Indigenous Student Advisor

Hawthorn, Australia
10 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
18 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Outstanding opportunity at a reputable University that is committed to innovative education, strong industry engagement and social inclusion
  • HEW6: $72,642-$78,414 plus superannuation, based at the Hawthorn Campus
  • Full time/part-time or job share opportunity, fixed term position until 31 December 2017

Swinburne was recognised as a leader in tertiary education when awarded 'Large Training Provider of the Year' at the Australian Training Awards. As a dual sector university offering both Vocational Education and university programs we provide intersectoral pathways from vocational certificates through to PhDs, offering everyone the opportunity to live up to their full potential.

The Department of Health, Science, Education and Social Services is looking for a dynamic, student focussed person to undertake the role of Indigenous Student Advisor. The focus of this role is to work with Swinburne’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through their student journey - from pre-enrolment advice, through to post graduate studies and assist with pathways to further study or employment and scholarship applications.

The overarching aim is to enable and facilitate access to, and participation in tertiary study, that enhance educational opportunity, retention and positive graduate outcomes while working alongside other Swinburne staff to progress the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

We see this role being a critical part of the University’s Indigenous employment strategy. Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), we will therefore only consider applications from suitably qualified Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates for this position.   We strongly encourage Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply.

Skills and experience required:

To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander societies and cultures and an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in contemporary Australian society and the diversity of circumstances of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • An ability to communicate sensitively and effectively, including the requirement for proper negotiation and consultation, with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples on matters relevant to the delivery of education services Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Experience in providing mentoring and support services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in post compulsory education and training.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


As a Swinburne staff member you will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. We also recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available.
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At Swinburne, we celebrate our diverse culture and the strength this brings to our workforce. We are committed to our Indigenous Employment Strategy and are therefore seeking to increase the representation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples within the University, where traditionally they have been under-represented. Specifically, the Department of Health, Science, Education and Social Sciences would like to grow the Indigenous workforce to further enhance the capability within these disciplines.

How to apply

To submit an application please go click on 'apply' and submit a cover letter, resume and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.
For further information, please contact Lisa Devlin Team Leader, Department of Health, Science, Education and Social Services, on telephone +61 3 9210 1153.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Position number: 32007
Applications close at 5pm on Friday 18th November

Previous applicants need not apply

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