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Indigenous Student Support and Outreach

Notre Dame University

Sydney Broadway Campus, HEW 5, Full-time, 3 Year Fixed Term Contract in a supportive work environment

To perform this position, it is essential that the person be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. It is a genuine occupational requirement, under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, that applicants are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

To be eligible for this position, you must provide a statement and supporting documentation that addresses how you meet each of the following criteria for Aboriginality:

  • be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  • identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and
  • be accepted as such by the community in which they live or have lived.

About the University

Since its inception in 1989, Notre Dame has become a leader in higher education and now has over 12,000 students enrolled across its three main campuses in Broome, Fremantle, and Sydney. Notre Dame is an Australian University which embraces both the modern Australian university tradition and the ancient and esteemed traditions of Catholic universities both in Europe and North America.

The University is especially noteworthy for its role as a leader in the great traditional professional disciplines of Health and Education, long associated with the mission of the Church in Australia. Through its Broome Campus, the University has also assumed a special role in the education of, and service to, the Aboriginal people of North Western Australia.

About the School / Office

The Student Experience department encompasses three pillars that includes Student Success, Student Wellbeing and Student Life. In addition this area will provide students with Library and Chaplaincy Support. Indigenous Students will be provided support through all the areas mentioned above.

About the role / Position Purpose

This position reports to the Director, Student Success and is responsible for i) supporting the educational goals of Notre Dame’s Indigenous students and ii) to positively Impact Indigenous Higher Education participation rates via outreach initiatives.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Support the educational goals of Indigenous students through connecting students to academic and support programs, mentoring and making a positive contribution to a vibrant community life;
  2. Engage with external partners, students and relevant internal stakeholders, to increase Indigenous student participation in Higher Education, and support Indigenous student success;
  3. Contribute to the continuous improvement of practices, operational processes and implementation of programs and initiatives to assist Indigenous students with their transition to University life and study;
  4. Undertake student eligibility assessments for the purpose of advising on scholarships, support and grants;
  5. Maintain appropriate documentation for government and university reporting:
  6. Other duties as identified by the Director - Student Success & PVC-Student Experience; and
  7. Comply with policies and procedures in all aspects of their work and conduct.

Selection Criteria


  1. Supportive of the Objects of Notre Dame as a Catholic University.
  2. Completion of a degree or tertiary qualification or an equivalent combination of relevant training and experience;
  3. Experience and an understanding of the current issues and trends within education and challenges facing students;

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  1. Knowledge of the historical, political and social factors that impact the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Higher Education;
  2. Knowledge of the complex relationships which may govern and influence Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures;
  3. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work sensitively and respectfully with Aboriginal communities, and build successful internal and external relationships;
  4. Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with others to identify and pursue a common purpose;
  5. Ability to identify opportunities and to initiate and reach strategic goals;
  6. Demonstrated ability to undertake administrative duties;
  7. Excellent time management and organisational skills with a demonstrated ability to respond to changing priorities, meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks. 

Enquiries about the role: Please contact  Vandana.brown@nd.edu.au, using the subject line: Indigenous Student Support and Outreach enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Applicants are expected to address all selection criteria in their Cover Letter and have current and valid work rights in Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

The University of Notre Dame Australia seeks to increase the diversity of our workforce to better meet the different needs of the University and its stakeholders and to improve equal opportunity outcomes for our staff.

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