Ref 494/24 HDR Candidature Officer, Graduate Research School

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 19 May 2024

  • Full-Time, Ongoing Position
  • Remuneration: $107,358 to $115,073 p.a. including Super and Leave Loading
  • Penrith Campus (Kingswood)

Full-Time, Ongoing Position
Penrith Campus (Kingswood)

About Western
Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research-led university, located at the heart of Australia’s fastest-growing and economically significant region, Western Sydney. Boasting 11 campuses – many in Western Sydney CBD locations – and more than 200,000 alumni, 49,500 students and 3,500 staff, the University has 13 Schools with an array of well-designed programs and degrees carefully structured to meet the demands of future industry. 

This is an identified position and applicants must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Person. Please refer to the Guidelines for Confirmation of Identity for Indigenous Australians for the requirements of this position and ensure you attach the required documents. 

The Graduate Research School is looking for an energetic and high-performing professional to join the School’s HDR candidature team. The role represents an exciting opportunity to join and be a part of a world-class University to help HDR candidates in their journey. If you are passionate about higher education and delivering meaningful student outcomes, please read on!

About the School
The Graduate Research School (GRS) is the central administration and support unit for Higher Degree Research (HDR) activities at Western Sydney University. The GRS is responsible for the administration and scholarship management of approximately 1500 HDR candidates. The GRS also develops and delivers graduate research training and development activities at the University and aims to provide an enhanced postgraduate experience for HDR candidates at Western Sydney University.

Why Your Role Matters
The HDR Candidature Officer is a crucial member of the GRS’s new HDR Candidature team that supports the lifecycle of HDR candidates from initial enquiry and application through to graduation, and all of the milestones and activities in between.

The role of the HDR Candidate Officer provides high-level administration support, including support to scholarship establishment and management. The position forms part of a team who will provide support to HDR candidates, Schools and Institutes, through a partnering model.

About You
We are looking for a highly motivated and driven individual who can address the following selection criteria:

A tertiary qualification with extensive administrative support or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training.

•             A relevant degree, and/or extensive equivalent training and relevant experience in a large and complex organisation, preferably within a university environment.
•             Demonstrated high level of administrative and customer service skills, especially in a high-volume customer service environment.
•             Demonstrated organisational, administrative and time management skills with the proven ability to research issues and undertake projects, work collaboratively as a team member or independently as required, establish priorities, reassess and renegotiate priorities with other team members and meet deadlines.
•             An understanding of government policy and funding mechanisms relating to HDR students, including general administrative procedures and overall rules and regulations pertaining to postgraduate research students operating in the Australian Higher Education system.
•             Well-developed communication, intercultural, and interpersonal skills, with capacity to build effective and productive professional relationships with staff at all levels within the organisation.
•             Demonstrated ability to implement streamlined operational procedures and the ability to critically reflect on own work processes, as well as that of the whole team.

If you feel that you satisfy this criterion and are interested in developing expertise in higher education, then this is the role for you!

For further information on the position, please refer to the attached Position Description.

This is a full-time, on-going position, based at the Penrith campus.

Remuneration Package: HEW Level 6 $107,358 to $115,073 p.a. (comprising Salary of $90,719 to $97,238 p.a., plus Superannuation and Leave Loading)

Western Sydney University highly values equity and inclusiveness. We have a proud history of doing so and consider this an important part of our social and civic responsibilities as a University. We strive to contribute to tackling inequalities and promoting wellbeing within our own institution, the Greater Western Sydney region, nationally and internationally. If you share our passion for creating a more equitable and inclusive world, and if you are ready to contribute to meaningful change, join us in our mission to promote equity, inclusiveness, and wellbeing. 

What We Offer in Return
At Western Sydney University, we deeply value our staff and recognise their invaluable contributions that drive our mission and uphold our values. In return for your dedication, we offer:

  • 35 hour work week
  • Work from home up to 2 days per week 
  • 17% super contributions
Position Enquiries:

Please direct specific enquiries regarding the role to Peter Tolisson, via email

[email protected]

Recruitment Enquiries: Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the Recruitment Team at [email protected] 

Closing Date: 8:30pm on Sunday 19 May 2024 

Working Rights in Australia - Eligibility 
Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For an ongoing/continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident and provide evidence at time of application. 

Note - Only those applications submitted via the WSU online recruitment system will be accepted.

This is a re-advertised position - previous applicants need not apply

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Western Sydney University is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ, and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged.

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