Schools Outreach Officer

Sydney, Australia
15 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Widening Participation and Outreach (WPO)

  • Be valued for your exceptional relationship management experience
  • Share our enthusiasm for building capacity to access and participate in higher education
  • Full-time fixed term for five years

About the opportunity

Working within our Widening Participation and Outreach (WPO) team the Schools Outreach Officer will work with school students to deliver a series of on-campus and in-school study skills workshops as part of the academic enrichment projects delivered through the Widening Participation and Outreach program. Under the guidance of the Head Widening Participation and Outreach you will:

  • serve as the key point of contact and relationship manager to engaged schools, acting as a cohesive link between schools and WPO
  • coordinate the effective implementation and facilitation of workshops for and in identified schools in collaboration with community partners
  • monitor and evaluate workshops and provide key development recommendations.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Schools Outreach Officer who demonstrates:

  • tertiary qualifications and/or relevant work experience, preferably in project management and administration
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with a variety of matters
  • experience effectively managing a diverse group of key stakeholders on large or complex projects and the ability to develop/cultivate productive relationships with industry providers and key users.

This position is only open to candidates of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and is authorised under the provisions of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Evidence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent must be provided with the application.

About us

Widening Participation and Outreach (WPO) leads and supports programs and initiatives to build school and community capacity to attend higher education and to increase the participation of students from identified cohorts; Low Socio-Economic (Low SES); regional and remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. This includes management and implementation of the University’s schools and community engagement programs with disadvantaged schools and communities which include Compass, Wingara Mura - Bunga Barrabugu strategy, ASTAR.TV, and other faculty based programs.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.


This position is designated as child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 5pm 1 March 2018

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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