Lecturer, Level C Counselling, Discipline Lead

Brisbane, Australia
13 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Enjoy access to flexible work arrangements
  • Contribute to the growth and direction of ACAP as thought leaders in the industry
  • Convenient location in Brisbane CBD in the Cathedral Square complex on 410 Ann Street.

Work within an innovative environment, responsive to the profession to become pioneers in the discipline.

The Senior Lecturer will lead the Discipline of Counselling on the Brisbane Campus. This will involve assisting the Campus Academic Manager in the leading a team of permanent and sessional academic teachers.

In addition, the Senior Lecturer will take a senior role in overseeing, preparing and refreshing high quality curriculum in the ACAP discipline of Counselling programs, across the HE Diploma of Counselling, Bachelor of Counselling, Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The curriculum includes interactive and innovative online teaching and learning activities as well as on-campus teaching. The successful incumbent will be expected to take a lead in teaching within the programs. Unit coordination, research and scholarship activities, postgraduate research project supervision and professional service are important aspects of this role.

Essential Skills & Experience

  • PhD or Professional Doctorate qualification in counselling process/practice and/or clinical supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to develop quality curriculum and assessments at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in accredited counselling and psychotherapy degrees, with experience of professional accreditation requirements
  • Preferably, a minimum of 5 years of clinical experience, and membership of relevant professional associations such as PACFA, ACA, APS College of Counselling Psychologists
  • Eligibility to be registered as a counselling supervisor with PACFA, ACA, or other clinical professional body
  • Substantial academic experience in teaching counselling or related discipline at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels with demonstrated excellent feedback in teaching
  • Extensive knowledge of counsellor education literature and implementation of leading edge/best practices in tertiary teaching and learning including blended learning, experiential learning, critical thinking and a teacher practitioner approach to learning
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake academic supervision of research projects within the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively and build strong relationships with clinical supervisors, academics, student experience staff, student placement staff, and sessional teachers
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and in teams
  • Demonstrated computer literacy, including competence in using word processing, Excel, and qualitative and/or statistical analysis software
  • Expertise in using Moodle or similar platform and online teaching programs
  • Knowledge of Work Health and Safety policies of relevance to the work environment
  • Preferable track record of scholarship activities in counselling, or related field
  • Preferable Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching or Higher Education

What we can do for you:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Study assistance up to 100% reimbursement (subject to conditions)
  • First class modern facilities
  • Career progression and development pathways
  • Collegial and collaborative environment with the aim of academic excellence
  • Mobility within the organisation and locations
  • Health & Wellbeing packages which includes free counselling for employees and family, discounted gym membership, movie tickets, discounts on travel, accommodation and insurance
  • Salary packaging and novated leasing

Who we are 

Established in 1983, the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) is a leader in applied psychology education and courses promoting individual and community wellbeing.

The college faculty promotes a collegial environment, hands-on approach and supportive culture, within a diverse student community.

We are a Higher Education Institution and Registered Training Organisation within the Careers & Industry Division of Navitas Limited, an ASX 200 listed company. 

Our mission 

ACAP is evolving and looking at innovative ways with a forward focused approach on adapting to the ever-changing landscape of education, the marketplace and society. We aim to become a thought leader in our space with the ability to influence stakeholders in the Australian education environment.

We benefit from the support of Navitas, a large diversified global educator who are committed to improving lives through education, passion for student outcome and growth through conviction and rigour.

Teaching and students are at the heart of what drives us. We are proud of our graduates, teachers and support staff and excited about our future, and the future of delivering accessible and effective education.

Our campuses are located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Online and soon Perth.

Successful candidates will require full working rights in Australia and to undergo a criminal records check & working with children check. Navitas promotes equality, flexibility and equal opportunity in the workplace.

Please apply online and include a resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria, or alternatively, email your application to katrina.andrews@acap.edu.au 

For further information please contact Katrina Andrews on the above email, or alternatively +61 7 3234 4414.

Applications close Friday 27th July 2018. Any received past the close-off date may be considered pending recruitment process.

Title: Campus Discipline Lead
Division: Careers and Industry
Reports to: Campus Academic Manager

Overview: The Discipline Lead is a campus level position which provide academic leadership to the discipline faculty on a specific campus. This position is responsible for the delivery of high quality academic programs, providing support to staff involved in the delivery of said programs. The Discipline Lead deputises for the Chair of Discipline in the planning and delivery of academic programs, and assists the Campus Academic Manager in the management of academic staff.

2. Key Relationships:

I. Campus Academic Manager
II. Discipline Chair
III. Campus Discipline Academic Staff
IV. Campus Manager
V. Students 

Key Result Areas:

In conjunction with the Chairs of Discipline, Campus Manager and Campus Academic Manager:

1. Academic Leadership

  • Ensuring the delivery of disciplinary programs on the campus in accordance with regulatory and professional accreditation standards
  • Overseeing the implementation of academic policies and procedures as they apply to discipline programs delivered on the campus
  • Collaborating with the Campus Academic Manager in relation to planning and management of resources for the delivery of discipline programs on the campus
  • Collaborating with the Campus Academic Manager and Discipline Chair in the recruitment and onboarding of discipline academic staff
  • Working with the Chair of Discipline to ensure consistency of delivery of programs across campuses
  • Contributing to academic administration of the disciplinary courses on the campus, including admissions processes, student unit and course results

2. Stakeholder Relationships

  • Facilitating effective communication between discipline academic staff and key stakeholders
  • Participating actively in local and national community and professional service initiatives to support the operations of the discipline and the campus

3. Service Delivery

  • Overseeing and contributing to the delivery of disciplinary events on campus
  • Responding to student enquiries as required

4. Student Success

  • Contributing to the implementation of academic policies and procedures for students undertaking discipline programs on the campus
  • Monitoring performance of students undertaking discipline programs to identify and manage issues contributing to variations in student success between campuses

5. Research and Scholarship

  • Applying research and scholarship to the design and delivery of disciplinary programs
  • Developing the culture of research and scholarship among disciplinary academic staff on the campus

6. Other duties: Other duties as required commensurate with the skills and responsibility of this role.

Qualifications and Selection Criteria


  • Postgraduate qualifications in relevant discipline
  • Extensive academic experience in tertiary/ higher education
  • Knowledge of relevant academic and professional accreditation standards


  • PhD in relevant discipline
  • Previous academic leadership experience

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