December 15, 2017

Director of the 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 building and implementing the 2016-20 Batchelor Institute Research Plan.

The key purpose of this role is to 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 level support and training. The successful applicant will be responsible for the direction and development of the new Graduate School, and will 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 Indigenous research training context. The role requires an 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 programs of the Graduate School and provide accurate information to prospective candidates and Institute peers on the program rules and requirements, scholarship opportunities, Institute resources and facilities.
  • Develop research training course materials, handbooks and forms, and policies and procedures pertaining to the Graduate School.
  • Monitor and support the admission, enrolment, induction, progression and examination processes of HDR candidates.
  • 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 publication and conference 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.

Essential selection criteria

  • A PhD in a field of research aligned to the Institutes research directions (see Institute Research Plan 2012-2015) of Education, Creative Arts, Languages or across areas that relate to Indigenous Australian Communities and Livelihoods.
  • Track record in research, scholarship and publication, and sound knowledge of research methodologies, including Indigenous research paradigms and methodologies.
  • Proven ability to guide Higher Degree by Research students to completion.
  • Effective and efficient administration and management competence, including the ability to schedule, establish priorities, work to deadlines, manage grants 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 Australian Indigenous 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 liaise, communicate, negotiate and collaborate with partners, stakeholders and students in order to deliver 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 Indigenous Australians, 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

Salary range for this position is $109,762 – $126,566 + 10% super and 6 weeks annual leave.

How to Apply

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Applications close Sunday 14 January 2018

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