Student Liaison Officer, Safer Communities

Sydney, Australia
13 Jan 2020
End of advertisement period
27 Jan 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Work in a team offering support to students with serious or complex support needs
  • Located at Camperdown Campus
  • 12 month Full time, fixed-term and base salary from $93 000 – $102 000 p.a.,plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

Reporting to the Manager, Safer Communities Office, you will work as a member of a collegial and high performing team.

A significant focus of your work will be to support students who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment and/or domestic violence. Other types of support needs may include mental health, psychological, personal and wellbeing difficulties. You will use a wide range of approaches and interventions including assessment, advice and information, health promotion and campus wide behavioral education programs.

You will assess students’ needs in line with current legislation, stepped care and the promotion of student wellbeing and success. You will liaise with university staff and external providers (e.g. health, mental health and other statutory or voluntary sector agencies.)

You will also assist the Director, Student Support Services in managing critical student events and ensuring appropriate case management for individual critical incidents.

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 Liaison Officer who demonstrates:

  • experience working with people who have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence or core professional training in an area of professional practice e.g., counselling, psychology, social work or equivalent
  • an understanding/experience of the elements of student development, wellbeing issues for students and principles of student success
  • strong and effective communication and negotiation skills including the ability to set and keep appropriate boundaries and maintain confidentiality
  • a commitment to clinical line supervision and team work
  • able to solve problems and develop plans and strategies successfully
  • experience working within the University sector with a student services focus preferred

About us

The Education portfolio supports the development and implementation of the University’s strategy and vision for teaching and learning, and students’ educational experience. The portfolio contributes to institution wide developments aimed at improving student learning, including the University’s approach to curriculum renewal, new thinking in pedagogy, learning and teaching analytics, eLearning and quality assurance for learning and teaching. Its primary functions include: professional learning and support for educational excellence and innovation; academic enrichment through curricular and co-curricular programs; and strategic, policy, analytics and administrative support in implementing and monitoring the University’s vision for learning and teaching.

The Safer Communities Office responds to disclosures relating to sexual misconduct and domestic violence affecting members of the University community, offering trauma informed care to complainants and respondents. Staff use a wide range of approaches and interventions in line with current legislation, stepped care and the promotion of wellbeing.

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 2853/1219F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11.30pm, Monday 27 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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