Academic Developer

Townsville, Australia
$89,859 - $106,029
09 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Academic Developer leads curriculum design and mapping across the Division, with a particular focus on high quality assessment design under broad direction of the Director, Academic Quality and Strategy.  The incumbent collaborates with a wide range of College based staff and staff in the Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement (LTSE) directorate to support the design of curriculum.

The Academic Developer provides support to embed curriculum priorities at JCU, including internationalisation and embedding Indigenous perspectives in the curriculum, the teaching research nexus and work integrated learning. The incumbent working collaboratively with academic staff; Associate Deans, Learning and Teaching and LTSE staff, supports the review and development of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework curricula for diverse students using a student-centred approach.

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

The Office of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine provides collaborative leadership with the Colleges and ensures that the Colleges are able to deliver the core business of learning and teaching, research and engagement and contribute effectively to the strategic agenda. The Division office drives the strategic objectives of the Division and also services a proportion of College administrative operations. The Colleges of the Division include:

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Lead curriculum design and mapping across the Division, with a particular focus on high quality assessment design.
  2. Contribute to scholarly/research applications and outputs in learning, teaching and assessment practice.
  3. Lead staff professional development in learning, teaching and assessment practice.
  4. Contribute to the development of policy, frameworks and practices associated with academic quality and governance.
  5. Assist with evaluations and reporting of academic quality and governance matters including TEQSA compliance.
  6. Work collaboratively with academic and support staff to conceptualise and design pedagogically appropriate learning designs for diverse learners in a variety of courses aligned with JCU’s mission to make a difference in the tropics.
  7. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  9. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities 

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1.   The Academic Developeris required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.  This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations.  Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  2. The Academic Developer is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Completion of a PhD and a postgraduate qualification in Education or Learning and Teaching;or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education and/or training.
  2. Demonstrated record of achievement and experience in teaching and learning, particularly in curriculum mapping and assessment design within the context of higher education.
  3. Demonstrated track record in learning and teaching scholarly outputs.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with staff and others at all levels within the Unit and the University including exemplary communication and interpersonal skills.
  5. Knowledge of, and demonstrated engagement with, contemporary higher education policy and practice.
  6. Demonstrated successful teaching and leadership in higher education context, including policy development and implementation.


  1. Demonstrated commitment to developing inclusive curriculum, with particular understanding of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.