Dean, Indigenous Education and Engagement

Sippy Downs, Australia
12 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
06 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Role Statement

Remuneration: An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate

Appointment: Full-time, fixed-term for 5 years

USC Vision

USC will be a university of international standing, a driver of capacity building in the Sunshine Coast and broader region, and an unsurpassed community asset.

University Strategic Goals

The University will be:

  1. A comprehensive university of 20,000 students by 2020;
  2. Positioned in the global tertiary education community as a top-100 university under 50 years of age; and
  3. A primary engine of capacity building in the broader Sunshine Coast region, from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.

Overview of Work Area

The University is seeking to appoint the new position of Dean, Indigenous Education and Engagement. Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), the incumbent makes outstanding leadership contributions, and manages people and relationships to achieve the University’s objectives in keeping with the University’s strategic and high-level plans.

The Dean works collaboratively across the PVC(S) and PVC(E) portfolios and all USC campuses, to progress key initiatives in the USC Strategic and Academic Plans. 

Overview of the Role

The Dean will be a member of USC Senior Staff, a member of Academic Board and a member of the University’s Learning and Teaching Committee to progress three key and interrelated areas of University-wide leadership. 

The first leadership area focuses on the Indigenous Services team and their work with prospective and current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. In this aspect of the role, the Dean provides strategic direction and maintains meaningful and sustainable relationships with key internal and external stakeholders to improve access and participation at USC. In addition, the Dean provides strategic direction about the suite of learning-focused activities that increase the engagement, achievement and retention of current students. 

Specifically, this aspect of the role is responsible for:

  • Developing, implementing  and monitoring progress of USC’s Indigenous Student Success Plan and its supporting operational plans.
  • Providing strategic leadership and direction to USC Indigenous Services team.

The second area of leadership focuses on realising USC’s commitment to engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and their communities. 

Specifically, this aspect of the role is responsible for:

  • Developing strategic relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and their communities, with particular focus on the regions where USC’s campuses are located.
  • Providing oversight of events of national significance regarding reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and promoting respectful participation in these events for the wider USC community.

The third area of leadership focuses on USC’s national commitments to reconciliation and the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. 

Specifically, this aspect of the role is responsible for providing strategic advice:

  • To facilitate the implementation of the USC Framework for Embedding Aboriginal Knowledges and Perspectives and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges and Perspectives in Curriculum.
  • About formal and informal mechanisms so that the voices and views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students inform University governance and decision making processes.
  • To facilitate achievement of USC’s commitments to the UA Indigenous Strategy and the USC Reconciliation Action Plan.

USC will provide support to the Dean Indigenous Education and Engagement to build on current and future relevant programs and policies, and to provide leadership of and participate in relevant projects and committees. The incumbent will contribute to matters relating to Indigenous Education in the Higher Education sector, including relevant relationships with Government, developing funding submissions and providing oversight about reporting requirements. The incumbent will also be responsible for the operational budget of Indigenous Services and the supplementary funding associated with this service.

The successful candidate will possess relevant qualifications and experience to be appointed as a Professor. In addition, the successful candidate will have extensive knowledge and demonstrated experience in developing, managing and leading institutional programs and strategic partnerships with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To perform this role, it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. This is a genuine occupational requirement under section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act (Qld) 1991.

Contact for Further Information

Professor Karen Nelson

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students)

+61 7 5456 5458

Closing Date

Midnight, Sunday 6 May 2018

To Apply

All applicants MUST provide both a statement of claims and resume/curriculum vitae. The statement of claims will address each of the three areas of leadership described above, and include relevant examples that clearly demonstrate how your knowledge, skills and experience align with the role requirements. The statement of claims should be no more than four A4 pages.

Further information is available on our website information for applicants.

As part of your role, you may be required to travel to any one of USC's locations.

To apply please click the Apply button at top of screen.

USC values diversity, enables access and promotes inclusion.

USC strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.