Academic Coordinator - Queensland (Identified Role - Indigenous)

Date: 2 Apr 2024

Location: Brisbane, QLD, AU Townsville, QLD, AU Cairns, QLD, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

Child safety

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs. View our Child Safe Policy.

The opportunity


  • Contribute to the impactful work of CSIRO's Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy
  • A meaningful opportunity to support female and female-identifying students participating in the Academy
  • Offering flexible hybrid full-time or part-time options


CSIRO, in collaboration with CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program Limited, has been provided funds to design and deliver a national 10-year Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy (the Academy) for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander female and female-identifying students from Year 8 through higher education and to graduate employment. The Academy is an investment in a generation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander female leaders, role models and game-changers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The Academic Coordinators are role models who provide guidance, assistance and support to female and female-identifying students participating in the Academy using a case management approach. The role works exclusively to support young Indigenous women from ages 13-18 years of age. The Academic Coordinator will be expected to build and maintain strong and respectful relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, families and other stakeholders across their cohort region. 


We are recruiting two Academic Coordinators, one for the Queensland region and another for the Brisbane region, please refer to: Academic Coordinator - Brisbane West if you wish to apply for the Brisbane region.

Your duties will include:

  • Establishing, maintaining, and fostering ongoing and culturally respectful relationships with schools, families, communities and stakeholders.
  • Understanding and following appropriate protocols when working and communicating with Aboriginal communities and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Providing positive role modelling to Academy students.
  • Demonstrating appropriate behaviours at all times when working with children.
  • Providing guidance, support and assistance to students participating in the Academy using individualised, solution-focussed, case management approaches.
  • Working collaboratively with the Academy team to develop and deliver support materials, activities, and resources for Academy participants, including developing and/or attending Regional STEM Camps.
  • Contributing to the collection of monitoring and evaluation data and reporting as required. 
  • Managing responses to enquiries about the Academy program.
  • Other duties as directed.


Location: Queensland sites - Brisbane (Dutton Park), Townsville or Cairns

Salary: AU$93,267 to AU$105,517pa (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term until July 2027, flexible full-time or part-time

Reference: 96337

To be considered you will need:


  • A demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies, cultures and the issues affecting these cultures in Australian society as well as a demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Experience in working with or developing programs that support social and emotional wellbeing and educational outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people and/or a qualification in secondary education (any STEM areas), social work, youth work or psychology.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain strong and productive relationships and networks with young people, families, stakeholders, colleagues and supervisors.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to work safely with children.
  • A current Australian Class C driver’s licence and ability to travel, including interstate, as required.



  • Experience supporting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young women in educational settings, specifically for STEM. 
  • Experience developing and/or delivering STEM programs for high school aged students.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


CSIRO considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).


The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Citizenship. The successful applicant will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.


The successful applicant is required to provide contact details of at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Referee to confirm their ability to work and communicate respectfully with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


Given the child safety obligations of this role, the successful candidate will need to provide evidence that they hold a working with children checks prior to confirmation of appointment.

Flexible working arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 


CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


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How to apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications close

2nd May 2024, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT