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Indigenous Student Success Officer


Education, Childcare & Training
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Indigenous Higher Education Unit / First Peoples Directorate, Canberra

  • Identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Position
  • Directly supporting the success of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Students
  • Part time .6 continuing position based in Canberra at ACU
Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses - Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield and Rome. We've also partnered with Blacktown City Council to open a new ACU campus in Blacktown, Western Sydney, in 2021.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

The First Peoples Directorate focus is exclusively on First Peoples strategic leadership aligned with current higher education sector practices. This focus includes the progress of the implementation of the ACU Reconciliation Action Plan, the Belonging Strategy and the Cultural Capability Strategy that underpin the University's commitment to improving educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The purpose of this position is to enable success for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at ACU. This is achieved through the provision of a range of effective cultural, academic and personal support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

More specifically the role entails:
  • Initiating regular contact with all of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to identify individual support needs, increase awareness of the role and services of the IHEU, encourage students to access the University's support services and promote Scholarship and enrichment opportunities.
  • Developing and sustaining positive relationships with academic and professional staff to ensure high quality and consistent academic support is available to enable individual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success.
  • Supporting and influencing effective communication with faculty and directorate staff to facilitate sensitive and seamless student admission process, student orientation, participation, engagement, progression and student pathways.
  • Delivering student workshops to build student confidence and skills, this includes how to apply for scholarship and other leadership opportunities.
  • Coordinating the delivery of the Canberra Study Assistance Program that provides Tertiary Tutoring to our students.
  • Assisting in the Admissions Process for our incoming student cohorts.
  • Assisting in the outreach activities that promote ACU as a pathway to the Community, including Schools, Community Events and partnerships with relevant Community Partners.
  • Connect our students to relevant support across ACU.
You will need to have:
  • Supporting documentation that shows you identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person and are known in the community in which you live.
  • The Australian Catholic University considers that being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin is a genuine occupational qualification for this role.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively and provide high quality and appropriate support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • A relevant degree preferably in Education or Communication, with relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Proven high level computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office software, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint to analyse and present data, and prepare and present professional reports and briefings for diverse audiences.
  • Relevant experience mentoring Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people ideally in an educational setting.
The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.

How to Apply:

Applicants are expected to address all selection criteria listed in the position description. To apply for this role click the "Apply" link below. Visit Hints and Tips on how to apply.

Total remuneration valued to $105,196 - $113,853 (pro rata) pa, including salary component $88,892 - $96,207 (pro rata) pa (Higher Education Worker Level 7), employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

General enquiries can be sent to Rachel Crawford on Rachel.crawford@acu.edu.au

Only candidates with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. Equal Opportunity and Privacy of personal information is University policy. For more details visit: www.acu.edu.au/careers

Applications Close: Sunday 14th February 2021

ACU is committed to diversity and social inclusion in its employment practices. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups are encouraged.

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