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Deputy Principal (Burgmann College ANU Campus)

ACT, Australia

Job Type


Closing Date

25 February 2024


The Deputy Principal is chiefly responsible for the coordination of the activities of the College as a community with particular emphasis on academic support, social diversity, interaction, and harmony.

In this regard, the Deputy Principal is seen as the penultimate custodian of good order within the College, for ensuring that effective, productive and beneficial relationships are formed across the College and for the supervision of College Dean, Residential Advisors, College Gender and Sexuality Advocates (GSEAs), IT Crowd, Academic Network and Burgmann Journal Editor in Chief.

Job Description

Applicants are invited to submit a Cover Letter together with their CV and Statements Against the Selection Criteria (maximum three pages) to the Manager Business & Finance:

Applications are due by 10.00pm Sunday 25 February 2024.

Interview offers for shortlisted candidates will be made from Wednesday 27 February 2024.

Interviews are expected to take place in the week beginning Monday 4 March 2024.

  • Applicants will be required to undertake a current police clearance.

  • Applicants should hold a current driver’s licence.

  • Applicants should hold Mental Health First Aid Certificate, First Aid Certificate, Working with Vulnerable People Registration, ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and training and experience in Responding to Disclosures.

  • Applicants will be expected to work significant hours outside business hours and may receive time in lieu (Full Time 35 hours/week).

Reporting Relations:

  • The Deputy Principal of the College is appointed by and reports to the Principal of the College.  Following a six-month probationary period, the Principal will conduct a performance review check in. It is expected that a contract period of five years would be offered for this role.


  • Please include your earliest start date; we are hoping to fill the position for a commencement date as soon as possible.


  • Salary plus superannuation contributions.

  • A fully furnished apartment (inclusive of all utilities).

  • Parking allocation (one).

  • A mobile phone for College related business use.

  • Necessary relocation expenses to an agreed value.

Eligibility Requirements

Essential Qualifications:

  • A degree with significant relevant experience within a residential college or a combination of relevant experience and education, training and pastoral care.


  • Demonstrated experience in the provision of pastoral care to a diverse group of people in a residential environment.  Previous experience in a student residence will be highly regarded.

  • An ability to provide academic support programs, encouraging leadership and offering guidance to all students within a ‘shared learning’ framework.

  • Excellent staff management skills and capacity to provide direction to colleagues and staff, including change management and managing financial responsibilities.

  • An ability to coordinate College activities as a community with particular emphasis on community building, academic support, social diversity, interaction and harmony.

  • Deputising for the Principal and executive staff during their absence and supporting College-wide administrative functions, human resource management, marketing and outreach.

  • Excellent MS Office skills and ideally some experience with website database management.


  • A high level of equal opportunity principles and a commitment to the application of EO policies.

About Us

Burgmann College is a unique university residential community of 378 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Opened in 1971, Burgmann is affiliated with The Australian National University and is situated on its campus.

We are proud of the unique and distinctive residential experience Burgmann provides. Our mission is the growth of the whole person— a vibrant and dynamic residential experience which equips young people with the interpersonal and intellectual skills that will best serve them to excel academically and make their most valuable contribution to the world.

Burgmann offers exceptional pastoral care in a non-hierarchical, multi-year resident structure. The Principal, Deputy Principal and College Dean live on-site, contributing strongly to residents feeling safe in their home-away-from-home.

Burgmann residents play an extraordinary role in the College’s governance, which gives residents a powerful role in making important decisions that affect them and their fellow residents, and provides meaningful opportunities in governance training for a future generation of leaders.

The College is sponsored by the Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, Uniting Churches and the Churches of Christ which are represented on the College Council. There is no religious test for entry, re-entry or any process within the life of the College. The College has an inclusive Christian heritage, which continues in various ways to define its character and sustain its lifestyle.

Burgmann is a community comprising residential members (students and staff), members of Council and members of Convocation. Unlike many older colleges, Burgmann is a single community with no hierarchies of residential membership, and where residents play a significant role in the affairs of the College.

The College aims to provide:

  • a vital community;

  • academic support;

  • pastoral care for members of the community and, where possible, a wider university population; and

  • the empowerment and development of students, with maximum cooperation with resident bodies. 

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