Associate Director, Buranga Centre (Indigenous Services) - Identified position

Date Posted: 28 Mar 2024
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  • Buranga Centre (Indigenous Services), Sunshine Coast Campus, Sippy Downs
  • Level 10, $139,347 p.a., plus up to 17% employer superannuation
  • Full-time, Ongoing opportunity


The Opportunity

Join us in a role that embodies the spirit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and empowerment. Under the guidance of our Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy), this position offers a unique opportunity to assume leadership of the Buranga Centre, driving initiatives aligned with the Indigenous Student Success Program Guidelines and our strategic vision. Your primary focus will be on delivering exceptional services to Indigenous students, fostering a nurturing environment that champions their success, and leading initiatives focused on engagement and enhancing retention rates. As the Associate Director, you will possess influence across all campuses, operating with autonomy to review and develop high-level documentation, provide expert advice, and make decisions that directly impact the student experience and retention outcomes for Indigenous UniSC students.

Opportunities and Collaborations

This role presents opportunities that call for innovative problem-solving and strategic thinking. You will lead initiatives, drive change, and navigate complexities to ensure positive outcomes for Indigenous student experiences and community engagement. Additionally, you will forge collaborative relationships, working closely with the PVC (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy), Deans of Schools, and stakeholders across the university to shape Indigenous student services, contribute expertise to various committees, and represent UniSC at conferences and government forums focused on Indigenous student engagement services. This is an opportunity to make a profound impact, contribute to strategic projects, and shape a future where Indigenous student success is at the forefront of our institution's mission.

For more information on Indigenous Services, please visit us online:

You will

  • Provide strategic leadership to the Buranga Centre, and develop and sustaining relationships with Indigenous communities, organisations, and governments to support strategic objectives.
  • Prioritise adherence to policies concerning equal opportunity, risk management, workplace safety, and quality assurance.
  • Oversee the allocation and management of resources, in accordance with strategic goals and legislative mandates, aligned to university standards and ISSP guidelines.
  • Lead the development and implementation of programs aimed at enhancing Indigenous student outreach, enrolment, retention, and success.

Our ideal candidate

  • Community Leader: You are deeply connected to community and possess a strong understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander needs and aspirations. Your ability to build and maintain relationships with Indigenous communities, organisations, and governments will be invaluable in advancing our shared goals.
  • Strategic Visionary: You have a proven track record of providing strategic leadership, aligning initiatives with organisational goals, and navigating regulatory requirements. Your innovative thinking and strategic planning skills will drive the Buranga Centre towards greater success.
  • Champion of Inclusion: You are committed to fostering a culture of safety, inclusivity, and respect within the Centre and across the University. Your dedication to equal opportunity and quality assurance ensures that every student feels valued and supported on their educational journey.
  • Advocate for Student Success: You are passionate about improving Indigenous student outcomes and are dedicated to developing and implementing programs that promote student outreach, enrolment, retention, and success. Your collaborative approach and ability to work closely with internal stakeholders will ensure the success of these initiatives.

To perform this role, it is essential that the incumbent be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.  It is a genuine occupational requirement and welfare measure under sections 25 and 104, respectively, of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, that applicants are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person means a person who:

  1. identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; and
  2. is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent; and
  3. is accepted as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person by the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community in which they live, or formally lived.

For support during the application process, please contact us at or call +61 7 5430 2830.

Position Description.

All applications must be lodged through our website. To apply please visit our website at: Careers at UniSC

Applications for this position close midnight, Monday 22 April 2024.

Your completed application must include a cover letter and resume.

UniSC does not accept unsolicited applications. For agency inquiries, contact

Further information regarding how to prepare your application is available on our website: Join our team. We would love the opportunity to get to know you better, but we know it works both ways. To get to know a little more about us, visit us at: Welcome to UniSC and LinkedIn Life

Have questions or want to know more? For a confidential discussion, please contact:

Joe Fraser
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy)

Telephone: 0458589541

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