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Project Officer (Research Unit for Indigenous Language)



Project Officer (Research Unit for Indigenous Language)

Job no: 0030523 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Continuing Faculty: Arts Department/School: School of Languages and Linguistics Salary: UOM 4 - $73,943 – $78,476 OR UOM 5 $79,961 – $91,844 p.a. + 17% Super


  • Fantastic opportunity to work within the Research Unit for Indigenous Language, supporting Indigenous language research
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!
  • About the Role A fantastic opportunity exists for a Research Unit Project Officer to join the Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL) within the School of Languages and Linguistics, and provide vital support to RUIL members.

    The RUIL research hub brings together world class researchers working in the areas of Indigenous language description and documentation in Australia and its region. Working actively with Indigenous communities across Australia and the region, the Hub aims to expand and strengthen Indigenous language research, and to support efforts by communities to maintain their linguistic and cultural heritage.

    As the Project Officer, you will support the overall running of the Research Unit, including project management of the Unit's engagement activities, and research assistance support as needed.

    Working closely with the Unit Director and RUIL researchers, you will have the opportunity to support the incubation and development of new research projects, including project scoping and briefings, partner liaison, planning and budgeting, and literature searches.

    You will be responsible for special projects and engagement activities within the Unit, including project management of symposia and conferences, website maintenance, putting together the biannual newsletter and assisting the Unit's Director in developing the Unit's strategic and operational plans.

    You will:

  • Provide high level administrative support of daily operations, including dealing with inquiries, planning team meetings, and providing administrative support for the Director
  • Support the Unit to publicise its activities through social media and the web
  • Organisation of public lecture series, workshops, public symposia and conferences
  • Administer the Unit's small grants scheme for Indigenous researchers
  • Working with the Arts Research Office, assist the Director and Unit researchers in establishing and servicing partnerships with industry, government and Indigenous communities, including preparing reports, arranging meetings, documenting outcomes and monitoring budgets
  • Assist the Unit Director in developing the Unit's strategic and operational plan
  • Who We Are Looking For Our ideal candidate is an exceptional communicator, with the capacity to engage confidently with diverse clients both internally - collaborating seamlessly with professional staff, senior academics, and researchers - and externally, fostering meaningful connections with Indigenous communities and industry partners.

    You bring a high degree of initiative and self-management, demonstrated in prior roles, as well as well-developed organisational, time management skills and the ability to adapt to a changing volume of work.

    This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a passion for Humanities or Social Sciences to support the important research conducted within the Research Unit for Indigenous Language.

    You will also have:

  • High level organisational and administrative skills, with experience in working with dispersed project teams;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise work efficiently and meet deadlines while working across multiple projects;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication, with an ability to tailor information to a number of different audiences including, academic, administrative, industry and general public;
  • Strong computer literacy including proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite and a demonstrable familiarity with multimedia.
  • Although not essential, education or training in Humanities or Social Sciences and/or equivalent mix of education and relevant experience will be highly regarded
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check.

    What We Offer You! In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check outour benefits page!

    Be Yourself The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at [email protected], with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https: //

    Join Us! If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience as related to the role
  • If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

    If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

    Applications close: WEDNESDAY 10th APRIL 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

    Position Description:0030523RUIL Project OfficerPD.pdf

    Advertised: 26 Mar 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 10 Apr 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Job details


    Project Officer (Research Unit for Indigenous Language)


    University of Melbourne




    March 27, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 10, 2024

    Job type



    Arts and Culture,Education,Linguistics,Literature,Social Science

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