Position Available: First Nations Alliance Manager – School of Indigenous Studies

Applications close 5pm on 29 November 2022

The University of Divinity seeks to recruit a First Nations Alliance Manager for the School of Indigenous Studies for immediate commencement. This is a full-time position for a fixed term of three years, and open to a further extension. The position could be located either at the University’s Brisbane offices or at the main campus at Box Hill in Melbourne

About the University

The University of Divinity delivers education and research in theology, philosophy and spirituality and for over one hundred years has prepared its graduates for ministry, leadership and community service.

The University is regularly ranked by students as the top University in Australia for student satisfaction and learner engagement, reflecting the high quality of its curriculum and the dedication of staff to working with small classes.

The University operates across Australia and works in partnership with Colleges in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, together with over thirty churches, religious orders and associated organisations in a unique ecumenical enterprise. The main campus is located at the St Paschal Estate in Box Hill in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria.

The University’s Vision is that:

Together we empower our learning community to address the issues of the contemporary world through critical engagement with Christian theological traditions

For more information, please see www.divinity.edu.au.

About the School of Indigenous Studies

Launched in December 2021, the School’s mission is to encourage the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theologies and ministries, and to decolonise the Eurocentric versions of Christianity that remain dominant in this country.

This will be achieved through:

  • forming respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Elders and with Indigenous councils and assemblies amongst the University’s partner churches
  • delivering Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander curriculum in partnership, where appropriate, with the University’s Colleges
  • encouraging and developing a University-wide research culture that embeds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander methodologies, ontologies, and epistemologies along with Indigenous approaches to theology and ministry that seek to inform and challenge the wider church and community.
  • providing a culturally safe and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to promote access, retention and success in theology and ministry.
  • continuing to transform the cultures and activities of the University, its Colleges, and partners, to promote justice and equity and to address the impact of colonisation.
  • developing innovative and engaging learning experiences with the wider church and community that foster knowledge, respect and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and knowledge and of shared histories that are purposeful, and transforming.

Position Description: First Nations Alliance Manager – School of Indigenous Studies

The primary objective of the First Nations Alliance Manager is to build the First Nations Alliance to establish and maintain next practice strategy, structure and service delivery to facilitate re-empowerment of First Nations peoples and communities. The First Nations Alliance will provide a national platform for Indigenous voices to speak into social and political issues that concern them, and to advocate on Indigenous rights. It will build relationships with Government, Churches, NGOs, and corporate industry to support the aspirations of Indigenous Australians, and to secure financial and other resources to support to the work of School of Indigenous Studies.

Key responsibilities, key working relationships, selection criteria, and terms and conditions can be found in the position description below.

Position description

The position of the First Nations Alliance Manager – School of Indigenous Studies is a full-time position for a fixed-term of three years, subject to completion of a six-month probationary period and satisfactory performance. The position will be remunerated under the Higher Education Industry – General Staff award on the University’s salary scale at HEW 6.1 ($92,591.82 effective from 1 January 2023) plus 10.5% superannuation and 17.5% annual leave loading.


Closing date for applications: 5pm on 29 November 2022

Applications must include:

  • A cover letter addressing the selection criteria
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Contact details for three referees

Send applications electronically to: Anjali Antoniotti, Chief of Staff: aantoniotti@divinity.edu.au

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