Indigenous Support Officer

Location: Perth
Job Type: Flexible Working Arrangements
Reference: 5358
Position Title: Indigenous Support Officer
Position Number: 3500243
Tenure: 2 years Fixed-term (April 2020)
Salary Range: $68,694 - $75,251 (G05)
Location: Bentley
Description: Curtin University is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (ARWU 2017), and in the top 50 in the world for universities under the age of 50 (QS World University Rankings 2017). In recent years, the University has climbed significantly in global league tables and was named as a rising star, the most collaborative of the Australian universities, and the biggest Australian mover in the Nature Index results for 2016. Curtin is industry-facing, highly engaged with relevant partners, and a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai. As one of Western Australia’s largest single site employers, and most successful graduating University for indigenous students, Curtin is uniquely positioned to influence and drive positive long term indigenous employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Help us build Curtin's future.

As Indigenous Support Officer, you will work as part of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) team to provide support services for Indigenous students with complex and high support needs at Curtin University. You will work closely with the Indigenous Support Coordinator to facilitate the delivery of key indigenous student support projects within CAS. Programs include the CAS student mentor program and the ITEC bridging course. Event participation and developing procedures for the program as well as liaising with a range of external agencies regarding available services for student referral is a key responsibility.

For this role Aboriginality is a genuine occupational requirement under Section 50d of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1984. ‘Indigenous Australians are encouraged to apply.’

• Provide a confidential welfare, advisory and referral service to indigenous students on a range of issues relation to academic progress, success and personal wellbeing.
• Contribute to the development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of a range of orientation, transition and retention strategies to assist Indigenous students to remain engaged with their studies.
• Contribute to the Indigenous Mentorship Program including mentor supervision and development.
• Organise mentor and mentee events.
• Ensure promotions material and mentor handy guide is up to date and distributed, organise mentor certificates, t-shirts and vouchers.
• Obtain and collate data in relation to the CAS mentor program and associated student wellbeing. Monitor and evaluate the impact of the CAS mentor program on student success and retention.

• Completion of a degree, or completion of a diploma with considerable relevant experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate and understand the cultural sensitivity with Aboriginal people on issues that impact on them in a contemporary society, as well as with staff at all levels with cross cultural sensitivity.
• Proven interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to provide a client focused service to students and to liaise effectively with relevant support services.
• Ability to show demonstrated problem solving skills and the ability to assess the needs of vulnerable and at risk students.
• Excellent time management and organizational skills, with strong computer literacy and ability to work in a team environment.

Curtin University embraces diversity and inclusion and invites applications from women, men and intersex individuals who share the University's values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people.

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria.

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date.

Together, we can make tomorrow better.
Benefits and Remuneration: The salary ranges presented are those which are contained within the University's Enterprise Agreements; as are the employee benefits which include employer superannuation contribution at the rate of the current Government Superannuation Guarantee amount up to 17 percent, study assistance, a comprehensive salary packaging and wellness programs and flexible and family friendly work practices.
Contact Person: Marianne Connell, Centre Business Manager, on telephone 92669449
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Valuing Diversity and Affirmative Action: Curtin University embraces diversity and inclusion and invites applications from women, men and intersex individuals who share the University's values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace, therefore, if you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process. All personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with relevant privacy legislation.
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Disclaimer: Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at anytime.