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Lecturer in Social Work (Identified)

Adelaide, Australia
$110,127 - $130,325 plus 17%
Closing date
30 Jun 2024
  • Continuing | Ideally Full-Time at 1.0FTE, but will consider 0.8
  • Academic Level B | $110,127 - $130,325 plus 17% Superannuation
  • Location: Bedford Park / Kaurna Country
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About the Opportunity

We have a unique and impactful opportunity for someone of indigenous heritage to join the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work to Lecturer in Social Work.  As the successful candidate, you will contribute to quality research and the planning and delivery of topics within the suite of undergraduate and/or postgraduate topics/courses in Social Work with a focus on indigeneity and decolonisation, mental health and trauma informed approaches to practice, including skills development.

Some of the key responsibilities of the position include:

  • Contributing to the planning, delivery and evaluation of lectures, tutorials, laboratory-based material or other teaching strategies, including placement education for topics, primarily within the suite of undergraduate and/or postgraduate topics/courses and undertake topic coordination.
  • Delivering inspiring and innovative teaching informed by approaches that enhance the student experience and support students with academic and/or other challenges impeding their academic progress.
  • Participating and contributing to ethical, high quality and innovative research and evaluation through activities such as scholarship, quality publication, external grant acquisition and presentation that aligns with the College areas of research strength and focus and contribute to supervision of student research programs.
  • Actively participating in high performing multi-disciplinary teams with an education and research focus and contribute to the development of a respectful, trusting and collaborative working environment.

Our Commitment to Reconciliation and Indigenous Employment 

Flinders University is proud to be an organisation that is committed to our Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Workforce Strategy. Our vision is to be a preferred employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  We are committed to progressing Indigenous advancement in education, research, employment, and wellbeing, and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all Flinders vacancies. 

About You 

To be successful, you have completed a PhD in Social Work or a related discipline and are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers. You have proven ability to deliver teaching with a focus on indigeneity and decolonisation, mental health and/or trauma informed approaches to practice, including skills development.

Some of the key position capabilities of the role are:

  • Experience applying or embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and ways of knowing and doing in teaching and research practice.
  • Demonstrated evidence of a strong research track record (for career stage) in an area aligned with the College areas of strengths including evidence of quality publications and attraction of external competitive grants.
  • A clear understanding of the nexus between teaching and learning, research and scholarship.
  • Exemplary oral & written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish effective relationships with staff, students and industry.

For a more detailed list of position requirements and responsibilities, please view the Position Description

About the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work 

Through our world-class teaching and research, we equip students with the skill, commitment, and vision to protect vulnerable communities and advance human development. The College is dedicated to cultivating bright minds and inspiring innovative, passionate, and highly skilled graduates for future ready careers, and delivering connections for life. 

About the Flinders Social Work Team

Our Social Work team is passionate about fostering a fairer, more inclusive, and socially just society.  We are committed to high-quality education, including career-ready skills and knowledge, that will prepare students for the complexities of contemporary practice. We are highly engaged in exploring nuanced, evidence-based responses to complex problems, such as child abuse, domestic and family violence, disability, homelessness and mental health through research and partnerships to decolonise social work, health, and the human services.

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). 
  • SA Identified Positions: 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.  The successful candidate will be required to provide Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent. 

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 Deborah West or Mary Katsikitis.


Applications to be submitted before 10:00 pm:

30 June 2024

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.

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