University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Program Officer - Widening Participation



  • Student Enrichment and Employability Development (SEED)

  • This is a full-time fixed-term position through to April 2025 with salary in the range $77,396 - $86,029, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%.

  • Work with secondary students to raise aspirations and build confidence.

  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact, improve the outcomes of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Access discounts across health and fitness, travel, retail, tech + more.

  • Based at our St Lucia campus

  • About This Opportunity

    This role will support the broader Widening Participation team and includes event planning and management support, communication and engagement with students and administrative support.

    Key responsibilities will include:

    Student Experience

  • Organize and deliver educational workshops and events on and off campus.

  • Administer and coordinate aspects of the Ambassador/Mentor Program, including selection, training, and supervision, while providing guidance to secondary school students on post-secondary study options.

  • Engagement and Communication

  • Collaborate with the Widening Participation Team to develop and implement creative communication strategies, including web-based and print marketing, to encourage student engagement.

  • Support the team in creating resources for student transition to higher education and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure program effectiveness.

  • Administration

  • Manage administrative tasks for the Widening Participation Team, including data entry, database maintenance, and resource management.

  • Utilize university systems for administrative purposes and analyse student survey data to inform future planning, while assisting with budget planning and supplier payments for on-campus activities.

  • About You
  • Completion of relevant education or equivalent work experience in Student Services or related roles.

  • Strong communication and administrative skills, including event planning and computer literacy, with an ability to rapidly gain competency in speciality programs like Vision6, InDesign, and Drupal.

  • Ability to manage competing priorities, meet deadlines, and understand barriers faced by underrepresented student groups such as low socio- economic and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Island backgrounds.

  • Eligibility for or possession of a valid Queensland driver's license.

  • Blue Card: Required possession of or eligibility to obtain a current blue card.

  • First Aid and CPR Certification: Mandatory possession or eligibility to obtain and maintain a Medicare Provider Number during employment.

  • You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment and may be required to complete background checks including, criminal history and education checks.

    About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 17% superannuation contributions, 17.5% annual leave loading.

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight.

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family.

  • On campus childcare options, Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day), Salary packaging options.

  • Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section.

  • Resume

  • For more information about this opportunity, please contact Andrew Taukolo at [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Applications close Thursday, 4 April 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-36689). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for 12 April 2024.

    At UQ, our strength lies in our diverse colleagues. We're dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion , fostering an environment that mirrors our wider community. We're committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. Reach out [email protected] for accessibility support or adjustments.

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Job details


    Program Officer - Widening Participation


    University of Queensland




    March 27, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 04, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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