Indigenous Student Engagement and Support Specialist
University of New South Wales

Indigenous Student Engagement and Support Specialist

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Administration, Student Services, Student Recruitment / Admissions



Indigenous Student Engagement and Support Specialist

Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture  

REF# 501575

  • 3 year- Fixed Term contract 
  • Full-Time - 35 hrs/per week
  • $97,381 to $105,395+ 17% Super and Leave Loading 

UNSW has obtained an exemption under section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) to designate and recruit professional and academic positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons only. Due to the nature of the work required, this position is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only. 

The Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity in UNSW Sydney’s Faculty of Arts, Design, and Architecture (ADA). The Indigenous Student Engagement and Support Specialist will be responsible for leading and managing the recruitment, retention, and support initiatives for current and future Indigenous students in the faculty.


Specific accountabilities for this role include

  • Provide ongoing support and guidance to the Faculty’s Indigenous students through direct and regular engagement activities.
  • Assess the Faculty’s Indigenous students’ academic, cultural and personal support needs and provide appropriate support, including intervention and referrals where required.
  • Use UNSW systems to track each student’s academic progress from enrolment until graduation.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with Nura Gili Indigenous Programs and other university areas to facilitate effective ways to support student development and success.
  • Plan, implement and record future student engagement and outreach activities.
  • Participate in recruitment activities on and off-campus, including responding to enquiries via phone, online and face-to-face, and attending recruitment events.
  • Coordinate the Faculty’s participation in Nura Gili engagement and recruitment programs, such as Winter School.
  • Coordinate the Faculty’s participation in Nura Gili’s Alternative Entry Pathways, the Pre-Programs and the Indigenous Admissions Scheme.
  • Conduct interviews for student entry through the Indigenous Admissions Scheme as needed
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with High School Aboriginal Education Officers and Careers Advisors across NSW and in other states.
  • Maintain confidentiality in relation to student records and adhere to UNSW and statutory privacy requirements.
  • Ability to work outside of normal hours occasionally.
  • Ability to travel may be required occasionally.
  • Undertake other duties requested by the Associate Dean Indigenous to assist in meeting the objectives of the UNSW Indigenous Strategy, and the Faculty’s Indigenous Strategy.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

 Please ensure you address your answers to the Skills & Experience based on the position description in your cover letter. 

Download File PD - Ind Stud Eng and Sup Specialist - L7.pdf


Steve Lalic - Talent Acquisition Consultant 


Applications close:  Wednesday 28th April 2021 11.00pm (AEST) 

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the skills & experience to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).

Position Description

Advertised: 30 Mar 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 28 Apr 2021 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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