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Outreach and Engagement Team Leader

Job no: 0055891
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time, Continuing
Department/School: Murrup Barak, Student and Scholarly Services
Salary: UOM 7 - $96,002 - $103,921 p.a. plus 17% super

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).

The University of Melbourne acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia. The University recognises the unique place held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the original custodians of country and their continued connection to the land, waterways, songlines and culture. The University respects all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and warmly embrace those students, staff, Elders and collaborators who identify as First Nations.

To read our Reconciliation Action Plan, please view this link: Unimelb-Reconciliation-Action-Plan.pdf


About Student and Scholarly Services
Student and Scholarly Services provides student administration and services from recruitment and point of enquiry to graduation.  This team also delivers wellbeing and scholarly services to students and staff.

Murrup Barak is the University of Melbourne’s Indigenous Student Centre. We support future students and families, and well as the community of over 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying across undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

About the Role
As the Outreach and Engagement Team Leader, you will work with Student Outreach Officers to deliver a national student engagement program. Working closely with the Student Admissions team, you’ll provide leadership and support for student selection and administrative processes. You will identify and develop recruitment strategies and projects, focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community engagement and enhancing the experience of future Indigenous students.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Oversee the Outreach Team’s annual national recruitment plan, including identifying which regions to focus on, timelines and planning for on- and off-campus activities such as camps, Open Days and school visits
  • Collaborate with the Admissions Team and Faculty staff on specific undergraduate and postgraduate admissions processes, which support the selection of Indigenous students. This includes overseeing prospective student documentation, giving feedback, and organising interviews when applicants may not meet clearly-in requirements
  • Work closely with the Director and the Student Outreach Officers to identify high-level projects that improve the student experience of future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

This role is an exciting opportunity to have a far-reaching impact on Indigenous student recruitment and community outreach. You will also manage a small team of highly engaged and autonomous Student Outreach Officers, identifying leadership and professional development opportunities for them where possible.

About You
You will be a keen problem solver, with exceptional communication skills and the ability to work with a high level of autonomy and discretion. You will be a natural leader, who can identify strategic priorities and exercise sound judgement when making decisions. Your positive attitude and strong belief in working to create social change will set you up for success in this role.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • A tertiary degree or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and families, including knowledge and understanding of approaches to engagement with communities
  • Demonstrated experience in the design, delivery, and review of a high-profile service program initiatives and/or projects aligned with organisational strategic priorities
  • Ability to work effectively within a strong team to progress work internally and externally, including taking feedback, working collaboratively, and compromising when needed

Benefits for Indigenous staff  

    • Cultural leave: The University acknowledges the Kinship system as a feature of Indigenous social organisation and family relationships that determines how individuals relate to each other and their Indigenous cultural and societal roles, responsibilities, and obligations in relation to one another, ceremonial business and land. Indigenous staff members are entitled to up to five days non-cumulative paid leave per calendar year for the purpose of attending NAIDOC, community, cultural and ceremonial activities
    • University policies: Indigenous staff are supported by the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Employment Framework, with the commitment to improving the employment, retention and career progression outcomes for Indigenous staff members
    • Indigenous Staff Network: All University of Melbourne employees who are and have identified themselves to the University as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander will automatically be entitled to membership to the Indigenous Staff Network (ISN)
    • Murrup Barak lunches: Weekly lunches are held by Murrup Barak for all Indigenous staff and student in the Murrup Barak building
    • Cultural events: The University hosts annual cultural events such as the Wominjeka to begin the Academic Year and the Narrm Oration, and recognises significant times throughout the year such as, Reconciliation Week, Mabo Day and NAIDOC Week
    • Employee Assistance Program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Line available free for you and your immediate family members

'Indigenous' here means a person of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience.  Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Applications close: 1 JUNE 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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