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Project Manager, Equity & Indigenous Initiatives

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$106,775– $116,709 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
5 May 2024

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  • Instrumental role to strengthen opportunities and support for Indigenous students and students from equity backgrounds
  • Level 8, fixed-term appointment for 12 months
  • Base salary range: $106,775– $116,709 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

The Student Equity and Success teams facilitate a high-quality student experience focused on access and support for students, both academic and cocurricular activities that enrich an inclusive student experience, including the development of a dedicated first year experience. The Equity and Success Team is responsible for the oversight of the Student Access and Participation Framework which, through local ownership and accountability, the University community seeks to empower all students to aspire to, achieve and thrive at The University of Western Australia.

The School of Indigenous Studies aims to achieve excellence and equity in all aspects of higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The School offers outreach programs, an enabling course, entry pathways, and a range of ongoing support programs and services for Indigenous students enrolled in university studies.

About the opportunity

As the appointee you will, under broad direction, lead the strategic prioritisation and project manage a number of initiatives aimed at enhancing student equity and success, following an in-depth review and implementation of a new organisation structure. You will also work with the School of Indigenous Studies to identify key opportunities and projects that support the School and enhance impact for Indigenous students.

You will support teams in providing enhanced support to current students from equity backgrounds and Indigenous students, developing new programs, and identifying and advancing high-impact projects. You will facilitate the adoption of new methodologies and processes, including technological solutions.

Working closely with business owners and other key university departments, you will orchestrate the planning, development, and execution of projects that align with our commitment to student equity and achievement.

You will demonstrate a level of knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, their cultures and challenges they face and the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Indigenous students.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will demonstrate:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent competency
  • Substantial relevant experience providing advice and managing projects in complex large organisations
  • Strong project management skills, evidenced by a proven track record of successfully planning, executing, and overseeing projects within complex large organizations, ensuring delivery aligns with strategic objectives
  • Demonstrated experience in stakeholder management and engagement, together with the ability to work collaboratively at all levels and as a member of multiple teams
  • Highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills and ability to respond positively to challenge and change, combined with excellent organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set and negotiate competing priorities and to meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to influence to achieve strategic outcomes in an effective way, combined with excellent written and verbal communication skills and high-level consultation
  • An understanding of widening participation and attainment agendas including working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Working knowledge of the Higher Education sector, particularly relating to Priority Learners (from equity backgrounds and Indigenous students)

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description:  Position Description [Project Manager, Equity & Indigenous Initiatives] [517032].pdf

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

You may also submit an additional statement (1 page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Sunday, 5 May 2024

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button. 

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

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