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The University of Newcastle is seeking a pioneering leader to envision and enable a better future for our Indigenous students, staff, and communities 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 positive relationships with Indigenous communities. The University’s NeW Futures Strategic Plan 2016-2025 makes concrete that commitment with a strong focus on social justice and Indigenous knowledge and community issues for staff and students across the University. The Pro Vice-Chancellor will play a key role in achieving these goals.

The position will champion Indigenous education and research throughout the University and lead the work of The Wollotuka Institute. This opportunity offers a platform for a deeper engagement and better outcomes in Indigenous communities, leading a dynamic decision-making process that sets the benchmark for the other 38 Indigenous Centres within Australian universities. Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), the Pro Vice-Chancellor will need to build strong relationships across the University and externally at a local, national and international level to complement the respected reputation of Indigenous education at the UON .

As our ideal candidate, you are an inspiring and inclusive leader of people, modelling excellence and collaboration in all that you do. If this describes you—and you believe in the mission and values of the University and are excited by the opportunity to be a genuine part of the Indigenous community— this could be your new.

A leader in Indigenous education

The University of Newcastle has a proud history of collaborating with Indigenous Australians. We are committed to Aboriginal reconciliation and to our responsibilities as educators in this process.

The Wollotuka Institute is committed to the advancement and leadership of Indigenous education at a local, national and global level, drawing strength from culture, communities and past journeys. Since its establishment in 1982, Wollotuka has played an important role in representing and supporting Indigenous Australians studying to achieve their higher education goals.

The Institute is located within the Academic Division. Wollotuka is an all-Indigenous staffed unit that consolidates all Indigenous activities of the University under one strategic and operational body. Wollotuka’s functions are overseen by the Board of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Research (BATSIER) and are guided by the teachings of Ngurkai (elders/cultural mentors).

Equity and Diversity

UON is committed to providing an environment where all staff can reach their potential. As a part of NeW Futures, the University has implemented fair policies and guidelines to assist and empower people from equity target groups, including:

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