Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer

Date Posted: 19 Jun 2024
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Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU | Sydney, NSW, AU | Brisbane, QLD, AU | Adelaide, SA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The opportunity

  • Play a strategic role in the development and implementation of the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging of the Next Generation Graduate Program (NGGP) by supporting the team and partners student recruitment and retention efforts
  • In collaboration with thought leaders and domain experts, Lead the development and implementation of the Next Generation Graduates Program AI and Emerging Technologies hybrid short courses
  • Actively collaborate and provide insights into the student experience for Next Generation Graduates Program students and the D61 PhD students
  • Form part of an innovative, diverse, agile, and high-performing Program team

The Next Generation Graduates Program will fund national scholarships to attract and train the next generation of artificial intelligence and emerging technology specialists. Through the Program, the Australian Government aims to address top-end talent shortages under two streams – Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies. 
The Program will work with universities and industry to co-fund scholarships for Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Levels 8 (Honours) to 10 (Doctoral) using a work-integrated learning approach. Students will participate in industry-led research projects and/or placements to build job-ready skills and provide short-term access to high-end talent for business in addition to completing a formal qualification relevant to AI. 

In your role as the Diversity lead, you will have the opportunity to research, design, and implement the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) strategy for the NGGP students, building on the previous work done by the NGGP team and other thought leaders in D61. As the successful candidate, you will have to work collaboratively and closely with a range of stakeholders, including university partners (diversity officers, student services, research supervisors, etc) and industry partners. This role has the opportunity and responsibility to work autonomously, with clear objectives and outcomes set up in advance with the line manager and the team. 


Your duties will include:

  • Build DIB Processes and Strategy for the Next Generation Graduates Program
    • Support the design and implantation of a DIB advisory group
    • Support the NGGP in the design of a process to identify and support students that can benefit from DIB allowances
    • Develop guidelines for DIB allowance decision making (benchmarking against existing domestic and international
    • Develop DIB Strategy for the life of the program including advice on the best use of funding and allowances
  • Support Student Experience
    • Work with the Next Gen Student Experience Team to develop DIB into the student’s experience to minimise attrition
    • Provide advice and guidance in the development of Coursework, Bootcamps, Additional resources, etc ensuring alignment with DIB principles
  • Research and KPIs
    • Build out DIB research to align with Student Experience research already in development 
    • Undergo DIB in research graduate programs Literature Review (both Research and grey literature) to ensure the DIB strategy is research based and current and responds to the needs and requirements of current students and researchers.
    • Develop processes and supporting toolkits that assist in auditing, measuring, and monitoring the Program’s DIB activities to align with DISR KPIs and the program's Impact Pathway.
    • Utilise data, trends, and metrics to inform program delivery modification, ongoing evaluation, and ongoing support for students.
  • Support Universities and industry partners
    • Engage and advise university and industry supervisors on DIB practices to support student recruitment and belonging
    • Map DIB support at universities and support students in accessing DIB resources at their university
  • Maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including government, university HDR units, academics, students, industry, and senior management teams.
  • Influence the Program’s strategic decisions and support the Manager, Next Generation Graduates Program.


Location: Flexible – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide preferred

Salary: AU$110,038 - AU$119,080 per annum (pro-rata for part-time) plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 12 months

Reference: 97241


To be considered you will need:

Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed.

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or experience in DIB specifically with regard to research students, including knowledge of D&I priority areas (First Nations, disability, culture, gender equity, LGBTQIA+, neurodiversity)
  • Capability in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating D&I Plans, and fulfilling reporting obligations using qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to engage and influence stakeholders at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate discussions on sensitive topics and manage conflict effectively.
  • Knowledge of relevant laws and regulations related to diversity and inclusion relating to research students.
  • Evidence of strong communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to cultivate effective working relationships and work closely with stakeholders. 



  • Evidence of an ability to provide expert advice to academic staff on curriculum design, pedagogy and technology. 


For full details about this role please view the Position Description



Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


Flexible working arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 


Diversity and inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 



At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

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How to apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.


Applications close

21st July 2024, 11:00pm AEST

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