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Research Associate - Alice Spring

Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Batchelor Institute is the only First Nations dual sector tertiary education provider in Australia. The Institute gives precedence to its philosophy of Both Ways: positioning First Nations peoples as knowledge holders in all educational transactions with Western knowledge systems as well as privileging First Nations ways of learning and teaching to underpin our engagement with mainstream education systems and society more broadly.

Batchelor Institute is committed to research and research training activities that are underpinned by First Nations’ ways of being, knowing and valuing the world. Acknowledging the unceded sovereignty of First Nations peoples, Batchelor Institute respects and fosters land-based knowledges and encourages the grounding of research within this context. It is committed to First Nations-led research activities which privilege First Nations’, language and culture, perspectives, priorities and aspirations.

Research at the Institute is founded on the following five principles:

Unceded sovereignty - Research recognises and acknowledges First Nations lands and peoples and works to ground knowledge construction and research processes from this position.

Strength in Culture –Research acknowledges, respects and builds on the cultural legacy of First Nations ancestors and knowledge holders.

First Nations-led - First Nations peoples are leaders and sources of knowledge in all research activities from conceptualisation to communication. Research plans, policies and activities are developed according to First Nations’ needs, priorities, interests, aspirations and perspectives.

Decolonising agenda: Research is committed to anti-colonial struggles through privileging and prioritising First Nations ways of being (ontologies), ways of knowing(epistemologies), ways of valuing (axiologies), and ways of doing (methodologies).

Cultural Accountability – Research acknowledges diverse First Nations positionalities and experiences as well as responding with integrity to localised (land-based) cultural obligations and responsibilities.

Primary Objective: Research Associate will engage and participate in aspects of research supporting more senior researchers and staff with research development and community engagement, research ethics, project implementation, data collection and analysis, knowledge dissemination, and research administration.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enrol in, manage milestones and successfully complete an Institute Research Program (MA or PHD) within program timeframes
  • Support the Centre for Aboriginal Languages and Linguistics (CALL) team with community-based language activities and scholarship priorities
  • Support Senior Researchers engaged in program evaluation work
  • Promote the Institute and its research through advocating for First Nations peoples in a range of professional and community settings
  • Contribute to written reports, publications and other form of research dissemination as part of a research team
  • If needed undertake a small component of Vocational and or undergraduate lecturing responsibilities
  • Actively participate in team meetings and relevant committee.

Selection Criteria – Essential

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in culturally diverse teams within the social, political, and cultural environments of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities and organisations.
  • Undergraduate qualifications in social sciences/humanities and an ability to demonstrate required skills for entry into an Institute Research program.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing with a diverse range of stakeholders including community members, teachers, community leaders and Elders, academics, and government bureaucrats.
  • Demonstrated experience in initiating and successfully managing own milestones
  • Evidence of critical thinking, problem solving and life-long learning capacities.

Selection Criteria – Desirable

  • Ability to quickly acquire knowledge of the Institute’s structure, functions and objectives.
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40116 or the ability to obtain.

Additional information

  • Applicants must provide at least one Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander referee.
  • Copies of qualifications must be submitted.
  • Applicants must have an Ochre Card and a current Police Check and/or the ability to obtain these prior to commencement.
  • The COVID-19 Safety Management Plan and other COVID-19 related information Policy and Procedure require all Batchelor Institute workers to have had a third COVID-19 vaccination. Temporary or permanent exemptions apply in certain circumstances as provided for in the CHO Directions.
  • Applicants must be able and willing to undertake travel throughout the NT and Interstate (sometimes as a light aircraft passenger) and possess a C class Driver’s Licence.

Further information regarding this vacancy is also available from the Institute’s website or by contacting the Acting Executive Dean on 08 89518337.

All enquiries and applications are to be forwarded directly to Batchelor Institute Email: [email protected] using the subject line: Research Associate - Alice Spring enquiry via EthicalJobs.

All applications must:

  • Include a completed application lodgement form
  • Individually address each selection criteria
  • Include current CV / resume

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.

A position description are a lodgement form are attached.

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