Academic Manager, Diploma Programs

North Sydney/Blacktown/Melbourne, Australia
27 Jan 2022
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09 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Provide academic and operational leadership across multiple Diploma Programs
  • Full-time, fixed term (one year) opportunity
  • North Sydney, Blacktown or Melbourne based

About ACU:

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses - Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield, Blacktown and Rome.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

About Global and Education Pathways:

The Global and Education Pathways portfolio is responsible for the development and implementation of the University's strategic priorities in a number of key areas. Driving excellence, through its three key units, ACU International, Education Pathways and the ACU College, Global and Education Pathways has specific responsibility for the University's Global Strategy and Widening Participation Strategy. It's also responsible for access, pathways, transition and the student experience of commencing domestic and international students across all ACU campuses.

Education Pathways provides access to, participation and success in tertiary education for a range of student cohorts, including equity groups, school and non-school leavers. Education Pathways also has national responsibility for the ACU Centre for Languages, Equity Pathways, the Foundation Studies Program, Diploma of Languages and Student Transition and Retention. Education Pathways is on a growth trajectory through the delivery of high-quality pathways, including future diplomas supporting ACU enrolment targets and strategic growth.

About the role:

As the Academic Manager, you'll be responsible for the academic and operational leadership across multiple Diploma Programs; developing and maintaining a supportive learning environment for students and enhancing the student experience by facilitating engagement within the wider university. You'll also provide high level leadership and support to the National Manager Diploma Programs, driving and implementing Pathways Strategy and supporting Education and Innovation Strategic Priorities and the ACU Strategy.

More specifically the role entails:

  • Providing strong support to Education Pathways projects and driving transition pedagogy, innovation, and the digital agenda in the Diploma Programs.
  • Ensuring compliance of Diploma Programs while maintaining quality standards.
  • Ensuring all Diploma students are provided with clear program information and unit outlines, detailing expected course outcomes, assessment tasks and methods, and how and when students will be informed of their progress.
  • Managing the implementation of local and cross campus assessment moderation to ensure consistent standards across each Diploma program.
  • Monitoring staff performance and recruiting suitably qualified and experienced staff in accordance with Diploma programs and the agreed staffing plan.

You will need to have:

  • Relevant postgraduate qualification in at least one of the areas of program oversight; Education, Business, Information Technology, Mathematics or Science.
  • Extensive teaching experience in pathway programs, preferably in Diploma programs and experience in management of education programs within the higher education sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage teams, within an educational environment and experience in developing and implementing professional development programs for teaching staff.
  • Experience in the development, implementation, and review of pathways curricula, including the development and moderation of assessment tasks that are used to provide evidence of the attainment of desired outcomes to university entrance standards.
  • Knowledge of current developments in pathways, including a broad familiarity with the use of technology and e-learning applications in transition education teaching.

The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.

How to Apply:

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Total remuneration valued to $119665 - $133785 total rem (pro rata) pa, including salary component $101118 - $113050 (pro rata) pa (HEW 8), employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

General enquiries can be sent to Anna Menicucci, National Manager Diploma Programs, Education Pathways at:

Only candidates with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position.

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ACU is committed to diversity and social inclusion in its employment practices. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups are encouraged.