Indigenous Student Support Officer

Adelaide, Australia
$82,923  - $88,414 p.a. 
10 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Mar 2025
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Details 

  • Fixed term until Dec 2023 | Full-Time
  • Higher Education Officer Level 6 | $82,923  - $88,414 p.a. 
  • Location: Bedford Park

About the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement  

The Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement provides strategic leadership to the university with a vision for Equal engagement and participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in higher education through the recognition of, and respect for, Indigenous peoples, knowledge, and culture. Our mission is to increase the recognition of Indigenous knowledges and perspectives, the promotion of teaching and research in Indigenous studies, the employment of Indigenous staff, increasing the participation of, and opportunities for, Indigenous students and engagement with Indigenous communities and issues.  

About the Role

As the Indigenous Student Support Officer, you will work as part of the Yunggorendi Student Engagement (YSE) team to provide support and advocacy services to Indigenous students enrolled at Flinders University. You will provide students with one-on-one support throughout the student lifecycle, from pre-enrolment advice through to post graduate studies and assist with pathways to further study or employment.

Other responsibilities will include:

  • Liaison with a wide range of university academic and professional staff to ensure the provision of an effective and efficient service within available resources.
  • Provision of direct support to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to develop individual learning plans.
  • Facilitating student access to relevant support services including tutoring, health, counselling and disability services, housing, AbStudy, scholarships and cadetships and other available services to enable positive outcomes.
  • Provision of support to the Access and Outreach Project Officer for outreach activities run by the YSE including on-campus student recruitment events and Open Days, expos, NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week.

About You 

You will use your experience in providing mentoring and support services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples to foster positive relationships with students, staff, and stakeholders in a culturally appropriate manner. You will connect your passion for Indigenous education advocacy with your knowledge of student-related higher education policies and procedures to provide support and advocacy services that promote the University’s ethos of being Student Centred.

To be successful in this role you will also demonstrate:

  • Tertiary qualification in Education, Business or other relevant qualifications, or relevant experience.
  • High level computing skills (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and experience in the use of a computerised student information system e.g. Student One and/or database programs such as Filemaker Pro/Access.
  • A commitment to continuous improvement including experience in implementing initiatives to enhance business systems, processes, and procedures to improve the customer experience.

Please note, the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and section 65 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA). The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people

Life at Flinders 

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world. 

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders? 

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options 
  • Flexible working arrangements 
  • Wide range of professional development activities and services 
  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff 
  • Vibrant campus life and amenities including on campus health care services, gym and childcare centre (Bedford Park, South Australia). 

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position. 
  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy  
  • It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent maintain a current Working With Children Check which is satisfactory to the University in accordance with the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA). 

How to Apply and Information 

  • You are required to submit Suitability Statement of no more than 3 pages, addressing the Key Position Capabilities of the position description.
  • For more information regarding this position, please contact Kelly Maxwell 

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted. 

Applications to be submitted before 10:00 pm:

05 Mar 2023

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Flinders. Fearless.