Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Executive Dean, Faculty of Indigenous Knowledges and Culture

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

149 Victoria Park Rd, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059, Australia

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About the Position

We are seeking an exceptional Indigenous Australian leader and academic to join us as the Executive Dean of the newly created Faculty of Indigenous Knowledges and Culture. This position offers the unique opportunity to shape the strategic direction and academic vision of the Faculty, ensuring that the Faculty becomes a hub for Indigenous Australian knowledge and culture within the university and the wider community.

As a respected Indigenous Australian scholar and leader, you will draw on your deep understanding of Indigenous Australian knowledge systems, cultural protocols, and community engagement principles to lead the development of innovative programs, research initiatives, and partnership strategies that honour and celebrate Indigenous Australian knowledges, perspectives, and contributions.

About the Faculty of Indigenous Knowledges and Culture

QUT is embarking on an exciting journey to establish a new faculty of Indigenous Knowledges and Culture, setting a groundbreaking precedent for Australian higher education. The Faculty will expand our capacity in Indigenous Australian education, research, and engagement, welcoming students from all backgrounds into a culturally rich and inclusive learning environment.

The Faculty will offer programs from pre-award pathways through to undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, alone and in collaboration with other programs across the University. Providing an opportunity for all our graduates to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous Australian knowledges and culture builds on our core philosophy of providing education relevant to the real world.

Life at QUT

We're committed to building a culture that fosters connection between people and purpose. Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a career at QUT offers:

  • A healthy work-life balance with a blend of on-campus and off-campus work arrangements for applicable positions.
  • Competitive remuneration with up to 17% superannuation.
  • Generous maternity leave including primary carer parental leave of up to 26 weeks (including 17% super).
  • Stay healthy with Fitness Passport and enjoy discounted rates on private health insurance.
  • Purchased Leave Scheme - up to 8 extra weeks.
  • Salary Packaging Scheme for additional superannuation contributions, vehicle leasing, and on-campus services such as childcare, parking, and gyms.
  • Numerous opportunities for professional development including leadership programs and workshops, and our study assistance scheme.
  • Commitment to our Indigenous Australian staff through initiatives such as the Indigenous Australian Staff Network, Cultural and Ceremonial Leave, Staff Development Workshops, and representation on university committees.

Belong at QUT

We are guided by our values of Ambition, Curiosity, Integrity, Inclusiveness, Innovation, and Academic Freedom and our QUT Connections in our mission to inspire and shape the next generation of change-makers.

As part of our commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace, we proudly support our Indigenous Australians Employment Strategy, aiming for an Indigenous Australian workforce participation of 3.6%. We extend a warm invitation to Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people to join us in pursuing rewarding careers at QUT.

We believe that diversity is our strength and are dedicated to creating safe, inclusive spaces where everyone can thrive. We strongly encourage individuals from diverse cultures, ages, linguistic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities, and those who are living with disabilities to apply for positions at QUT.

At QUT, diversity is not just embraced—it's celebrated.

Selection Criteria

The successful applicant will demonstrate:

  1. A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline with a strong record of leadership and achievement in Indigenous Australian education and research.
  2. Recognised expertise in Indigenous Australian knowledge systems and scholarship, with a deep understanding of Indigenous Australian research methodologies and critical Indigenous studies.
  3. Demonstrated capacity for strategic leadership, innovation, and sustainable change agenda in advancing teaching, learning and research related to Indigenous Australian knowledges and culture.
  4. Alignment with the Indigenous Australian profile of the university, including a commitment to Indigenous Australian sovereignty, decolonisation, and critical Indigenous studies.
  5. Demonstrated engagement with Indigenous Australian communities, organisations, and NGOs beyond academia, showcasing a strong connection to and understanding of Indigenous Australian political landscapes, issues and priorities.
  6. Experience in operational leadership, preferably with experience in scaling up initiatives and programs. Experience in administrative and operational roles within an academic setting, with an understanding of how to navigate the complexities of higher education institutions.
  7. Ability to fulfill external facing responsibilities as an Executive Dean, including representing the Faculty to external stakeholders, partners, and funding bodies. Experience in engaging with diverse communities and organisations to advance the mission and objectives of the Faculty.

Information for Applicants


The appointment will initially offered on a fixed-term, full-time basis for five (5) years.


An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.


Kelvin Grove campus


This position is open to Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people. For this position it is a genuine occupational requirement that it be filled by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person as permitted by and arguable under sections 25, 104 and 105 of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act (1991).

How to Apply

The Insight Group are assisting QUT with the appointment of this position.

For a confidential discussion, we recommend reaching out to Dr. Rohan Carr or Ms. Emily Witts to receive a copy of the candidate prospectus and to discuss application requirements.

Phone: +61 3 9654 3288

Email: applications@insightgroup.com.au

Your application submission should include:

  1. A cover letter articulating your vision for the role,
  2. A written response addressing the selection criteria; and,
  3. A comprehensive CV.

Applications close

Wednesday 31 July 2024 at 11.30pm AEST