Associate Professor / Professor of Practice, Families and Communities

Darwin, Australia
Salary – up to $181,805 pa
07 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, fixed term appointment (up to 3 years)
  • Research Active Academic Level D/E Salary – up to $181,805 pa
  • Plus 17% superannuation and 6 weeks annual leave
  • CDU Casuarina Campus & Department Territory Families, Housing and Communities, Darwin City

CDU and the Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities are recruiting a Professor of Practice – Families and Communities.

About the Position

As Professor of Practice – Families and Communities, you will work to strengthen the Northern Territory professional human services workforce, inform and contribute to service delivery for Territorian children, families and communities through developing an evaluation and research agenda and promoting relevant education and training of students and practitioners.

Responsibilities will fall under the following key areas:

  • Strategic leadership in the development of professional programs and practice 
  • Action based research and evaluation 
  • Targeted literature reviews and research
  • Training and development 
  • Provision of expert advice

In this innovative position, you will co-locate at the Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus and the Department of Territory, Families Housing and Communities, Darwin city.

About You

To be successful, you will require:

  • A PhD or Professional Doctorate in a related field or has proven experience in a similar role
  • Professional and academic expertise in family support and child protection
  • Experience desired in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing, youth justice, social housing, domestic and family violence prevention, social justice and/or human rights
  • A demonstrated understanding of a university learning environment and equity programs and providing supportive education to people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds and varying age groups
  • Demonstrated operational experience developing and implementing successful evidence-based family centred programs in an urban, regional and remote settings
  • Demonstrated experience in leading innovative curriculum development, preparation, and delivery of online education programs
  • Exceptional professional teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills, including oral, written, and information communication technology (ICT), with demonstrated ability to build organisational capability of frontline services
  • Demonstrated experience leading human services evaluations in areas such as child protection, youth justice and social housing
  • An established research profile in a relevant discipline including evidence of research activity and outcomes, such as publications, external grants, or consultancies in the field at the national and international level (Research Active).

To view the responsibilities of the role please click on the: Position Profile


Appointment to this role will be at Research Active Academic Level D/E (commensurate with experience). The base salary will be in the range $151,048 - $181,805 per annum ($176,726 - $212,711 per annum including 17% superannuation).

About the Employer

CDU is significant to the social and economic fabric of the Northern Territory, being the primary provider of Higher Education and a major provider of Vocational Education and Training, both of which support the preparation and development of an appropriately skilled, research informed and professional workforce for the Northern Territory.

The Department of Territory, Families Housing and Communities offers an unrivalled scope of services, supporting every life stage and provides services from crisis support, to celebrating with people when they are at their best. The Department is a multi-functional human services and community-focused agency providing support services across child protection, domestic and family and sexual violence reduction, youth justice, housing, homelessness, social inclusion, sport and active recreation and celebrates arts, culture, heritage, libraries and archives.

About the collaboration

Charles Darwin University and the Northern Territory Government have enjoyed a long and prosperous partnership, built on shared interests in the social, economic and environmentally sustainable development of the Northern Territory.

The Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities and CDU built on the existing Northern Territory Government partnership arrangement and collaborate and invest in areas of commonality in research, teaching and learning and workforce development, with the objective of meeting the need for well-trained professionals and high-quality research.

What’s in it for you?

  • An enviable lifestyle within the unique and spectacular Northern Territory
  • 17% superannuation
  • 6 weeks of paid annual leave
  • Generous relocation assistance
  • 20 weeks of paid parental leave, in addition to government payments (eligibility criteria apply)
  • Recognition of prior service with another Australian University / NT Government for Long Service Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Salary Packaging opportunities

How to Apply

All applications must be received online via the ‘apply’ button and should include your resume, a 1-2 page cover letter outlining your interest in the role, and a response addressing the selection criteria contained within the position profile (link above).

For a confidential discussion please contact Professor Dominic Upton, Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Health on 08 8946 6263 or email

Diversity and Inclusion

At CDU we actively celebrate our diversity. We innovate, embrace new ideas, and act with courage and kindness. We’re about what we can give to the world rather than what we take, and we believe in the transformative power of education. We work hard to make sure every member of our university community feels that they truly belong. Understanding that it is through our focus on our people and leveraging our differences that will make CDU the most connected university in Australia, we are striving to ensure that our culture and our community is inclusive of all our staff, students and visitors. We are committed to maintaining a culture where everyone feels respected, safe, encouraged to speak up and supported in achieving their professional goals. Applications from First Nations people, women at all levels, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disability, neurotypical and neurodiverse people, LGBTIQ+ people, people with family and caring responsibilities and people at all stages of their careers are welcomed.

You make CDU. And we want you to be exactly who you are.

Applications Close: Wednesday 8 March 2023