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Head of Institute, Wollotuka | IS THIS YOUR NEW?

The University of Newcastle is seeking an academic leader to envision and enable a better future for Indigenous students, academics and partners through Indigenous education and research.

The University is recognised as leading the way in the higher education sector in Indigenous education, staffing and research, and is fully committed to continuing to build on its long and proud record of achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enablement through higher education and academic achievement. The University’s NeW Futures Strategic Plan 2016-2025 continues that commitment with a strong focus on social justice and Indigenous knowledge and community issues for staff and students across the University. The Head of Institute, Wollotuka will play a key role in achieving these goals in education and research.

This professorial position will provide academic leadership at Wollotuka and in collaboration throughout the University, shaping directions and capability in education, research and engagement. This opportunity offers a platform for education innovation and developing an academic strategy for Indigenous education and research, that will develop the Indigenous higher education experience and graduate outcomes to set a benchmark in higher education. Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education and Research), the Head will also work closely with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and peers in the Academic Division, building strong relationships across the academic community across the university and externally to build opportunities to enhance the respected reputation of Indigenous education at UON.

As our ideal candidate, you bring academic standing, together with experience in — and a passion for — shaping new academic strengths through collaboration and enabling others. If this describes you – and you are excited by the opportunity to help lead the academic endeavours of a university with a proud history of achievement in Indigenous higher education – this could be your new.


The University of Newcastle is committed to finding remarkable talent for this important role and will identify the widest possible field of candidates.


An executive search is being undertaken by De Sailly Search on behalf of the University.

De Sailly Search will support the Selection Panel in identifying the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assisting in the presentation and assessment of candidates against role requirements.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to have a confidential discussion early in the process.

Dr Rosalind De Sailly      |         T: 0414 574 945

Or HeadWollotuka@desailly.com.au


Applications should include the following elements:

  1. Candidate statement
    In no more than two pages, provide an overview of your interest in the position and what you would hope to achieve in the role.
  2. Selection criteria
    In no more than three pages, please respond to the Selection Criteria in the position description.
  3. Curriculum Vitae covering:
    – Full name, home address, postal address, confidential email address, mobile phone number
    – Positions held, dates, scope of responsibilities, and key achievements
    – Details of education and qualifications
    – Record of scholarly activity encompassing publication record, research profile and collaborations, funding and partnerships
    – Any other relevant information, such as involvement in professional and community activities.
  4. Referees
    Nominate 3-5 referees with full contact details. With prior consent your referees may be contacted after the interviews.

Applications must be submitted via HeadWollotuka@desailly.com.au

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 7 August 2018

Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under Section 14 of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.