Dean, Indigenous Engagement - Business and Law

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

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Curtin University considers that being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under

section 50D of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA)

. Therefore, only applications from suitably qualified Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people will be considered.

Your new role

Curtin is committed to embedding the voices and perspectives of Indigenous peoples at the forefront of our decision making to create an environment in which everyone thrives.

  • The Dean, Indigenous Engagement is a key appointment in our Faculty of Business and Law and is instrumental in informing and guiding the faculty on matters specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and ways of being and doing.
  • The Dean Indigenous Engagement will work across the university with Indigenous students, and all students, Academics and professional staff to help create, guide and embed Indigenous knowledges and cultural capability, fostering inclusivity and belonging.

Outcomes for the Dean role include:

  • leading the development and implementation of the faculty’s Indigenous engagement strategy
  • cultivating pathway opportunities for Indigenous students to participate and succeed in courses offered by the faculty and in all aspects of university life.
  • supporting the development of stronger links between Indigenous Cultures and Knowledges and the faculty’s research activities
  • guiding the inclusion of Indigenous ways of knowing and doing throughout curriculum development which contributes to academic staff training and engagement outcomes across the University.

This role is being offered in a full time continuing (permanent) capacity, with part-time engagement negotiable and is based at our

campus on Whadjuk Nyungar Country


Whilst it is preferable that the successful candidate will possess a PhD, we are focussed on finding the right balance of experience, community engagement and connections relevant to the role.

If your qualifications or experience look different from what we've described, but you feel your skills and potential are a match to the capabilities we need, please apply. We are looking for diversity in experience, thought and approach.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Professor Vanessa Chang, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law on

About us

The Faculty of Business and Law incorporates Curtin Business School and the Curtin Law School.

Curtin Business School (CBS) comprises the largest component of the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) and is made up of two discipline-based schools (Accounting, Economics and Finance; and Management and Marketing).
EQUIS and AACSB accredited, and with an EFMD Accredited MBA, CBS is highly respected for world class teaching and research which impacts business practice and benefits the community. Our graduates are highly sought after for their skills, abilities and commitment to making the world a better place.
Curtin Law School (CLS) offers a transformative legal education. Courses are professionally focused, incorporate contemporary global perspectives, and emphasise ethical standards within a deep understanding of the Rule of Law.
Our diverse advisory network provides expertise and engagement across all we do. Industry collaboration and strategic corporate partnerships - local, national and global - play a vital role in realising our strategic priorities. We aim to develop diverse international perspectives and cultural competence in our students. Selected CBS courses are offered on Curtin University’s global campuses in Dubai, Malaysia, Mauritius and Singapore.
In our aim to deliver relevant and meaningful research, we work in partnership with diverse industry sectors, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations to deliver beneficial outcomes.
Our vibrant Bentley campus includes a gym, childcare, a medical centre, an art gallery, endless food options including a full-range grocer, beautiful gardens, end-of-trip facilities, good parking and excellent public transport connections.
For more information about our university, please visit
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To apply for the Dean, Indigenous Engagement role, please ensure your application includes:

  • a cover letter
  • a copy of your current CV
  • statement addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role
  • Selection Criteria:
    • An established profile in, and significant contribution to, Indigenous engagement, teaching and research within the higher education sector is preferred.
    • Strong affiliations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community groups and professional organisations.
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively initiate, lead and implement strategic initiatives to raise the cultural capability of Non-Indigenous people and fulfil the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be successful in the University.

    To view a copy of the Position Description for this role please copy and paste the below link into your browser:

    Applications close:

     Sunday 2 April 2023, 9PM AWST


    Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks.

    Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.
    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3, 1).

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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