Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit

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    The University of Queensland Sir Fred Schonell Dr
    st lucia, QLD, Australia Phone:
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St Lucia, QLD 

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Full Time - Fixed Term

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS) Unit was established at The University of Queensland in 1984, recognising the importance of support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and engagement with the Indigenous community. The activities of the ATSIS Unit are guided by the objectives of The University of Queensland Strategic Plan. The ATSIS Unit strongly supports the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognises the enormous contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and perspectives bring to UQ’s teaching and learning, research and engagement activities.

About This Opportunity

As the Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS) Unit you will develop and operationalise the ATSIS unit’s strategic direction in line with the University’s Indigenous Engagement Strategies. You will provide operational leadership to the unit, in particular across the key focus areas of outreach, community engagement, student support and teaching and research.

You will undertake governance and leadership responsibilities, participating on boards and committees and working closely with stakeholders both internal and external to UQ. You will manage the operational functions of the unit, developing strategies to manage resources, overseeing implementation of the Marketing and Communications plan and undertaking regular reviews of the Unit’s administrative functions and progress against key performance indicators.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus. The ATSIS Unit has premises at both the St Lucia and Gatton campuses. Remote assistance is provided to students at Gatton and other UQ campuses or locations.

Our Ideal Candidate

This is an identified position and the occupant must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent under sections 25 and 105 of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991.

As the ideal candidate, you’ll have a post-graduate degree with proven leadership in a Tertiary, Government or Community organisation or similar, or an equivalent combination of experience and expertise. You will have a demonstrated understanding of Indigenous societies and cultures, and extensive experience engaging and collaborating with Indigenous communities, individuals and organisations.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for 5 years at HEW level 10.

An appropriate remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate including super of 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File DirectorATSIS_AppointmentBooklet_Updated.pdf

Selection Process

All applications for this position will be assessed in line with the selection criteria in the Position Description. Applications will be considered from both a Professional and Academic Staff background.


To discuss this role please contact Jason Curtis, Executive Officer to the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at [email protected].

If you have any technical or process related questions regarding how to apply please contact [email protected]

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing key selection criteria
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.



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