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Manager, Student Equity

Swinburne University of Technology - Australia,

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


  • End to end responsibility for the management of high-quality student equity programs and services to the Swinburne community which span the student lifecycle
  • Full time, 3 year position at our Hawthorn campus
  • HEW 9: $116,111 - $122,971 + 17% superannuation
Take the lead on programs and services designed to increase the participation of students from equity groups in higher education and to create a more inclusive and equitable learning environment.

About the Job

Part of our Student Engagement unit, this leadership role is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of high-quality student equity programs and services which span the student lifecycle and involve close collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.

The position reports to the Director, Student Engagement and is responsible for the coordination of the Australian Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) aimed at increasing the participation of students from low socio-economic, regional and remote, and Indigenous backgrounds in higher education. You will manage a team of Program Coordinators and Project Officers who support students from educationally disadvantaged groups in their decision to choose tertiary education and in their transition to tertiary study. Your team manage strategic partnerships with relevant community organisations and selected schools as well as specialist access and retention programs for high-needs cohorts.

Further, you will provide strategic advice to senior management and key stakeholders in the development of strategies, plans and policies to increase equity and social inclusion and, when required, advice concerning the management of complaints. This is a senior role that collaborates across the University to ensure that Student Engagement delivers programs and activities targeting the specific development needs of a diverse student cohort, including those who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:
  • Postgraduate qualification and extensive relevant experience; or extensive management experience and expertise in a relevant area; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training
  • Extensive experience in leadership and management of a specialist unit with diverse and complex functions, including programs for educationally disadvantaged students
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Student Equity theories and frameworks as well as Victorian and Commonwealth legislation, guidelines and standards governing student participation in higher education, equal opportunity and anti-discrimination, and privacy
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering improved outcomes and results for student equity cohort groups in a higher education setting and achieve objectives operating within complex organisational structures.
A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.


To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Careers at Swinburne.

How to apply and further information

To view the position description or to start an application please click on 'apply' or 'begin' and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further information about this position please contact Nadine Zacharias (Director, Student Engagement) nzacharias@swin.edu.au

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on staffrecruitment@swin.edu.au

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact Maree Norden, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at inclusion@swin.edu.au. For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact DeadlyCareers@swin.edu.au

Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as our Charter of Cultural Diversity, Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close 5 pm, Friday 12th February 2021

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