Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous

Bundoora, Australia
19 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Play a central role in setting and driving the university’s strategic direction in relation to Indigenous engagement
  • Fixed term (3 years), full time position based at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
  • Salary commensurate with executive level position

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12(1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic).

About La Trobe

La Trobe University acknowledges that our campuses are located on the lands of many Indigenous Australian traditional custodians in Victoria. We recognise their ongoing connection to the land and value their unique contribution to the University and wider Australian society.

La Trobe University’s success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. La Trobe University turned 50 in 2017, and over the half century of its existence it has established a reputation as an innovative and accessible university, willing to take risks and take on challenges.  Our teaching and research address some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change through operational excellence to benefit the communities we serve.

About the role

This is a key position that will provide leadership and strategic direction in the delivery of key University strategic imperatives.  The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) is accountable for strategic leadership for the whole University and our ambitions in Indigenous Australian student participation, support and success; Indigenous Australian staff recruitment and retention; the embedding of Indigenous Australian knowledges into the University’s courses; research with Indigenous Australian communities; and building strong and enduring partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities both in Victoria and further afield.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) delivers on these targets through leadership of the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Education and its dedicated team of staff located throughout the University’s Victorian campus network.  As a senior leader, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous) builds partnerships with all other areas of the University, particularly Colleges and Schools, the Research portfolio, Human Resources and with the Indigenous Australian communities the University serves.

Key priorities for this position will include;

  • Determining the University’s strategic direction with respect to the University’s Indigenous engagement aspirations.
  • Providing authoritative counsel that sets new standards and determines new areas of knowledge for the University in regard to Indigenous Australian matters.
  • Building and growing relationships between the University and Indigenous communities Australia-wide through

Further responsibilities and requirements for the role can be found in the Position Description.

Skills & Experience

To be considered for this position, you will have a distinguished scholarly record in the field relevant to Indigenous Australian scholarship, with evidence of prominent strategic leadership experience.  You will also demonstrate experience or potential in the leadership of academic and professional staff, including the direction of large and complex divisions.  Capacity for the development and implementation of high level University strategies as well as strong communication skills – both verbal and written – will be critical in effectively performing this role.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted until:  18th March, 2018

For a confidential conversation and to receive further information, please contact: Joe Mallamace – Senior Recruitment Business Partner. or 03 9479 1128

Please address Key Selection Criteria and attach these with your application.

La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For further enquiries on how to apply for this role, please contact HR Assist on 9479 1234.

To apply and to view position description please visit and search for position no. 556488 under current vacancies.

La Trobe is proud to be a member of the SAGE Athena SWAN program to advance gender equality in academia.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.