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Program Coordinator

Macquarie University, Widening Participation Unit
  • Salary Package: From $93,017 - $102,676 (HEW 6) p.a. plus 17% employer superannuation contributions and annual leave loading
  • Role type: Full Time, Fixed Term Contract until end of December 2026
  • Location: Macquarie University, Wallumattagal Campus, North Ryde


We are seeking a proficient project officer with demonstrated experience in coordinating educational projects and programs, who has a genuine passion for student equity, to join our dynamic and collaborative team.

As the Widening Participation Program Coordinator, you be responsible for developing and implementing programs and initiatives which target increased access, participation and success in Higher Education for potential domestic undergraduate students from Low SES backgrounds, regional and remote areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.


Reporting to the Pre-Access and Participation Program Lead and Transition and Student Success Program Lead, you will:

  • Support the development and delivery of WPU pre-access, access and participation programs and initiatives both on and off Wallumattagal Campus (North Ryde) with a focus on students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds, students from regional and remote areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • Establish and sustain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to deliver WPU programs and initiatives and promote the University’s Widening Participation priorities.
  • Support Continuous Quality Improvement, Government, and internal Macquarie University reporting processes by completing CQI planning and reporting documentation.
  • Oversee individual activity and program budgets.
  • Coordinate and support a team of dedicated Program Assistants and Student Ambassadors in the delivery of WPU programs.
  • Contribute to the evaluation, research and development of WPU programs and initiatives.

In return, you as a Macquarie University staff member will enjoy competitive pay plus a range of salary packaging options and other benefits including:

  • Education and professional development opportunities 
  • Opportunity to travel to regional and remote areas
  • Access to our staff wellbeing program, staff support services, & employee flu shot program
  • Full access to the University Library resources including campus collections, and research databases.
  • Discounted membership to University’s Sport and Aquatic Centre
  • Access to a range of flexible working condition


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (DVC-A) is the Chief Academic Officer of the University and is a member of the University Executive.

The Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) within the DVC-A portfolio develops and drives the University’s strategy for building and enhancing entry and progression pathways and, with the Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching, leads the ongoing improvement of academic offerings at Macquarie.

The Widening Participation Unit (WPU) within that portfolio works to meet the University’s commitment to the national widening participation agenda with the aim to improve access and increase participation in Higher Education by students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented (low socio-economic status, regional and remote, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander). The WPU is funded by the Federal Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).


You have a solutions-focused attitude, excellent communication skills and thrive working in a collaborative team environment. You are proactive, enjoy working with diverse student cohorts, are experienced in coordinating people and projects, and are driven to achieve excellence in the workplace. You are committed to educational equity with a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. Experience in school and/or tertiary educational settings is highly desirable.


  • A relevant degree with demonstrated experience, or an equivalent combination of demonstrated experience in equity and widening participation and/or education/training.
  • Experience building and maintaining effective relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders, including an ability to liaise with staff from all levels of University, school executive and teaching staff, and students from both the school and tertiary sectors.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, excellent organisational skills and the ability to effectively prioritise and manage multiple competing tasks and deadlines to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with and support students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to collate data, review and implement improvements to programs and activities, and contribute to reports and research papers.

This position requires a paid employee Working with Children Check (WWCC) and a full driver's license.


Innovation and ingenuity thrive at Macquarie University when diversity, equity and inclusion take centre stage. At the University, we embrace a culture where diversity of background, experience and perspective are fundamental to our success.

We do not discriminate on gender identity, age, culture, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, family and caring responsibilities or religion. See our journey towards leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.


At Macquarie, we believe by providing flexibility in when, where and how work is done, we can support our staff to manage their personal commitments, while optimising their work performance and contributions to the University. See how we lead in flexible work to enable an outcome focused and inclusive workplace. To learn more about our culture and hiring process, explore our Candidate Resource Hub.

If being part of an inclusive, vibrant, team-orientated organisation is something you are passionate about, we encourage you to apply.

General enquiries can be sent to Melissa Wong, Widening Participation Unit Administrator: [email protected] using the subject line Widening Participation Program Coordinator enquiry via EthicalJobs.

If you need any support or reasonable adjustments through this recruitment process, please let us know so we can provide the support you need.

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