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Indigenous Student Advancement Officer

  • LocationOurimbah, NSW 2258
  • Work TypeFull time
  • Positions1 Position
  • Applications Close AtCloses in 8 days
    Published on 31 Jan 2023
  • Job no: HRC0001142
  • Category: Professional, HEW 6
  • Full-time Permanent Position at Ourimbah
  • Higher Education Worker Level 6
  • You must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person

Combine your passion for Indigenous higher education, with your desire to help people and support the student success and retention activities.  This is a customer focused role within a collaborative team environment.

Join our community

In this role you will be responsible for but not limited to:

  • Providing high quality proactive advice and exceptional student/client centred service to students in relation to their programs and courses
  • Being the primary point of contact for Indigenous students at Callaghan.
  • Case management of student personal and academic needs
  • Identifying student academic gaps and facilitate and oversee appropriate tutorial support.
  • Assisting to identify Indigenous students ‘at risk’ by monitoring their academic progression and through regular contact
  • Developing initiatives (eg events, mentoring groups, cultural experiences to promote a positive student experience
  • Identifying opportunities for Work Integrated Learning for student placements

About the Unit

The Wollotuka Institute of Indigenous Engagement and Advancement supports innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration to facilitate the achievement of quality outcomes that prioritises Indigenous students, and in particular, prepares Indigenous graduates who make a difference and to create impact within the University, in our communities and across the globe.

About our University

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our vision is to be a world-leading University for our regions and creating a better future for our regions and the globe. Underpinned by this vision are our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability.

How will you inspire us?

This is an identified position and applicants must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. Being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational qualification as authorised under Section 14(D) of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977 NSW.

  • Be a team player, someone who is able to multi-task, set priorities and work to meet competing deadlines.
  • Identify initiatives and make recommendations to achieve operational objectives linked to the Wollotuka Strategic Plan; and
  • Engage with Community and Industry to provide advice on matters in relation to quality outcomes for Indigenous students.

We provide opportunities for all people regardless of their background and experience, and this philosophy is reflected across all that we do. 

What we offer

The remuneration for this position is from $82,707 FTE plus 17% superannuation and is commensurate with skills and experience. 

For information on our employee benefits (such as flexible working, discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships and salary packaging) please visit here.  

Your next steps

Click the Apply button to be redirected to the advert on our University of Newcastle jobs page where you will find a guide on how to apply and gain access to the job description


Your application must include:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter outlining your motivation to apply for this opportunity and your location preference.
  • A statement addressing the Essential Criteria listed below
  1. Demonstrated experience in communicating effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and knowledge and understanding of the successes and issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  2. Demonstrated experience or understanding of success factors to achieve a “student/client centred” model.
  3. Demonstrated experience in the implementation and evaluation of Indigenous student or community programs or similar in a large/complex organisation.
  4. Demonstrated organisational skills and the ability to meet competing deadlines with a demonstrated ability to be proactive and apply initiative.
  5. Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills including the capacity to build relationships and an inter-disciplinary way of working.
  6. Ability to generate a strong sense of team spirit, co-operation and collaboration within and across teams. 
  7. Ability to work collaboratively and bring together people from different areas to participate in School/Division or University wide initiatives. 

Supporting Documentation.

A letter signed by an executive of an incorporated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander organisation, who has the authority to administer confirmation of Aboriginality and/or Torres Strait Islander status, on the organisations letterhead that they are accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived.

Please upload your Cover Letter, response to the requested Criteria and supporting documents as one PDF document.

Your Cover Letter and Response to the Essential Criteria should not exceed 6 pages (approximately 3,000 words).

For the full list of the selection criteria and role responsibilities, please download the Position Description before commencing your application (available in the Related Documents section below).

Due to the nature of this role, the University may require the preferred candidate to undertake further pre-employment checks.

For specific position enquiries, please contact Lindsay Hardy, Student Advancement Manager on (02) 4055 3038 or via email Lindsay.Hardy@newcastle.edu.au

Having Difficulties? Please reach out to us: employment@newcastle.edu.au

Closing date: Wednesday 15th February 2023 at 11.59pm AEDT

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you


  • Closes in 8 days - 15 Feb 2023
  • Published on 31 Jan 2023, 10:21 PM