Student Representation and Development Officer

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Bedford Park, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime



About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Fixed-term, full-time, available until 10 June 2022
Compensation Grade:
Higher Education Officer Level 7
Salary Range:
$86,821 - $96,107 pa
Reporting to:
Manager, Student Engagement
Under broad direction, the Student Representation and Development Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of an effective structure and mechanism to enable meaningful student representation, allowing students to have a voice at all levels across the University. The position will coordinate strategies to empower and support all student representatives to ensure they are effective members of University decision-making bodies.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Student Representative and Development Officer is accountable for managing student representation across the University including:

  • Analysing current trends and best practice to develop and coordinate an effective model of student representation and partnership, which provides the opportunity for students to have a voice in decision making at all levels across the University and increases student engagement.

  • The ongoing development and implementation of policies, procedures and guidelines that support an effective model of student representation and partnership.

  • The development of effective relationships with key academic and professional staff across the University, with the aim of enhancing and improving student representation and partnership.

  • The empowerment of the elected Student Council representatives of FUSA, through the provision of support and mentorship, to assist them to achieve their goals and facilitate action.

  • Overseeing the development and coordination of effective training, leadership and development programs and activities aimed at all student representatives;

  • The coordination and professional delivery of student elections and referendums;

  • Working with University stakeholders to recommend improvements to student participation in University decision-making;

  • Identifying, coordinating and supporting opportunities for co-creation with students, and for ensuring a diverse and inclusive student voice is represented in key University planning initiatives and projects; and

  • Other responsibilities in line with the level of the role as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in a related field or a combination of relevant post-secondary qualifications and/or relevant experience;

  • Demonstrated understanding of and empathy towards students, student representation and student issues and ability to engage with students and elected student representatives and motivate in a collaborative manner, and the ability to identify core issues and provide constructive solutions; 

  • Demonstrated ability to research, engage in strategic thinking, interpret policy and to analyse complex information to develop judgements, recommendations, reports and guidelines based on sound reasoning and justification;

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, coordinate and deliver training, programs, induction sessions, mentoring and other activities, which develop personal, professional and leadership capabilities;

  • Well-developed interpersonal communication and diplomacy skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate, mediate, to deal with conflict, sensitive issues and navigate complex and politically sensitive relationships with both students and staff;

  • Well-developed written communication skills, including the ability to produce a range of written correspondence, policy and procedures, position papers and reports based on data collection and research;

  • Demonstrated planning and time management skills with the ability to determine priorities and work with minimum supervision to respond to changing circumstances and to meet tight deadlines; and

  • Knowledge and understanding of the major issues and trends impacting on higher education, students and student engagement.

For application enquiries please contact: Ms Kate Walsh

it is a requirement of this position that the incumbent maintain a current Child Related Employment Screening which is satisfactory to the University in accordance with the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA).



Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

18 Apr 2021



About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Fixed-term, full-time, available until 10 June 2022
Compensation Grade:
Higher Education Officer Level 7
Salary Range:
$86,821 - $96,107 pa
Reporting to:
Manager, Student Engagement
Under broad direction, the Student Representation and Development Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of an effective structure and mechanism to enable meaningful student representation, allowing students to have a voice at all levels across the University. The position will coordinate strategies to empower and support all student representatives to ensure they are effective members of University decision-making bodies.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Student Representative and Development Officer is accountable for managing student representation across the University including:

  • Analysing current trends and best practice to develop and coordinate an effective model of student representation and partnership, which provides the opportunity for students to have a voice in decision making at all levels across the University and increases student engagement.

  • The ongoing development and implementation of policies, procedures and guidelines that support an effective model of student representation and partnership.

  • The development of effective relationships with key academic and professional staff across the University, with the aim of enhancing and improving student representation and partnership.

  • The empowerment of the elected Student Council representatives of FUSA, through the provision of support and mentorship, to assist them to achieve their goals and facilitate action.

  • Overseeing the development and coordination of effective training, leadership and development programs and activities aimed at all student representatives;

  • The coordination and professional delivery of student elections and referendums;

  • Working with University stakeholders to recommend improvements to student participation in University decision-making;

  • Identifying, coordinating and supporting opportunities for co-creation with students, and for ensuring a diverse and inclusive student voice is represented in key University planning initiatives and projects; and

  • Other responsibilities in line with the level of the role as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in a related field or a combination of relevant post-secondary qualifications and/or relevant experience;

  • Demonstrated understanding of and empathy towards students, student representation and student issues and ability to engage with students and elected student representatives and motivate in a collaborative manner, and the ability to identify core issues and provide constructive solutions; 

  • Demonstrated ability to research, engage in strategic thinking, interpret policy and to analyse complex information to develop judgements, recommendations, reports and guidelines based on sound reasoning and justification;

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, coordinate and deliver training, programs, induction sessions, mentoring and other activities, which develop personal, professional and leadership capabilities;

  • Well-developed interpersonal communication and diplomacy skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate, mediate, to deal with conflict, sensitive issues and navigate complex and politically sensitive relationships with both students and staff;

  • Well-developed written communication skills, including the ability to produce a range of written correspondence, policy and procedures, position papers and reports based on data collection and research;

  • Demonstrated planning and time management skills with the ability to determine priorities and work with minimum supervision to respond to changing circumstances and to meet tight deadlines; and

  • Knowledge and understanding of the major issues and trends impacting on higher education, students and student engagement.

For application enquiries please contact: Ms Kate Walsh

it is a requirement of this position that the incumbent maintain a current Child Related Employment Screening which is satisfactory to the University in accordance with the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA).



Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

18 Apr 2021
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