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Associate Director, Murrup Barak - Identified role (Indigenous Only)


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Associate Director, Murrup Barak - Identified role (Indigenous Only)

Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Continuing

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic).

About Murrup Barak Murrup Barak means ‘the spirit of Barak' in Woiwurrung language. This name was chosen to honour the memory of William Barak – a visionary Wurundjeri leader.

Operating within the University of Melbourne, the purpose of Murrup Barak is to provide a safe, responsive, and empowering service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Murrup Barak closely collaborates with colleagues across the Student and Scholarly Services division, Chancellery and Indigenous Leadership of the University to achieve outcomes in Indigenous outreach, engagement, retention and success.

About the role The Associate Director will be responsible for successful translation and delivery of a range of University-wide initiatives to support the implementation of the Indigenous Student Plan and the annual priorities of Murrup Barak to transform the Indigenous student experience. The Associate Director will be responsible for maintaining the efficiency of Murrup Barak and will have operational oversight of the centre including supervision, resourcing and budget.

With a number of direct reports, the Associate Director will play a vital role in motivating and coaching staff, identifying opportunities for professional development, growth and career progression. The Associate Director will represent Murrup Barak on a range of the Universities' student-focused committees and working groups. This role will lead the team through programs of change and will ensure that staff are brought along on the journey.

For a full description of the role, please contact Lachlan at [email protected]

About you You will have excellent people management skills with the ability to navigate and lead teams through programs of change. You will have a well demonstrated understanding of the cultural, political, and education landscape for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People and communities.

With the ability to align day-to-day operations with the Murrup Barak's strategic objectives, you will be skilled in providing ongoing support and motivation to your team. You will have a strong leadership presence with the ability to navigate high-level stakeholder engagement and influence key decision makers. You'll have a strong passion for driving Indigenous student success and improving educational outcomes across the university. You will be highly strategic with strengths in risk management, program design and project delivery.

Selection Criteria

  • Postgraduate qualifications or substantial progress towards postgraduate qualifications and extensive management experience in a relevant industry; and demonstrated operational leadership and strategic program delivery OR an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders and manage sensitive stakeholder relationships including with government and peak bodies.
  • High-level organisational and problem-solving skills, including the ability to coordinate multiple functions and meet competing deadlines; to work proactively, forecast risks and respond to unexpected situations.
  • Demonstrated track-record designing, managing and delivering complex and/or high-profile programs and/or projects aligned with organisational strategic priorities.
  • Proven high level strategic management, analytical, risk management and project management skills in a multi-disciplinary environment and a record of achievement in delivering key projects and operational services.
  • Highly-developed leadership skills and a proven ability to establish effective collaborative relationships to build organisational capability and responsiveness.
  • What we can offer you The University of Melbourne is committed to reciprocal partnerships with Indigenous communities.

  • Role with the opportunity to make an impact in one of Australia's leading universities.
  • Competitive salary package.
  • Exceptional personal and professional development opportunities.
  • A wide variety of resources and services.
  • Discounts for yourself and family on courses.
  • For further information about the benefits on offer at the University of Melbourne, please visit https: //

    How to apply Your application should include:

  • a cover letter describing your motivation and suitability for the position.
  • an up-to-date CV which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role
  • Applications should be submitted through our website by clicking the “Apply Now” button on the below link:

    https: // www. opportunities/associate-director-murrup-barak414/

    Applications must be submitted by 11:59PM Monday 22 April 2024

    How to get more information Additional information is available in the role description or by contacting the team at Pipeline Talent.

    Lachlan Holton Senior Recruitment Consultant [email protected] 02 8001 6603 0438 982 746

  • Advertised:
  • 04 Apr 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

  • Applications close:
  • 22 Apr 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Job details


    Associate Director, Murrup Barak - Identified role (Indigenous Only)


    University of Melbourne




    April 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 22, 2024

    Job type



    Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

    Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

    The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

    Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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