Project Officer

Sydney, Australia
25 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
07 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Exciting opportunity to join the Service Learning & Indigenous Communities program
  • Located on the Camperdown Campus
  • Full-time, 3 years fixed term with a base salary of $86K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity        

As the Project Officer (Identified) you will work in consultation with the Faculty and school Academic Supervisors in the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services. In this role you willsupportand contribute to the assessment of undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) student placements, including the assessment of campus interdisciplinary learning. To ensure delivery of student and academic learning outcomes, you will be responsible for the development and enhancement of community engagement in designated service learning hubs.

In addition, you will work in collaboration with academic and professional staff, Service Learning Hub representative bodies and communities to identify project-based disciplines. This will include but is not limited to, advertising, selection of students, and onsite student placement coordination. 

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 Project Officer (Identified) who:

  • identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • possesses tertiary qualifications and/or extensive relevant work experience, preferably in business administration experience and project management
  • demonstrates highly developed interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills withsound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with a variety of matters
  • demonstrates high-level ability to work both independently and as part of ateam, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • possesses high level of accuracy, attention to detail and highly organised. Planning, analysis and communication skills together with the ability to work according to strict deadlines and manage various demands
  • has financial management experience and literacy, experience managing budgetsand controlling expenditure for a project
  • demonstrates excellent time and workload management skills with demonstrated ability toprioritise effectively, manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and achieve required outcomes
  • has strong experience project managing multiple work streams, or leading large complex projects and ability to work according to strict deadlines and manage various demands
  • has experience managing a diverse group of key internal/external stakeholders on large or complex projects
  • demonstrates relevant experience working in inter-cultural settings with Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander and/or Indigenous people/communities, and a sound understanding of Cultural Competence
  • demonstrates previous experience in the higher education/tertiary sector or in a complex,multi-faceted organization.

About us

The University of Sydney recognises that it has a responsibility to play a leading national role in the process of contributing to the efforts to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can enjoy their identity as confident, proud, safe, and respectful participants in university life and beyond. The University’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and Wingara Mura Bunga Barrabugu strategy commits the University to pursuing an integrated strategy to advance Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation, engagement, education and research. The University is committed to pursuing progress through:

  • embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation as an essential and prominent part of its overall mission and strategy
  • ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership is engaged with across all levels of governance and decision-making 
  • foster strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • being the University of choice for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders students and staff.

The University of Sydney’s SLIC program has enabled undergraduate and postgraduate students to apply their academic knowledge and develop their cultural competence and interdisciplinary group-work skills through meaningful service-based projects in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

As such, this role will require a highly developed ability to work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations across diverse locations, maintaining and expanding crucial relationships with sensitivity, understanding, and cultural competence.

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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 528/0320F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday 7 April 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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