An opportunity has become available for a Student Advice and Advocacy Officer (SAAO) to work with the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA). SUPRA provides casework advice, advocacy and representation to postgraduate students in a wide range of areas. The position of SAAO is central to the services that SUPRA provides to postgraduate students at the University of Sydney.
Applicants for the position of SAAO must demonstrate that they can provide an effective casework service to postgraduate students and be familiar with a wide range of issues impacting the welfare of postgraduate students. They must also be able to contribute to policy work and assist elected student representatives in their duties, including preparing for committees. Applicants need to demonstrate a commitment to equity and social justice principles.
The successful applicant for this position will also demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills, an ability to effectively work in a team and with culturally and linguistically diverse people. SUPRA is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity, Ethical Practice (including privacy and confidentiality), and Work Health and Safety principles.
Essential Selection Criteria / Skills and Knowledge
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of settings, including: face to face, phone, and email communications with students when providing casework; provision of written and verbal briefings on casework and policy issues; drafting written material for welfare publications and SUPRA submissions on policy issues; interactions with colleagues, governing Council, University staff, and others.
- Relevant tertiary qualification (e.g. social work, welfare, or legal qualifications) or at least 2 years experience in providing relevant casework services.
- Demonstrated ability to provide a casework advice and advocacy service.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively provide a service for culturally and linguistically diverse people.
- Demonstrated understanding of a wide range of issues relevant to postgraduate students.
- Demonstrated ability to identify issues arising out of casework and contribute to policy and campaign work.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and also independently with minimum supervision.
- Capacity to interpret university rules and procedures governing postgraduate study.
- Demonstrated commitment to principles of equity and social justice.
- Demonstrated competency with use of computers, including Microsoft Office, email, and use of the Internet.
Desirable Selection Criteria / Skills and Knowledge
- Experience working with non-profit community organisations
- Experience working in a University environment
- Demonstrated understanding of a wide range of issues relevant to postgraduate students
- Ability to communicate in one or more of the most common first languages other than English of postgraduate international students. (e.g. Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Malay, Arabic or Hindi).
Rate of Pay: $97,843 per annum (Level 6, Step 1) plus superannuation
Type of Employment: Permanent Role
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