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Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Hobart / Launceston / Burnie, Australia
$130,713 to $148,446 plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
2 Jan 2024

Job Details

  • Support the operations of our new Social Work Clinic
  • Staff benefits and discounts include health, and purchased leave
  • Full-time, ongoing role based in Hobart, Launceston or Burnie with relocation available

About the opportunity

The Social Work Program at the University of Tasmania is in an exciting phase of expansion, establishing itself as a leader in Tasmanian-focused, world relevant research, practice, and education.

We are seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Social Sciences, which sits within the College of Arts, Law and Education.  We are a multi-campus school specialising in Sociology, Criminology, Social Work, Politics and Policy, International Relations, Tourism, Policing and Emergency Management. Students study with us across campuses in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie in Tasmania, at the Victorian Police Academy in Melbourne, and in Rozelle and Darlinghurst in New South Wales. The role with work closely with senior academic staff to develop their teaching and research expertise with increasing autonomy.

As our successful candidate, you must be a passionate individual, who are committed to advancing the field of social work in a way that positively impacts both local and global communities. You will be contributing to the development and maintenance of productive and effective links inside the University and locally as well as nationally with the discipline, relevant interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and/or wider community to enhance translation and impact.

Join us on this fulfilling journey and be a part of shaping the future of Social Work in Tasmania!

What You’ll Do

  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities.
  • Build strong and productive partnerships both inside the University and locally and nationally with the discipline, relevant interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and/or wider community to enhance translation and impact.
  • Deliver high-quality scholarly undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, using innovative approaches to prepare students for the future social work workforce.
  • Apply your expertise in a range of areas of research and practice relevant to social work to contribute to the development and innovation of the social work discipline.
  • Contribute to developing Indigenising and decolonising practices across the range of research, teaching, and professional activities undertaken in the role.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

What We’re Looking For (success criteria)

  • PhD in Social Work and eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • Evidence of a strong research track record (relevant to career stage) in an area aligned with Social Work practice, including a sustained record of high-quality publications and successful competitive funding.
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a team and contribute actively to team leadership and capacity building.
  • Demonstrated experience and successful track record of mentoring and supervising honours and higher degree research students to completion.
  • Significant track record in delivering dynamic and relevant learning experiences for students at the University level in Social Work, including responsibility for course coordination and curriculum design.
  • A minimum of two years (FTE) post-qualifying practice experience.

 Salary details

Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level C and will have a total remuneration package of up to $173,682 comprising base salary within the range of $130,713 to $148,446 plus 17% superannuation.

Considering a move to Tasmania to take up this opportunity?

Offering a breath of fresh air, our island State’s wild landscapes, rugged coastlines, distinctive towns, and fascinating history have something for everyone. Tasmania has crafted a unique brand of creativity and adventure such as the world-famous MONA and the exceptional mountain bike tracks of Derby. Our acclaimed fresh food and beverage scene, family-run businesses, and diverse culinary experiences celebrate farm-fresh produce. From our island shores, our research extends to the great Southern Ocean and Antarctic and across the Asia-Pacific.

How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide the following supporting documentation:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role
  • Your responses to the success criteria from the Position Description below
  • For further information about this position, please contact Milena Heinsch, Professor and Head of Social Work, or 03 6220 3575
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.
  • Please refer to the attached Position Description Below for full details.

Download File Position Description - Senior Lecturer in Social Work - 499468.pdf

Applications close Tuesday 2 January 2024, 11.55pm

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfil the requirements of this role.


The University of Tasmania can only ever be as good as the people who choose to work with us; our staff and students are our most important asset. Realisation of our vision is dependent on a talented workforce, committed to the innovative thinking required to conceptualise and operationalise our strategy and accomplish our objectives. By building rewarding careers and a healthy and engaged workforce and culture, the University will continue to be an employer of choice.

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TAS 7001

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