Indigenous Knowledge and Culture Lecturer Job at FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

About Flinders

Our bold vision, reflected in our Strategic Plan: Make a Difference: Agenda 2025, is to be internationally recognized as a global research leader, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of the most enterprising graduates from Australia.

To achieve this ambition, we recently made a significant organizational change to a six-college structure with professional staff and service alignment.

We recognize that the key to our success is exceptional people and we are looking for an exceptional individual to join our transformed university team.

Type of employment:

Fixed term (Fixed term)

Position Summary

Fixed term until December 2024 | Full time

Academic level B

Wage scale:
$101,724 – $120,380

Report to:
Assistant Dean, Rural and Remote Health
College of Medicine and Public Health

The incumbent will possess cultural authority and provide instruction relating to Central Australian Indigenous cultural knowledge and practices and assist in orienting students to Indigenous cultures and contexts during the placement.

The incumbent will facilitate academic and logistical support for Indigenous students in Central Australia and play a critical role in Flinders’ engagement with the community, including consultation. This position is key to building a culturally appropriate health workforce for the Northern Territory and achieving the goals of Flinders’ Reconciliation Action Plan.

The Lecturer, Indigenous Knowledge and Culture will report to the Associate Dean, Rural and Remote Health. The incumbent will work closely with academic, research and professional staff to support and participate in the educational team and cultivate relationships with program coordinators and course directors within Flinders University.

Main responsibilities of the position

The Indigenous Knowledge and Culture Instructor will be responsible for:

  • Facilitate teaching and assessment activities for award-winning and non-award-winning courses and workshops with potential coordination of topics relevant to areas of expertise and specifically relating to Indigenous cultures and contexts.
  • Develop content relevant to Indigenous cultures for award-winning and non-award-winning courses, workshops and research.
  • Provide expertise to the teaching team for the delivery of award-winning and non-award-winning courses.
  • Facilitate academic support for Indigenous students, including internship students.
  • Promote the principles of primary health care, cultural safety and an interprofessional approach to remote health practice.
  • Promote linkages between key stakeholders, especially Indigenous individuals, organizations and communities and Flinders University.
  • Represent Flinders University at community forums and provide expertise for community consultation and engagement.
  • Undertake independent research on training remote health personnel to improve health outcomes for Indigenous peoples.
  • Undertake any other duties as directed by the supervisor.
  • Staff responsibilities may be modified by the University to enable the University to meet operational needs or requirements.

Capabilities of the key position

Essential criteria

  • Self-identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and is recognized as such by an appropriate Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander body
  • Teaching experience and/or obtaining a relevant qualification and/or background experience in Indigenous studies/education.
  • Evidence of community recognition of Indigenous knowledge and practices
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience teaching in the areas of Indigenous health issues, cultural safety, primary health care and population health.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality education/training related to Central Australian Indigenous cultural knowledge and practices.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to fostering a positive work culture and role model behaviors that support the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and its commitment to improving educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Strait Islander people Torres.
  • Established relationships with Indigenous communities, groups and organizations in Central Australia, including the ability to conduct community consultations.
  • Commitment to the development of interprofessional approaches to teaching and research.
  • Demonstrated communication, interpersonal and collaborative skills with demonstrated experience in student engagement and community engagement, including with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Desirable criteria:

  • A speaker of at least one Central Australian Indigenous language.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop curricula and programs.
  • Demonstrated scholarship (research, indigenous knowledge)

Prescribed conditions of employment

The filling of this position is intended to constitute an equal opportunities measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and section 65 of the Race Discrimination Act 1984 Equal Opportunity (SA). The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

Northern Territory Government legislation (the Child Care and Protection Act 2007) now requires that all persons engaged in employment relating to children or whose duties involve, or are likely to involve, contact with a child, hold a valid “authorization to work with children” (Ochre Carte). This position involves work related to children and is assessed as requiring a work with children authorization / ocher card.

Flinders University has introduced a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires all new staff to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to medical waivers and limited exemptions.

Information for applicants:

You must provide a declaration of aptitude of no more than three pages, addressing the core capabilities of the position, as outlined above. Additionally, you need to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful candidate can commence the position.

We seek to increase diversity to improve equal opportunity for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, persons with disabilities and/or of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent to apply.

Please note that late applications and applications sent through agencies will not be accepted.

Closing of applications at 11:59 p.m.:

Jul 24, 2022

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