Indigenous Peer Assisted Learning Advisor

Location
Townsville, Australia
Posted
18 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2018
Ref
16363
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Sessional

Position Overview

The Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet provides funding to the Indigenous Education and Research Centre to enable Indigenous students studying at James Cook University to receive peer assisted learning through the Indigenous Student Success (Higher Education) Program. This program aims to improve academic outcomes for Indigenous students by providing peer assistance in addition to the usual teaching and learning of each JCU subject

The Indigenous Peer Assisted Learning (IPAL) Advisor within this program offers one-to-one, group, and/or in-house assistance with academic skills to assist Indigenous students to understand subject content, demonstrate learning through assessment, and develop autonomous learning habits. IPAL Advisors receive general direction and training and report to Indigenous Academic Support (IAS) Advisors on a regular basis.

The Indigenous Education and Research Centre coordinates the Peer Assisted Learning Program for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander JCU students in Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Mt Isa, Thursday Island and those studying externally/remotely.

Office of the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor

The Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor (SDVC) has responsibility for the Academic Divisions, the Division of Research and Innovation, and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs at the executive level. The SDVC is the standing deputy to the Vice Chancellor. As the senior officer in the Division of Research and Innovation, the SDVC is responsible for developing and implementing research policy and providing leadership in research. This involves promoting collaboration with Government, industry, publicly funded research agencies and universities.

Indigenous Education & Research Centre

In collaboration with the University’s divisions, colleges and directorates the Indigenous Education & Research Centre will provide a whole of university approach to our engagement with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and communities.

The Centre will provide leadership and co-ordination around student support, employment opportunities, curriculum and research relating to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community events. It will also be a place where Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and community feel safe and respected.

A core pillar of the Centre’s work will be the development of an integrated framework to support Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students by raising their aspiration to attend university, developing pathways and transition to university, supporting them through their course of study assisting with career planning upon graduation and maintaining contact with alumni. Through this approach we aim to improve access, participation and success for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and bring about enduring benefits to their communities.

While the initial focus of the Centre is to consolidate and develop our strengths in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning, teaching and research within the northern Queensland region, our ambition is to extend the scope and reach to include comparative international studies, with a focus on Indigenous people in the tropics.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Office of the Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor

Indigenous Education & Research Centre

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Provide Indigenous students with one-to-one, group, and/or in-house assistance with academic skills to understand subject content, demonstrate learning through assessment, and develop autonomous learning habits, under the guidance of the IAS Advisors.
  2. Understand and keep abreast of changes to all aspects of LearnJCU and relevant associated documents ie. subject outlines, assessment requirements and study plans.
  3. Identify and report potential issues which may arise during the student support sessions to inform early intervention strategies where necessary.
  4. Submit regular (ie. fortnightly) advice/updates and timesheets for work performed with allocated students to enable student case management to be monitored in a timely manner.
  5. Attend required IPAL Advisor training program and other relevant training as identified.
  6. Contribute to establishing and maintaining a culturally safe and healthy workplace.
  7. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Australian 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.

Descriptors

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:

Generic Accountabilities

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

  1. The Indigenous Peer Assisted Learning Advisor is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Indigenous Peer Assisted Learning Advisor is 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.
  3. The Indigenous Peer Assisted Learning Advisor 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.

Special Conditions

  • A current working with children “Blue Card” will be a requirement of this position

Selection Criteria

  1. Completion of degree; or at least two years ahead of assigned student(s); and a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.0.
  2. Demonstrated interpersonal communication and negotiation skills applied to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on matters relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking higher education.
  3. High level of skill and demonstrated ability to navigate all aspects of LearnJCU and relevant associated documents such as subject outlines.
  4. Demonstrated high level skill in understanding assessment requirements and planning study loads.
  5. Ability to work independently and effectively to assist the allocated students’ learning.
  6. Ability to actively participate in and contribute to establishing and maintaining a culturally safe and healthy workplace.