Create innovative programs and grow Indigenous student participation.
Set in a country that is home to the world’s oldest living culture, Charles Darwin University (CDU) serves a larger area of the continent than any other Australian university, in a remote setting and with a small population to sustain it. A dual sector university, CDU has multiple campuses and centres stretching across the Northern Territory and across Australia. The University is vital to satisfying the Territory’s needs for education and training, and helping to build its economic, social and cultural capital, as well as supporting a wide range of national and international students.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Leadership (PVC-IL) is a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Executive team with cross institutional responsibilities for collaborative leadership in Indigenous education and training, research, engagement and the Reconciliation Action Plan. The role provides University wide leadership and direction towards the attainment of CDU’s goals of becoming globally recognised for indigenous leadership and a critically engaged university of the region. The PVC IL will develop innovative programs to improve Indigenous participation; create and maintain culturally-enriched and culturally-safe environments for Indigenous students; provide learning in partnership with Indigenous students, staff and community; and increase Indigenous staffing opportunities.
Essential to the success of this role will be community engagement with local elders to implement the University’s Indigenous Strategy, and to advocate for and represent the University on relevant local and national bodies. With a recognised academic standing; a reputation for innovative academic leadership; and a record of achievements through influencing rather than control, candidates should demonstrate the capacity to develop effective relationships within and between Indigenous bodies and broader Australian society, and offer an understanding of contemporary best practice for supporting Indigenous students and for achieving Indigenous cultural competence. A PhD or willingness to complete one is preferred.