Project Officer - EDI - Science

Job no: 499108
Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Administration, Student Services, Student Recruitment / Admissions

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The Faculty of Science is one of the largest and most complex faculties of UNSW Sydney. It comprises the Schools of Aviation, Biological Earth and Environmental Science (BEES), Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS), Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Mathematics and Statistics, Optometry and Vision Science (OVS), Psychology, and Physics. It also includes a number of major Research Centres and field stations.

The Project Officer, Student Experience will be responsible for providing project management support for Faculty initiatives aligned with implementation of Strategy 2025. The position assists to achieve the objectives of the Science Faculty’s Equity Diversity and Inclusion (SEDI) program in relation to developing student access and support activities, including development of appropriate strategies, design and delivery of projects and evaluation of outcomes. Focus lies in widening participation to all Universities, targeting alternative pathways, widening access to UNSW and providing relevant and targeted support for people in science.

About the role

  • $95K - $103K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 2 years
  • Full time (35 hours)

The role of Project Officer reports to the Business Support Manager, Strategy and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Contribute to the delivery of key Faculty 2025 initiatives and projects within agreed timelines with an emphasis on supporting SEDI student focussed activities.
  • Design, initiate and manage projects to actively engage with and support SEDI student focussed initiatives at all stages of the lifecycle, including creation of a positive experience through outreach activities such as workshop, presentations, industry experiences, events, awards and mentoring services.
  • Organise and facilitate meetings, information gathering sessions, briefings etc.
  • Prepare material for various workshops (teaching/research/student/general administrative support functions).
  • Devise broad-ranging and innovative new Faculty initiatives, develop and deliver detailed proposals, scoping documentation and project plans that include benchmarking, best practice and recommendations for action to achieve SEDI goals.
  • Undertake end-to-end project management including project design, development, implementation, documentation and evaluation and support the Faculty’s decision makers in critical matters related to SEDI.
  • Analyse and report on the effectiveness of projects through development and delivery of progress reports and evaluations.
  • Work within a defined project delivery lifecycle to deliver and prioritise projects through regular consultation with the Faculty Executive.
  • Provide high level support to the Faculty Executive including monitoring the progress of strategic and operational issues and ensuring any follow up action is undertaken in a timely manner.
  • Assist in the preparation and presentation of reports for the Faculty Executive highlighting performance indicators such as diversity student participation data and implications for the Faculty and by School.
  • Actively engage with key stakeholders to drive effective project implementation across the Faculty in alignment with 2025 initiatives including UNSW Science Alumni, other universities, feeder schools and industry and science associations
  • Implement equity programs and services to students at UNSW and provide advice and guidance to staff and senior managers relating to equity and support matters.
  • Develop and deliver strategies and policies using best practice to widen participation for students from equity backgrounds.
  • Ensure the delivery of research and surveys to identify barriers to inclusion and success for equity student groups and recommend continuous improvement to UNSW policies and programs to support equity students.
  • Develop initiatives in Science to assist in the retention of equity students, and develop strong relationships with student equity groups on campus and celebrate and promote success.
  • Cooperate with all the health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Relevant degree or equivalent with subsequent relevant experience in delivering edi initiatives for higher education, or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through any other combination of relevant education, training and/or experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in delivering improved outcomes and results for student equity cohort groups in a higher education setting.
  • Evidence of supporting change in a service delivery environment for a large and complex workplace.
  • An understanding of issues facing tertiary education students and the key issues facing students of a variety of equity backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure with sensitive and confidential matters
  • High level communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to build relationships and interact effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Strong presentation skills including the ability to engage with a wide variety of audiences using modern media technology.
  • Proactive working style demonstrating efficiency, initiative and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

For informal queries, please see the below contact details.

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Morgan Sutton

Applications close: February 19th, 2020

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Position Description

Advertised: 05 Feb 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 19 Feb 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time