Academic Development Advisor

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, ongoing position at our Hawthorn campus
About the Job
Swinburne's Student Engagement department seeks a student-focused individual for the role of Academic Development Advisor. In this position, you will be responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating activities aimed at enhancing student engagement and academic attainment, and reducing student attrition. The work of the team has recently been profiled in The Conversation.

Reporting to the Academic Development Advisor Coordinator, your role will be integral to supporting students as they adapt to tertiary study, as well as supporting the recovery of students who have been identified as ‘at risk’ of continued academic failure or require ‘early intervention’ to prevent academic failure. The Academic Development Advisor will consult with students on a one-on-one basis, facilitate group activities and liaise with relevant academic and student support areas.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
• Substantial experience in tertiary teaching, including in program coordination and group facilitation
• Proven ability to implement high quality student engagement programs in a variety of learning modes which respond to a diverse range of student and client needs
• Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with people at all levels
• Demonstrated ability to foster and promote an inclusive, healthy and safe learning environment and provide support and advice to a diverse range of students
A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

• Onsite health services
• Private health insurance discounts
• Weekly yoga and Pilates classes
• Discounted annual Myki cards are available to Swinburne staff
To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Employee Benefits

How to apply and further information
To view the position description or to start an application please click on 'apply' or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description

For further information about this position, contact John Schwartz, Academic Development Advisor Coordinator via email at
If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact Jessie Macintyre, Director (Employee Experience) at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as our Charter of Cultural Diversity, Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on Thursday 24th September 2020.


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