity , LGBTQIA+ , cultural and/or linguistic , Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples , or people with a disability . Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

    If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staffWorkday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

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