Associate Director - Indigenous Student Success

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    University of Canberra
    11 Kirinari St, Canberra, ACT, Australia
    Phone: 02) 6201 5111
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Bruce, ACT 


Indigenous Studies

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Job Description:

  • Lead the Ngunnawal Centre supporting First Nation students at UC
  • UC Level 10, Salary Range $132,291 pa - $136,874 pa + 17% Super
  • Full Time Continuing Opportunity

About us:

University of Canberra has curiosity, ambition and inclusiveness at its core. We challenge the status quo through the pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning and research. Our place-based commitment ensures that we visibly serve Canberra’s community and the surrounding region with impact on the nation. The University of Canberra is ranked in the top five universities globally for reducing inequalities (THE Impact Rankings, 2023).

The Ngunnawal Centre is an integral part of the University's comprehensive strategy to ensure the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Working in collaboration with the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership (PVC IL), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Faculties, and central areas, the Ngunnawal Centre coordinates strategic approaches to achieve specific targets related to Indigenous student success.

About the role:

Under the broad direction of the PVC Indigenous Leadership, the Associate Director - Indigenous Student Success responsibilities will encompass overseeing the operational aspects of the Ngunnawal Centre. The role will focus on strategic collaboration and fostering relations with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the success and realisation of Indigenous Student Success and the Centre.

Additionally, this role extends beyond academic and cultural leadership to actively contribute to developing a culturally safe and supportive environment for Indigenous prospective students, current students, staff and alumni. Overseeing the day-to-day operations will include the the Ngunnawal Centre budgets, adhering to reporting and governance requirements and supervising staff performance and continuously improving practices and procedures.

About you:

The ideal candidate for this position should have a relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent experience, as well as a strong understanding of Indigenous education and support services. You should have experience in program development, implementation, and evaluation, and possess exceptional analytical and reporting skills. Commitment to promoting Indigenous student success and higher education is crucial, as well as financial management experience, excellent organisational and administrative skills.

Strong leadership and team management abilities are also important, along with the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders. If you're passionate about Indigenous student success and seeking an impactful leadership role within a collaborative university environment, we encourage you to apply.

Note: This position has a strong involvement with and requires a deep understanding of the issues relating to and affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, as well as an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively in this regard. The University is committed to increasing the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Islander People within our University community, and we welcome applications for this position from Indigenous candidates only.

The University offers excellent conditions and benefits such as:

  • Flexible working arrangements and Family-friendly policies
  • On campus Gym, Medical services, Cafes, Post office, Supermarket and Childcare facilities.
  • Professional Development offerings (study assistance, corporate programs and discounts)
  • Innovative work environment with a diverse and inclusive culture
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program and a corporate private Health Plan (Bupa)

Connected – A Decadal Strategy 2023-2032 sets a goal to be the national sector leader in equity, diversity, inclusion and access, and the ambitious goals of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan are designed to ensure that our Indigenous students and staff flourish in a welcoming and culturally safe environment. UC encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups.

The University of Canberra is committed to the safety of vulnerable and young people. As such, successful applicants will be required to have a current ACT working with vulnerable people registration. For further details on how to apply please click

To be considered for this role all we want is for you to apply with your CV, no other documentation is required at this stage of the recruitment process. Please ensure you take the time to align your CV with the Position Description requirements. We want to understand how your skills and experience relate to the position you are applying for.

Working Rights: Applicants who wish to apply for this position should have valid working rights or eligibility to obtain a work visa for Australia.

For job specific information: please contact Maree Meredith - Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership – 02 6206 8339 – [email protected]

Recruitment and application questions: please contact the Talent Acquisition team on 02 6206 3867 or email [email protected]

Closing Date: 11.55pm, Wednesday 29th of November 2023



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