LEAP Project Officer, Refugee Engagement

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
$77,894 to $85,982
24 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
04 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female Vice-Chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

The Widening Participation Unit at Macquarie runs a broad range of LEAP (Learning, Education, Aspiration, Participation) working with students of various ages towards goals beyond their school years. Their achieve this through activities such as mentoring students from refugee backgrounds, exploring a series of topics with rural and remote students via video conferencing, taking Macquarie University academics into schools to run interactive sessions for students across a range of year groups, and much more. LEAP Program participants come from diverse backgrounds traditionally defined as disadvantaged, including students from low socio-economic (low SES) background, rural and remote students, refugee students, women in non-traditional areas of study, and mature age students who do not enter university directly after completing school.

The Role

We are seeking a Project Officer to develop and implement a new program, engaging with parents and carers of students from refugee backgrounds to increase participation in higher education. Reporting to the LEAP School and Community Engagement Manager, you will:

  • Liaise with various stakeholders to assess the needs and inform LEAP programs dedicated to students from refugee backgrounds;
  • In consultation with the Manager, recommend, develop and implement a recruitment and engagement program for potential students from refugee backgrounds;
  • Develop and coordinate a program of on-site campus visits specifically targeted at parents/ and carers of students from refugee backgrounds;
  • Develop an evalution program and assessment metrics to benchmark and assess program progress and outcomes in line with the program's objectives.

Your highly developed interpersonal skills will enable you to successfully interact with stakeholders across the University, and your advanced organisational skills will ensure you are able to manage multiple priorities and projects within tight timeframes.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, please apply online with your CV and cover letter (1-2 pages) addressing the selection criteria below:


  • Degree in community work, social work or related discipline and/ or equivalent work experience in providing service to culturally and linguistically diverse people, including those from refugee and humanitarian-entrant backgrounds;
  • Knowledge of refugee settlement issues within the current Australian context;
  • Knowledge of the Australian secondary and tertiary systems;
  • Working effectively with adults and children from diverse cultural and language backgrounds;
  • Developing and implementing community engagement programs;
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience building and managing partnerships and relationships;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a part of a team;
  • Experience in coordinating projects and plans.

For further information, please view the position description below.

Working with Children Check Clearance

Employment in this position is conditional upon holding a Working with Children Check Clearance.

Salary Package: From $77,894 to $85,982 p.a. (HEW Level 6), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Part-time (17.5 hours per week), fixed term to 31 December 2017.

Enquiries: Ruth Tregale, Director, Widening Participation Unit at ruth.tregale@mq.edu.au

Applications Close: Sunday 4 December 2016 at 11:55pm.

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

Download File PD - LEAP Project Officer_Refugee Engagement_Final V1.0.pdf

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