Aboriginal Student Success Officer
This is an identified position. Applicants must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent. Exemption is claimed under Section 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1988 (TAS). Applicants must provide eligibility documentation with the application, and must be able to demonstrate Aboriginality in addition to addressing the Selection Criteria.
Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education provides educational support and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to build independent, resilient and confident learners at the University of Tasmania. The Riawunna Centre provides culturally appropriate services to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across the University and is responsible for engaging and recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the murina Program and other University pathways and courses.
The Aboriginal Student Success Officer primary responsibility is to provide support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at the University of Tasmania (UTAS); including the delivery of specialised programs to assist in participation, retention and success of Aboriginal students.
In the role you will:
- Provide a high level of support and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students including advice to students on social matters, enrolment procedures, scholarship applications, the delivery of supplementary support services as well as a broad knowledge of other services and programs for referrals across the UTAS.
- Provide a high level of cultural support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to improve student success. Liaise and develop partnerships with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community, Aboriginal Organisations and service providers to promote the University of Tasmania and Riawunna Centre’s courses and programs.
- Work with other educational institutions, Colleges and High Schools to promote higher education, provide advice about university pathways and recruit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to study at the University of Tasmania
- Administer, develop and review processes of Programs within the Aboriginal Student Success portfolio.
You will be employed on a full-time, continuing basis.
To be considered, you will have:
- To be considered for this role you will have evidence of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.
- Evidence of this eligibility is based on the three tiered criteria for Aboriginal used by the Commonwealth Government, and is defined by Federal Court decisions.
- The completion of, or progression towards an undergraduate degree.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the issues effecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the higher education sector, the issues facing the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and the ability to communicate effectively and in a culturally sensitive manner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- Demonstrated knowledge, understanding and awareness of the Higher Education sector support mechanism for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and the importance of Aboriginal Pathway Programs for Aboriginal student success.
- Demonstrated high level interpersonal and networking skills, with the capacity to engage, build and sustain effective and beneficial relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholder relationships.
Appointment to this role will be at HEO 5 and will have a total remuneration package of up to $85,901 comprising base salary within the range of $64,060 to $ 73,420 plus 17% superannuation.
For further information about this position please contact Caroline Spotswood, Head of Service – Riawunna on, Caroline.Spotswood@utas.edu.au or 03 6226 8542.
If you require assistance with the application process, please feel free to contact Jacinta Vanderfeen, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Co-ordinator on Jacinta.Vanderfeen@utas.edu.au or 03 6430 4505.
**Please note, your application must as a minimum include your resume, a cover letter and your responses to the position/selection criteria. The position description for this role is available on the University of Tasmania website.
There are three roles available, with one based at each of our Campuses: Cradle Coast, Newnham and Sandy Bay. Please clearly state on your application which location you are applying for.
Applications close Tuesday 4 April 2017.