Mana Yura Advancement Manager

Sydney, Australia
plus generous superannuation
Monday, 26 April 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 10 May 2021
Nayomi Siriwardane
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Leadership opportunity to deliver contemporary engagement strategies and drive learning support for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Located on the Camperdown/ Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, 2 year fixed-term position, with the possibility of extension, offering a base salary of $107K p.a. plus leave loading and generous superannuation

About the opportunity

Candidates who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

We are in a period of exciting development within our Indigenous Strategy and Services function with one aspect being the transformation of our Mana Yura Student Support Services team. In light of this exciting transformation, we are seeking a Mana Yura Advancement Manager to provide expert advice and guidance across strategic initiatives supporting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students throughout their academic journey and university lifecycle.

Working closely with the Director, Mana Yura Student Support Services, you will be providing financial governance, resource allocation and analysing data trends in order to identify areas of improvement across service delivery and engagement mechanisms. Striving to uplift and enrich the student experience, you will drive the seamless execution of a high-touch and tailored service for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, with a particular focus on their transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies.

Instilling your forward-thinking mindset and customer focused approach, you will lead and provide best practice guidance to the Mana Yura Advancement Coordinator and Mana Yura Engagement Coordinator. Partnering with other university units you will build a robust platform for joint initiatives to deliver an exceptional suite of consistent, university-wide support programs for our Indigenous 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 Mana Yura Advancement Manager who can demonstrate:

  • postgraduate qualification or is currently undertaking a postgraduate qualification
  • a strong understanding of the student lifecycle particularly around the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies
  • extensive knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies and cultures
  • effective management and leadership of a high performing student support services team dedicated to delivering support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in a tertiary organisation
  • financial literacy and business acumen as well as a strong focus on data driven service improvements
  • highly developed communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to build trusted relationships and inter-disciplinary ways of working
  • an inclusive leadership style that encourages and motivates high performance and the ability to have tactful performance conversations with direct reports as required
  • the ability to design and execute strategies to provide positive and seamless student experience
  • proactive consultation with leadership, partners and stakeholders in support of strategic decision making and implementation of process improvement initiatives.


This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing time: 11:30pm, Monday 10th May 2021

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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