Department Coordinator (Games) (SAE161.51.511.171.14) Brisbane, Australia

Salary: Inclusive of 9.5% superannuation.

About the role

Located in Brisbane and reporting to the Campus Academic Coordinator, the Department Coordinator (DC) is a core campus-based academic leadership position in SAE. This role is assigned a discrete discipline  or group of disciplines to provide specialist academic leadership on campus and within the faculty. The DC responsibilities correlate to three core areas of academic leadership:

  1. Content - Expertise in at least one creative media discipline;
  2. Delivery - Expertise in tertiary education practice preferably both higher education and vocational education and training (VET), understanding the student experience; and
  3. Resources - Skill in leading a tertiary teaching team, understanding the technical resources needed to deliver a program



The DC provides discipline leadership drawing upon professional standing and discipline knowledge - expert practitioner, qualifications, scholarship or combination of any or all of these. An individual’s professional practice, higher qualifications, industry recognition through awards or prizes are all acknowledgement of this standing. A DC also exercises collegial discipline leadership as an ex officio member of an SAE Program Committee along with other campus academic leaders.



The second essential quality manifests in the leadership exercised in the delivery of units. As an academic discipline leader on a campus, the DC is responsible for overseeing the delivery of units in designated programs. An essential responsibility is the quality of assessment and the review of final results in preparation for the campus moderation meeting each trimester.  

Concurrent with delivery is the pastoral oversight of students. DCs are the first line of responsibility for students in the program and coordinate with Student Services in all capacities to ensure students receive support and guidance for their studies. The DC has a variety of tools to assist in this task. Attendance rates assessment completion and information access (portal and Campus Online) provide indicators for action. For serious cases of academic progress and conduct a DC will conduct Student Progression Meetings as required.



A DC will provide expert advice to the Academic Coordinator and Campus Manager with regard to specialised equipment, software and other materials. Fundamental to this responsibility is assisting in the design of the timetable


The person we seek will ideally have the following:

Qualifications & Experience –

  • Demonstrable leadership and teaching experience in tertiary education
  • Hold at least a Masters qualification
  • Have industry experience in at least one SAE discipline
  • Possess superior interpersonal and communication skills

Core Competencies – 

  • Excellent scholarly expertise
  • Good interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Analysis and problems solving skills
  • Strong administration skills – organised, systems oriented with a meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to build relationships with all levels of the campus
  • Student-focussed
  • Teamwork
  • Cultural awareness
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Proven experience teaching Games Design and/or Games Programming at a tertiary level
  • Hold an AQF Level 9 equivalency or higher, in a related discipline
  • Possess superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of industry specific software / hardware and processes
  • Excellent understanding of transferable skills


What we can offer you:


  • Career opportunities globally and professional development
  • Fun, creative, modern facilities on a beautiful campus
  • Collegial and collaborative environment with the aim of academic excellence
  • Health & Wellbeing packages which includes free counselling for employees and family, discounted movie tickets, discounts on travel, accommodation and insurance


About Us

Established in 1976, SAE Creative Media Institute provides niche creative media programs to about 10,000 students at more than 50 campuses around the world.

SAE is recognised for providing students with access to the best industry equipment and facilities, employing teaching staff with strong industry experience and delivering hands on teaching and learning in small class environments. The Institute engages with industry to develop curriculum that is relevant to local and global workforce needs. Work placements and internships are embedded in SAE programs are pathways to employment.


Globally, SAE offers an extensive suite of creative media programs, from short courses and professional training through to bachelor and postgraduate degrees. 


Diversity and Inclusion

SAE promotes and embraces an inclusive and diversified workforce. We believe equality, flexibility and diversity in the workplace will deliver a rich and collaborative environment for our employees, students and clients.

We encourage applications from candidates with disabilities, of all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and diverse community groups.


How to apply

Please apply online to lodge your application successfully. For enquiries about the role, please contact Dylan Crawfoot on 07 3850 2005.

Applications close on Friday, 07/05/2021 at 11.59pm however, we reserve the right to progress or confirm applicants prior to close date. Applications received after the close date may be considered pending the recruitment process.


To our agency partners – thank you for your interest however, we will not be accepting unsolicited applications and we do not require support for this role, at this stage


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