Student Life Officer

Sydney, Australia
Thursday, 5 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 7 January 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Opportunity to provide general project management advice and operational support
  • Located at our Camperdown / Darlington campus
  • Part-time (0.8 FTE) 12 months fixed-term contract and base salary $74,898 (pro-rata) p.a plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Student Life Officer provides general project management advice and operational support to the School executive, coordinating the implementation and delivery of activities and tasks in order to meet established milestones and deliverables. The position is responsible for providing project management support to a work stream within a multi-faceted program of work, including developing and implementing plans, managing project financials and preparing status reports in line with broader governance requirements. The incumbent will manage work-stream stakeholders and communications, ensuring effective collaboration and team work with other project teams and stakeholders across the University.

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning is undertaking a project to embed a positive student experience from pre-arrival to post graduation in line with the University’s student experience strategy. The role will encompass five major objectives:

  • setting up structures for student support and engagement such as peer mentoring programs, student committees and other initiatives;
  • providing leadership, strategy and logistical support for initiatives that improve the student experience within the School;
  • work with student groups, the Associate Dean (Education) and Associate Dean (Student Life) to enrich, improve and the quality of the student experience;
  • represent the School in University wide Student Experience forums and initiatives;
  • be a visible point of contact for students within the School to answer questions, recommend referrals and assist students find appropriate services to care for their wellbeing.

The project will seek to improve student experience, improve student retention and focus on the wellbeing and health of Architecture, Design and Planning students.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Student Life Officer who possesses:

  • experience in working in a student facing, service role (experience in an architecture or design school preferred);
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with a variety of matters;
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work;
  • planning, analysis and communication skills together with the ability to work according to strict deadlines and manage various demands;
  • effective managing a diverse group of key stakeholders on large or complex projects and the ability to develop/cultivate productive relationships with industry providers and key users;
  • excellent administrative skills, coupled with a general understanding of the project life cycle, project documentation, project standards and methodologies.

About us

From the appointment of Leslie Wilkinson as Australia’s first Chair in Architecture in 1918, the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning has been an internationally acknowledged centre for intellectual, scientific and aesthetic enquiry in architecture and the built environment, which attracts the highest quality student applicants in Australia. In the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the school was ranked first in Australia, and 15th in the world for Architecture/Built Environment.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 2593/1119F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday 7 January 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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