May 29, 2018

Director, Graduate School

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Position overview

This position forms an integral part of the Institute’s research capacity building agenda and joins the Higher Education and Research Division leadership team in implementing the 2016-2020 Batchelor Institute Research Plan.

The key purpose of this role is to attract, develop and support PhD and Masters candidates across the Higher Degrees by Research programs of the Institute, and work cooperatively with research candidates and their supervisors to provide high quality research training experiences and outcomes. The successful applicant will be responsible for the direction and on-going development of the Graduate School. The Graduate School Director will lead cyclic reviews of the Institute HDR programs, participate in the Institute’s research and academic governance and represent the Institute at relevant research networks and events.

The position requires an active researcher in a field relevant to the Institute’s strategic research directions with a sound knowledge and strong commitment to research ethics, research quality and research culture-building in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research training context. The role requires an advanced appreciation of Indigenous research paradigms and methodologies, experience in HDR candidate supervision and the ability to contribute to the development and delivery of a robust research program for Higher Degree candidates.

Detailed statement of duties

  • Develop and direct the operations of the Graduate School, including its integration into the broader Division of Higher Education and Research.
  • Promote the Graduate School programs and provide relevant and up to date information on the program rules and entry and progression requirements, scholarship opportunities, Institute resources and facilities to prospective candidates and Institute peers.
  • Design and facilitate a HDR Masterclass Program and lead the development and regular review of research training materials, handbooks and forms, website and promotional materials, policies and procedures, and student support and wellbeing arrangements, as they relate to the Graduate School.
  • Administer the admission, enrolment, induction, progression and examination processes of the HDR programs. Provide regular reports on the same to the Research Committee and Head of Division
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase the pool of trained and mentored/experienced HDR supervisors. Negotiate, facilitate and monitor supervisory arrangements for candidates.
  • Maintain regular contact with candidates, uphold accurate and comprehensive student records, provide regular HDR program reports and contribute to key Institute reports and submissions as required.
  • Maintain an active researcher and publication profile and support staff, early career researchers and higher degree candidates to build publication and scholarship profiles.
  • Work collaboratively and strategically with institutional and discipline partners and within the Institute to increase research collaborations, outputs and profile.
  • Contribute to the Institute as a senior member of staff with particular focus on improving policies, practices and processes that relate to the Institute’s research, research ethics and higher degree student management.
  • Represent the Institute at relevant forums, review committees, working groups including the Australian Council of Graduate Research.

Essential selection criteria

  • A PhD in a field of research aligned to the Institutes research directions of Education, Creative Arts, Languages or across areas that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and Livelihoods.
  • Track record in research, scholarship and publication, and sound knowledge of research methodologies, including Indigenous research paradigms and methodologies.
  • Proven outcomes in the supervision of Higher Degree by Research students to completion.
  • Demonstrated experience and success with HDR student cohort training and in the development / mentoring of early career supervisors.
  • A high degree of administrative and management competence, including the ability to effectively and efficiently schedule, establish priorities, work to deadlines, manage scholarship funding and multi-task.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the National Statement of Ethical Research, and a high level of personal ethics, particularly with respect to the processing of sensitive personal information.
  • Proven capacity to work effectively and cooperatively in culturally diverse teams and in cross-cultural contexts, preferably within the social, political and cultural environments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations.
  • Demonstrated high level of interpersonal communication and consultation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent the Institute at a range of forums, and to collaborate with partners, stakeholders and students in order to achieve agreed services and outcomes.

Desirable Selection Criteria

  • An understanding of alternative forms of research dissemination approaches and national assessment processes across these forms.
  • Successful experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult learners, especially post-graduate research candidates.
  • Proficiency in the use of learning management systems, virtual classroom software, research data bases and information storage and retrieval systems

This position has a salary range of $132,166 – $145,604 + 10% superannuation.

How to Apply

Applications close: Sunday 17th June 2018.

The position description is available from the lnstitute’s website or by contacting the Human Resources Unit on (08) 8939 7443 or (08) 8939 7207.

All enquiries and applications are to be forwarded directly to Batchelor Institute


The Institute reserves the right not to make an appointment, or to vary the type of appointment.

Priority consideration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

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