University of South Australia

University of South Australia

Project Officer: Reconciliation (HEO 6)


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  • Open to Australian Aboriginal Peoples only

  • Part-time (0.5 FTE), fixed term contract until 31 December 2025 based in Chancellery at the City West campus
  • Salary: $86,230 - $94,800 pro rata per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
  • About You

    You are skilled in project coordination and management. You are of Australian Aboriginal ancestry and you understand the matters that are important to Aboriginal tertiary students, and demonstrate knowledge of and familiarity with Aboriginal communities. You have exceptional interpersonal skills, and enjoy building relationships with diverse groups. You possess excellent organisational and time management skills, which allow you to manage multiple, competing priorities and projects, to produce high quality outcomes on time. You have strong literacy, research and analytical skills, with the ability to review, identify, recommend and present opportunities for consideration.

    About the Role

    Reporting to the Pro Vice Chancellor: Aboriginal Strategy and Leadership, you will provide high-level project coordination and support to enable the development and delivery of defined initiatives in the University's Reconciliation Action Plan 2023 – 2025 (the RAP). As a sample, you will have the opportunity to contribute projects that will explore cultural accreditation programs; build staff and student cultural awareness; expand the University's protocols for respectful engagement with Aboriginal Peoples; and create better visibility and understanding of the University, and exposure to opportunities in higher education in the community. You will undertake research, analysis, and report writing, while establishing and maintaining strong networks and productive working relationships with key stakeholders within and outside the University, to support and advance the RAP and work of the Office.

    About UniSA

    The University of South Australia is Australia's University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

    The Pro Vice Chancellor: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy leads the development of a whole of institution approach to the recruitment, support, retention and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the University. In doing so, the University can enhance the supports provided for our Aboriginal students and staff and strengthen our position as a University of Choice for Aboriginal Peoples in South Australia and beyond.

    Essential Requirements and Experience

    There are several initiatives that ensure a welcoming, supportive, inclusive and culturally safe workplace, such as the Aboriginal staff network, mentorship program, flexible work arrangements, cultural leave provisions and professional development opportunities.

    UniSA is seeking a high performing and proven team player, with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to lead and contribute to the development and delivery of projects in a complex organisational environment.

    You will have skills in project coordination and management, outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to produce high quality reports, papers, and presentations. Your excellent literacy, research and analytical skills, and understanding of community and the issues facing the Australian higher education sector will be vital to advancing this work.


    Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Professional Development funding for newly appointed Aboriginal staff
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17%
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Employee assistance and development programs
  • A variety of leave arrangements
  • Culture

    As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results.

    How to Apply

    For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

    Please address your cover letter to Georgie Hart, Senior Consultant: Recruitment Central. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at [email protected] using job reference number 5575.

    Applications close: 11:30pm, Thursday 12 October 2023

    Applications will only be considered from Australian Aboriginal Peoples for this position, under special measures pursuant to Section 56 of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act (SA) 1984. You will be required to provide evidence of your Aboriginal heritage in your online application form. #LI-DNI #S-DNI

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    Job details


    Project Officer: Reconciliation (HEO 6)


    University of South Australia




    September 15, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 12, 2023

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    The forerunners of today’s UniSA were the South Australian School of Art, founded in 1856, the first of several Teacher Training Colleges formed in 1876, and the School of Mines and Industries which was established in 1889. These schools were renowned for providing quality education and for responding to the needs of the nascent colony of South Australia.

    The University of South Australia is a globally connected and engaged university with industry-informed teaching and research that is inventive and adventurous. Ranked number one in Australia for quality education and number six worldwide and with 100% of assessed research rated at or above world-class, the University is young, innovative and offers students the chance to gain real-world experience.  Focused on life beyond the classroom, the University of South Australia offers a practical approach to teaching and learning. Degrees are designed with strong professional emphasis and in partnership with industry, giving students opportunities to gain practical skills and graduate career ready.

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