Head, Indigenous Research

Location
Townsville/Cairns, Australia
Posted
30 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2018
Ref
16563
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Position Overview

The Head, Indigenous Research plays a critical role in further strengthening the University’s research engagement with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities.  In conjunction with the Division of Research and Innovation, colleges, research centres and institutes, the incumbent is responsible for building a cohort of research active Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, other researchers working in the field, post-doctoral fellows and postgraduate students to enhance the University’s reputation and develop a distinctive international presence in Indigenous research and practice, especially in the tropics.

The Head, Indigenous Research will also be responsible for the development of an adequately funded Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Strategy to build research capacity and assist Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers in all career stages to boost research output, leadership skills and successful track records in research funding.

Office of the Provost

The Provost has responsibility for the Academic Divisions, the Division of Students, the Division of Research and Innovation, and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs at the executive level. The Provost is the standing deputy to the Vice Chancellor. As the senior officer in the Division of Research and Innovation, the Provost is responsible for developing and implementing research policy and providing leadership in research.  This involves promoting collaboration with Government, industry, publicly funded research agencies and universities. 

Indigenous Education & Research Centre

In collaboration with the University’s divisions, colleges and directorates the Indigenous Education & Research Centre will provide a whole of university approach to our engagement with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, alumni, staff and communities.   

The Centre’s core business focus is to provide leadership and coordination to increase the access, retention and completion rates of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students by creating an inspiring and supportive environment on campus that celebrates the heritage, diversity and achievements of Indigenous people; assisting Indigenous students to confidently participate in the academic and cultural life of the University and delivering a smarter learning support agenda that progresses Indigenous students through to completion of degree programs.  It will also be a place where Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and community feel safe and respected.

The Centre will also adopt a progressive curriculum agenda that prepares all students to navigate the complexities of contemporary Indigenous situations in the tropics; design educational experiences that deliver an outstanding experience for all students, with exposure to research, and an engaging campus life; and engage in high quality research, intellectual scholarship, and research training in ways that enhance the traditional knowledge of Indigenous people and sustainable living practices for the tropics.  

While the initial focus of the Centre is to consolidate and develop our strengths in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning, teaching and research within the northern Queensland region, our ambition is to extend the scope and reach to include comparative international studies, with a focus on Indigenous people in the tropics.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University  

Office of the Provost

Indigenous Education & Research Centre

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Develop and implement an adequately funded Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Strategy to build research capacity and assist Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers in all career stages.
  2. In collaboration with the Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education & Strategy, lead and drive the research agenda within the Centre, working closely with Divisional Research Directors, College Associate Deans, Research and Research Education and the Division of Research and Innovation to achieve excellent research outcomes for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and other researchers conducting research on issues of importance to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  3. Develop appropriate ethical and responsive policy and practice frameworks to facilitate consideration of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge in research across the University, providing advice to researchers on cultural protocols when conducting research with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  4. Pursue and capitalise on research funding opportunities for the Centre and source opportunities for funding of projects, consultancies and other research or research education related activities.
  5. Develop and maintain strategic partnerships and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, including Research Centres and Institutes, industry partners, funding bodies, and government and education partners.
  6. Develop a strategic approach to the recruitment, supervision and mentoring of Early Career Researchers (ECR), Mid-Career Researchers (MCR), PhD candidates and HDR students, joint appointments and Adjuncts within the Centre as well as Division and Colleges.
  7. Lead the protection of Intellectual Property in conjunction with divisional research directors.
  8. Lead, promote and facilitate the integration of strategies and initiatives that support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  10. Lead, support and promote the inclusion of sustainability initiatives in all aspects of operations, support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Descriptors

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:

Academic 

Level E

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Head, Indigenous Research is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Head, Indigenous Research is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Head, Indigenous Research is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Special Conditions

  • This position is a designated position for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Where an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is not immediately available to be appointed to this role, the position may be filled on a fixed-term basis for a period of five years.  The position would then be readvertised to determine if an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person can be recruited or transferred to the position.
  • A current working with children ‘Blue Card’ is a requirement of this position.

Selection Criteria 

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.

Essential

  1. Doctoral qualification and recognised experience in relevant discipline area and an outstanding contribution to research and the profession.
  2. Recognised as a leading authority with proven record of demonstrable scholarly and professional achievement in the relevant research field with significant publishing history at both national and international levels.
  3. Proven entrepreneurial skills and a strong track record of winning and completing Australian Research Grants and Consultancy projects.
  4. Expert knowledge and a strong understanding of strategic directions with respect to research output and quality.
  5. Demonstrated understanding of the research training scheme and funding arrangements coupled with superior leadership and management skills and experience in leading and managing a productive and collegial research team including a significant record in supervising HDR/PhD candidates through to completion.
  6. Demonstrated research experience in fields relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and collaborations with Indigenous researchers.
  7. High level oral and written communication skills, particularly the ability to articulate concepts and present complex analyses with clarity and professionalism and to collaborate and network in a multidisciplinary environment.

Desirable

  1. Demonstrated sound understanding of research trends and issues in Higher Education within Australia and the global context.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of budgetary and financial procedures, including the ability to oversee the management of a substantial research budget.
  3. Demonstrated experience in strengthening the uptake of competitive research grants within the industry.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs