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Indigenous Inclusion Officer

Apply now Job no: 497559
Work type: Part-time
Location: Geelong - City, Melbourne - Burwood
Categories: Human / People Services

  • Based at our Geelong Waterfront or Melbourne Burwood Campus
  • Part-time (0.6) and Fixed-Term to 31st December 2020
  • HEW 6 $79,679 + 17% Superannuation 

This exciting new position will be located within the centralised Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) team. The primary purpose of this role will be to support the work of D&I in relation to initiatives and programs that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to achieve full participation in university life, improve the inclusiveness and accessibility of Deakin learning environments, and achieve increased student success and retention.

Reporting to the Coordinator, Indigenous Inclusion, the activities you undertake will align with Deakin’s objectives under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Agenda 2016-2020, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy, Student Learning and Experience Plan, and other University strategic documents.

With understanding and appreciation for Indigenous knowledges and cultures, as well as demonstrated experience successfully managing projects from start to finish, you will be highly organised and able to work independently to deliver on time and within budget. Liaising with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at varying levels of seniority, your high-level communication skills and natural relationship management capabilities will be well utilised in this role, as will your focus on compliance and adherence to policy and procedure.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Support the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Agenda 2016-2020, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy, Success and Retention Strategy, and Student Learning and Experience Plan to advance the University’s agenda in relation to equity, diversity, access and inclusion. This is achieved through consultation with a range of key stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • Collaborate with key contacts in Faculties, Portfolios and IKE with timely consultation and evidence-based advice on a range of equity, diversity, access and inclusion related matters to increase outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • Support the Students as Partners (SaP) project to ensure Indigenous students and staff have the opportunity to contribute to shaping, learning, teaching and the work of the University alongside academic and professional staff.
  • Provide operational support and leadership as required for the implementation and delivery of projects that are designed to increase outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ success, retention, access and inclusion.
  • Drive project management and undertake implementation of key actions within the Deakin Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, including with regard to outreach and widening participation programs for Indigenous students.
  • Any other duties as directed, commensurate with the scope and classification of the position.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • Demonstrated stakeholder and relationship management skills.
  • Understanding of workplace inclusion, particularly around issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.
  • Capability to manage and prioritise multiple projects/programs of work.
  • Ability to run and develop programs to a budget, and to evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated self-motivation, initiative, ability to exercise professional judgement and capacity to solve problems and make independent decisions.
  • Demonstrated experience in the successful coordination of equity, diversity and inclusion programs and projects (*desirable).
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and their communities, along with an established knowledge and understanding of the issues that impact Indigenous people in contemporary Australia.
  • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to produce clear and accurate communications that are appropriate for their intended audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment, initiative, diplomacy, tact and discretion as well as proven experience handling sensitive and personal information in a confidential and appropriate manner.

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

Download File PD - Indigenous Inclusion Officer.pdf

Applications for this position close on 29th January 2020.


  • In line with special measure provisions in Section 12 of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act (2010), the University will only accept applications from people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • Infrequent travel may be required to support events or outreach initiatives within Victoria.
  • Working With Children Check (refer to Recruitment Procedure).

Please submit your updated resume and a short cover letter outlining your skills and experience for this role. Please note; we do not require responses to Key Selection Criteria within your application for this role. 

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Tom Molyneux (Coordinator, Indigenous Inclusion) on 03 5247 9710 or t.molyneux@deakin.edu.au

Alternatively, for a confidential discussion regarding the employment process, and/or Deakin’s support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, please contact Fiona Mitchell (HR Consultant, Indigenous Staffing) on 03 5227 8733 or fiona.mitchell@deakin.edu.au

Are You Ready?

Deakin is one of the new breeds of global universities – agile, dynamic and innovative. We are committed to making a genuine difference in people’s lives through excellence in education and research. As a Victorian university with a global impact, join us and let’s see what we can achieve together.

Our people are important to us, and we understand the significance of providing them with a dynamic and diverse working environment, with opportunities to grow and develop their careers.

At Deakin, we offer a variety of benefits including a flexible and sustainable working environment, lifestyle benefits and various discounts with our third party suppliers.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

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