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Associate Dean (Indigenous Strategy and Services)

Darlington, Australia
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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  • Exciting opportunity to join the leadership team at the University of Sydney Business School
  • Lead strategic initiatives for First Nations staff and students
  • Full-time (1 FTE) position of a fixed-term basis for 3 years with possibility for renewal for a further 2 years with an underlying continuing position at an Associate Professor Level

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney Business School is dedicated to fostering impactful management knowledge to cultivate prosperous, sustainable organisations for an inclusive society. The school is ranked in the top 1% of business schools worldwide. In line with the newly (2023) launched Strategy, which emphasises innovation, responsible management, sustainability, and inclusive prosperity, the school is committed to learning from and collaborating with Australia's First Peoples for a better social and economic future.

As part of the strategic initiatives, The University of Sydney Business School is seeking to appoint an Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander individual to the role of Associate Dean (Indigenous Strategy and Services). This pivotal appointment signifies our dedication to Indigenous self-determination through academic leadership and aligns with our goal of integrating First Nations perspectives and experiences into our educational and research endeavours for societal impact.

The key responsibilities for this position include contributing to the academic activities of the Business School through teaching and research and leading the implementation of First Nations Strategic Initiatives by increasing the numbers of First Nations students and staff, enhancing cultural competence, and Indigenising the curriculum. The role also involves developing the Business School's profile and relationships by fostering connections with the First Nations business sector and communities through collaborative programs and strategic engagement. Additionally, the position requires chairing the University of Sydney Business School Indigenous Strategy and Services committee, contributing to key committees, and supporting broader university First Nations strategies. The individual in this role must collaborate and build positive working relationships with other Associate Deans and work as part of the leadership team to improve the school's cultural competence.

About you (skills, capabilities and experience)

This position has been designated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only under the provisions of section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

The successful candidate will hold a (PhD) and identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. You will have a network of established relationships with key Indigenous communities, industry and professional and academic institutions. You will have an understanding of governance, policy and compliance frameworks and the ability to translate strategy into operational plans and processes. You will have experience in people leadership and management ideally within the higher education/ knowledge worker sector or large complex organisations.

Term and remuneration

The Associate Dean (Indigenous Strategy and Services) will serve as a three-year fixed-term position with the option for extension for further 2 years, accompanied by a continuing teaching and research position at an Associate Professor Level (Level D). The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Relocation assistance may be provided if required.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

Candidate Information Brochure

If you are a current employee of the University or a contingent worker with access to Workday, please login into your Workday account and navigate to the Career icon on your Dashboard. Click on USYD Find Jobs and apply.

For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact: Liska Turner or Brigid Flynn


To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Applications Close

Thursday 27 June 2024 11:59 PM


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

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