Student Engagement Officer

Queensland, Australia
19 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Role Statement

Salary Level: Classification Level 5 (Salary range A$66,509 to A$74,951 gross per annum plus up to 17% employer superannuation contributions) 
Appointment: Full-time, fixed-term for 2 years

USC Vision

USC will be a university of international standing, a driver of capacity building in the Sunshine Coast and broader region, and an unsurpassed community asset.

University Strategic Goals

The University will be:

  1. A comprehensive university of 20,000 students by 2020;
  2. Positioned in the global tertiary education community as a top-100 university under 50 years of age; and
  3. A primary engine of capacity building in the broader Sunshine Coast region, from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.

Overview of Indigenous Services

Indigenous Services focuses on creating a vibrant and healthy community through providing a professional and responsive service to students, staff and other stakeholders; student-centred goal setting to improve transition, success, and retention; a commitment to social justice and increasing attainment of students under-represented in higher education. Indigenous Services works in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams within Student Wellbeing and Student Services and Engagement that provide a range of services to assist students to engage with their learning and campus life, and to fulfil their academic and personal aspirations.

Overview of the Role

Under the general direction of the Student Engagement Coordinator, the Student Engagement Officer implements strategies to advance the participation, progression and completion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in education at USC. The role focuses on enabling prospective students to make informed choices about their study and careers, and delivers and monitors initiatives that empower students in their preparatory, undergraduate, and postgraduate education.

The key responsibilities of this role include the provision of accurate and timely advice on student assistance initiatives, maintenance of information resources including learning materials and electronic student records, and the coordination of the tuition program which includes the recruitment and induction of mentors. The Student Engagement Officer will also assist in the preparation of reports and contribute to planning processes, working parties and committees by providing expertise on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander best practice engagement and empowerment strategies.

To perform this role, it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. It is therefore a genuine occupational requirement under section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act (Qld) 1991.

The successful candidate will hold a relevant degree combined with experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities to meet their learning and cultural needs, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The incumbent will have the ability to maintain confidentiality, use initiative, establish and maintain professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and demonstrate excellent communication and information technology skills. The incumbent will also have sound knowledge and understanding of current issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in relation to education. 

Additionally, in accordance with the University’s Staff Code of Conduct – Governing Policy, all staff are expected to display professional behaviour, communicate respectfully, and perform their duties responsibly.

A role statement is not intended to limit the scope of a role but to highlight the key aspects of the role. The requirements of the role may be altered in order to meet the changing operational needs of the University.

Contact for Further Information

Suberia Clemmensen
Student Engagement Coordinator
Indigenous Services
+61 7 5456 3590

Closing Date

Midnight, 18 November 2018

To Apply

All applicants MUST provide both a statement of claims and resume/curriculum vitae. 

Information regarding how to prepare your application and write an effective statement of claims is available on our website information for applicants

As part of your role, you may be required to travel to any one of USC's locations.

To apply please click the Apply button at top of screen.

USC values diversity, enables access and promotes inclusion.

USC strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.