Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education, Research & Engagement

RMIT University

Australia: Melbourne - CBD
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Education & Training

Vacancy Type
  • Opportunity to lead the strategic direction on all issues relating to Indigenous Education, Research and Engagement across the university
  • Executive level salary + benefits and flexible working arrangements
  • Based at the City campus, however we work in a hybrid model - so you may choose to do your best work from elsewhere on certain days
  • Executive 5 year fixed-term appointment 
  • This is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander position, classified under ‘special measures’ of section 12 of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.

About the position

The Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education, Research and Engagement (PVC IERE) is a position that will lead Indigenous activities University-wide and represent RMIT externally in Indigenous matters, be responsible for the University’s Indigenous policy, strategy, engagement, partnerships and direction in education, research and innovation, employment and community engagement.   

A key accountability for the position will be the development and implementation of all aspects of RMIT’s strategic priorities and commitments to Indigenous participation and success. This position will play a significant leading role in the University’s achievement of its goals in the RMIT Strategy and through university-wide planning and action for employment, education, research and innovation including community engagement and partnerships. 

This successful incumbent will also represent RMIT in governance and public policy matters related to Indigenous engagement and self-determination, participating in university forums and committees, public policy discussion and wider partnerships.

Purpose of position 

The Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education, Research and Engagement will be involved with: 

  • Indigenous student recruitment and transition initiatives 
  • Indigenous student engagement and support strategies 
  • Indigenous Education Strategy 
  • Indigenous Research and Innovation Strategy 
  • Indigenous Workforce Strategy 
  • Indigenous community outreach and engagement 

In collaboration with the Vice Chancellor’s Executive group, this new role will enable RMIT to increase support for Indigenous student and staff, advance Indigenous education, research, employment and community engagement to build and strengthen our position as an education destination for Indigenous people. 

More information can be found in our Candidate Prospectus –  PVC IERE Candidate Prospectus Final.pdf

About you
This position is only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is designated as a special measure defined in section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Victoria).

  • Highly developed knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and contemporary issues with a proven ability to engage and work with Indigenous communities. 
  • Proven leadership experience within a higher education institution.
  • Evidence of leadership in developing strategies to enhance Indigenous student participation and success, including comprehensive understanding of the current issues and policies in Indigenous higher education and a commitment to achieving excellence. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively cross institutionally and devise strategies to advance the Indigenous education, employment and research agenda of a university. 
  • Advanced interpersonal and people skills with demonstrated capacity to establish excellent working relationships with Indigenous communities, government, industry, relevant professional bodies and public stakeholders.  
  • Sound financial acumen with the capacity to manage and develop budgets and knowledge of administrative and quality management systems within a University.  
  • Exceptional leadership skills in facilitating continuous improvement and change through highly effective engagement, collaboration and communication. 
  • Demonstrated ability in leading diverse teams to achieve high quality impactful outcomes in complex education and research environments. 


A PhD is desirable or equivalent qualification, with professional experience relevant to senior appointment in Indigenous education and research. 

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

To Apply 

Please submit your CV and covering letter directly to Gabrielle addressing your suitability/the Key Selection Criteria for this position.

If you would prefer to have a confidential discussion prior to applying then please reach out to Gabrielle Bassett | Executive Talent Acquisition Manager on +61 3 9925 9445 or


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RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

We are a 2021 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant.


Trans and Gender Diverse applicants

Inclusion is at the durrung (or heart) of who we are. We aim to create an environment where staff and students who identify as trans and gender diverse feel supported to succeed and belong.

We recognise the challenges faced by the trans and gender diverse community when applying for a new role.

At RMIT, we aim to support you from the start. Our Talent Acquisition team are active members of the RMIT Ally network.

For enquires or support through the application, recruitment and onboarding process, applicants who identify as trans or gender diverse are invited to contact Mat Lewis at

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