Learning Advisor

Cairns, Australia
09 May 2018
End of advertisement period
23 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Position Overview

The Learning Advisor provides systematic, integrated language and learning support through a team-based environment with academic and support staff, and assists students to develop academic literacies and/or numeracy consistent with the guidelines of the Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL). The incumbent works collegially with Associate Deans, Learning and Teaching, Course Coordinators, Academics and Academic Services teams to improve the preparedness and success of students in their chosen area of study. The Learning Advisor will provide specialist advice to students in a designated field which could include English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D); academic literacies; numeracy development; maths and/or science.

Division of Academic and Student Life

The Division of Academic and Student Life is responsible for the overall strategy in relation to learning and teaching, academic quality, student services, careers and counselling, equity and library and information services at JCU. The Division plays a critical role in working with and across the Colleges and Divisions at JCU and also works in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Deputy-Vice Chancellor in driving and meeting the University’s objectives and Strategic Intent. The Division of Academic and Student Life oversees a large component of the student experience within James Cook University.

The Division includes the Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement Directorate, Library and Information Services Directorate, and the Student Services Directorate.

Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement Directorate

The Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement Directorate supports strategic activities in learning and teaching across a range of areas for both staff and students including: staff professional development, learning technologies, pathways and transition to study, academic language and learning as well as services to ensure  equity and student wellbeing. The Directorate delivers a number of University-wide projects and programs, which support academic staff, including professional development induction programs, the delivery of the Graduate Certificate of Education (Academic Practice) and support for applications for teaching grants and awards.  

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Academic and Student Life

Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement Directorate

Principal Accountabilities

  1. In collaboration with academic staff, develop strategic and innovative language and learning programs to improve the preparedness and success of students, with a particular focus on the designated specialty.
  2. Undertake comprehensive reviews of available data to support course subject design and ongoing student support needs.
  3. Develop online material for students in specific discipline areas to support academic requirements.
  4. Develop and maintain a good overall understanding of all of the services that the Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement Directorate provide and collaborate to support Directorate objectives including administrative tasks as required.
  5. Develop and maintain productive and respectful working relationships with academic and support staff across the University to ensure uptake of Academic Language and Learning support, objectives and enhanced collaboration.
  6. Lead and engage with University wide activities to support students and staff, particularly focusing on the designated specialty.
  7. Develop broad ranging evaluation strategies to ensure the adequacy of support provision in Academic Language and Learning.
  8. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  10. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.


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

Professional and Technical

Level 8

Generic Accountabilities 

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

  1. The 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 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 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. 

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Post-graduate qualification in Education specialising in maths and/or science and extensive relevant experience in a Learning Advisor position and maths and/or science educationor an equivalent combination of experience and/or education and/or training.
  2. Demonstrated effectiveness in developing, leading and evaluating educational programs, particularly with maths and science, with evidence of positive outcomes for diverse learners.
  3. Understanding of current policy imperatives in Higher Education and their relevance to a Learning Advisor role, including ability to engage in a scholarly manner with professional associations.
  4. Demonstrated success working in a team environment and collaborating with a range of stakeholders.
  5. High level oral communication skills with exemplary interpersonal, negotiation and problem solving skills.
  6. High level written communication skills with competent use of a range of learning technologies, including the suite of Microsoft programs.


  1. Demonstrated skills in cross-cultural communication and a demonstrated commitment to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education outcomes.
  2. Experience in the design of research/evaluation projects.