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Early Childhood Education and Care Academic Opportunities

Lismore / Gold Coast / Coffs Harbour, Australia
$105,344 - $169,474
Closing date
6 Jan 2024
  • Up to 6 continuing appointments
  • Join the Faculty of Education at a time of transformational growth
  • Choice of beautiful, regional campus locations of Lismore, Coffs Harbour or at the Gold Coast. Relocation support is available

About us

Southern Cross University is a dynamic, ambitious institution focussed on its purpose of changing lives through revolutionary learning and research with real impact. Our game changing Southern Cross Model brings a deeper learning experience, improving individual student outcomes, quality of life and a better way to learn. Our world-ranked research is driving positive impact for our communities, environment and economy.

Working at Southern Cross University combines a rare combination of being surrounded by ambitious students, amazing and dedicated colleagues and an environment of stunning natural beauty. We are leaders in our communities in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast and pride ourselves on helping shape a better tomorrow.

About the opportunity

As a result of continued growth and success in our early childhood education programs, we currently have multiple opportunities available across academic levels B (Lecturer), C (Senior Lecturer) and D (Associate Professor). The level of appointment will be determined by the qualifications, skills and experience of the preferred candidate(s).

At the level Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, you will have the opportunity to significantly impact our students learning experiences through student-centered teaching practices, the development of engaging programs and course materials and innovative curriculum design. You will also be able to undertake research and/or engagement activities that align with the Faculty’s existing and emerging priorities.  

At the Associate Professor level, you will be expected to strengthen our teaching and research excellence and mentor a team of early to mid-career academics to deliver quality teaching, research and perfom administrative, service and leadership  to Faculty and broader community.  Extensive leadership opportunities also available, including foundation Chair of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and Associate Dean.  

About you

We are seeking applications from innovative academics with experience teaching at a tertiary level in early childhood education.  You will have expertise and experience leading and undertaking design, implementation and evaluation of curriculum and resources that support and enhance the effectiveness of student learning.

At the Associate Professor level, you will be expected to have had a strong focus toward research contributions and success with external grant funding and higher degree research student supervision.

Research and/or leadership experience that supports positive outcomes for the unique challenges faced by International students and experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative work-integrated-learning experiences for ECEC students would be advantageous but not essential.

Salary and benefits

We have up to six (6) full-time, continuing positions available at any one of campuses located in Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast or Lismore campuses at Academic Level B, C or D:

  • Academic Level D: $154,080 - $169,474, plus super up to 17%. The total full-time package will be in the range of $180,273 - $198,284.
  • Academic Level C: $128,427 - $147,663, plus super up to 17%. The total full-time package will be in the range of $150,259 - $172,765.
  • Academic Level B: $105,344 – $124,585, plus super up to 17%. The total full-time package will be in the range of $123,252 - $145,764.

Generous relocation support is available to the preferred candidate(s) relocating to one of regions to commence employment.  

Our staff benefit from flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work models, generous parental and carer’s leave provisions, wellbeing initiatives, employee assistance programs and professional learning opportunities. Find out more about working at SCU by visiting Why Work at SCU.

Application requirements

Applicants must apply online and attach a CV and cover letter responding to the selection criteria within the candidate booklet for the academic level they are applying for by the closing date.

Information to support you prepare your application is available on our website.

If you experience difficulties applying online or need reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know by contacting  

Applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, Australian permanent resident or currently hold a visa with ongoing work rights in Australia. Employer visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Further information

Additional information is available in the position description or by contacting Professor Amy Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Executive Dean, Faculty of Education via

Closing Date: 11.30pm AEST, 10 January 2024  

Southern Cross University is committed to ensuring that the University reflects the rich diversity across the region in which the University’s campuses are located. The University encourages applications from people of all ages, women, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, people living with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people who openly identify as LGBTQI+. We encourage applications from people with disability and will provide adjustments to the recruitment process upon request.

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