Head, Indigenous Teaching Programs

Location
Townsville, Australia
Salary
$169,977
Posted
01 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2018
Ref
16470
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Position Overview

The Head, Indigenous Teaching Progams provides scholarly leadership in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum and pedagogy and supports the establishment and implementation of sustainable approaches to embed Australian Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander perspectives across the curriculum consistent with the JCU model. The incumbent designs and delivers professional learning programs including ED5307: Transforming Learning and Teaching for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contexts, a subject in the Graduate Certificate of Education, Academic Practice and other professional learning activities to support implementation of the National Best Practice Framework for Cultural Competency in Australian Universities. 

Office of the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor

The Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor (SDVC) has responsibility for the Academic Divisions, the Division of Research and Innovation, and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs at the executive level. The SDVC is the standing deputy to the Vice Chancellor. As the senior officer in the Division of Research and Innovation, the SDVC 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 Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor

Indigenous Education & Research Centre

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Provide leadership, advice, guidance and inspiration to support Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum development and integration in programs across the University to ensure the strategic objectives of the University are met.
  2. Provide high level advice to the Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Strategy and Dean, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement (LTSE) on all aspects of incorporating Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and content into undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum.
  3. Work collaboratively with academic and support staff in Colleges and Divisions to ensure active engagement with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives.
  4. Manage communications, consultations and professional development to ensure the University community views and participates in embedding Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content and pedagogy as an integral part of the educational experience.
  5. Manage change through stages of program development and implementation activities to ensure an effective and scholarly transition to higher levels of performance in blended learning.
  6. In collaboration with the Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Strategy and academic staff review and refresh curriculum and work with Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement Directorate staff to develop innovative experiential and online programs.  
  7. Provide effective leadership, management, mentoring and decision making, including undertaking performance reviews to establish a culture of teamwork, shared goals, transparency and openness while maintaining strong communication channels at all times to inspire, fully engaged and motivate staff.
  8. Engage with, and contribute to, the relevant professional networks across the higher education sector to ensure best practice in embedding Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander curriculum is implemented at JCU.
  9. Ongoing research and teaching duties are a requirement of the position.
  10. 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.
  11. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  12. 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 C

Generic Accountabilities  

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

  1. The Head, Indigenous Teaching Programs 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 Teaching Programs 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 Teaching Programs 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 two 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. Relevant doctoral qualification in education and relevant scholarly outputs in relation to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge’s, cultures and heritages, histories and issues which impact on Australia’s indigenous peoples.
  2. Demonstrated experience in leading curriculum reform in higher education with evidence of positive outcomes for staff and students.
  3. Demonstrated deep understanding of current policy imperatives in higher education and their relevance to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  4. Demonstrate high-level communication skills with exemplary interpersonal and complex problem solving skills. 
  5. Proven high level leadership and management skills comprising the ability to motivate and mentor people and significant expertise in the management of financial and physical resources to achieve business outcomes.
  6. Extensive experience and expertise across a range of learning technologies.

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