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Academic Director Aboriginal Engagement

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Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart, Launceston, Burnie
Categories: Balanced Research/Teaching

Academic Director, Aboriginal Engagement

  • Based in Hobart, Launceston or Burnie
  • Lead the development and implementation of Aboriginal engagement strategies
  • Make a high-level contribution to senior leadership across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research, teaching, curriculum, and student success programs
  • Establish and deepen relationships with Indigenous peoples, organisations and communities across Australia and the world

Your new role

In collaboration with Directorate colleagues in the Academic Division, you will play a key role in facilitating and supporting the development of Aboriginal engagement strategies and action plans across the University. Success in this role will be achieved through proactive collaboration with Divisions, Colleges and Schools to build the capability of academic and professional colleagues to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success and community futures. You will catalyse the inclusion of Indigenous knowledges and perspectives across the University’s curricula, pedagogy, and research practice.

You will contribute academic leadership to Riawunna, the University’s Aboriginal student support centre, by ensuring that cultural support for the achievement of diverse pathways for Indigenous people is underpinned by a strength-based approach that values intellectual rigour and a focus on scholarly success across diverse cultural settings. The position is also a member of the University’s senior Directorate and will represent the University on a range of Senate Committees and matters relating to Aboriginal higher education.

About the University

The University of Tasmania is building a vision of a place-based University with a mission to enhance the intellectual, economic, social, and cultural future of Tasmania and, from Tasmania, contribute to the world in areas of distinctive advantage. The University recognises that achieving this vision depends on the people we employ and on creating a people-centred University that is values-based, relational, diverse, and development-focused.

The Academic Director Aboriginal Engagement advises the Pro Vice Chancellor (PVC) Aboriginal Leadership on the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Aboriginal Engagement including oversight and monitoring of initiatives.

Aboriginal Leadership at the University of Tasmania aims to promote a vibrant, intellectual, and highly visible Indigenous presence, embracing and respecting the aspirations, culture, and knowledge traditions of Tasmanian Aboriginal people through innovative research, teaching and learning, student success and creative community engagement programs.

What You’ll need to succeed

As a strategic thinker who is motivated by positive impact, you will bring to the role proven ability to inspire critical and creative approaches to research, teaching and learning, manage and contribute to strategic and operational planning. Demonstrated experience with development and implementation of projects, financial management, policy development, quality assurance and risk management will enable you to successfully deliver on the objectives of the role. With the ability to work in a demanding and dynamic work environment, you will demonstrate strong skills in taking initiative, solving problems, and meeting tight deadlines. High level interpersonal skills in an environment requiring cultural sensitivity and safety, confidentiality, discretion and tact, will enable you to negotiate and influence effectively with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.

This is an Identified Position. You must be an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander person to be considered for this role. Candidates must provide eligibility documentation with their application. Please contact to discuss the documentation required.

What’s on Offer?

The University of Tasmania is one of the largest employers in the State and people are at the heart of everything we do. We strive to create nurturing, inclusive, and collaborative working environments enabling us to nurture a vital and sustainable community. On offer is a full-time, fixed term opportunity until August 2026, with a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation and assistance with relocation. In addition, we offer a myriad of staff benefits and discounts for health, fitness, accommodation, and banking to name a few.

How to Apply?

If this role is of interest, we look forward to hearing from you! To apply online, please provide your up-to-date CV, 1-2-page cover letter outlining your interest and how your skills and experience align with the requirements of the role, and your responses to the success criteria.

Applications Close Sunday, 6 February 2022 11:55pm.

Download File Position Description - Academic Director Aboriginal Engagement.pdf

For further information about this position, please contact Greg Lehman, Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Leadership, or (03) 6226 6747.

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