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Senior Adviser, VIC/TAS Region


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The Opportunity:
The primary focus of these roles is to manage teams working with a wide range of stakeholders to develop policy and program proposals that demonstrably meet the needs of Indigenous communities. The role undertakes a diverse range of activities which includes needs identification by place, negotiation, strategic planning, identifying pipeline opportunities for future consideration and assessment of economic and social benefits for specific proposals.

The role works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to address place-based needs and priorities and to maximise the social and economic impact of policies and programs. The Senior Adviser will be a leader in place-based practice and co-designing local solutions, intelligence gathering and building the evidence base. The Senior Adviser requires cultural and technical skills to be effective in community engagement in a way that ensures the community voice is accurately heard. You will ensure all proposals for investment are developed in partnership with communities, meet economic and social benefit tests and are capable of successful, low risk implementation. 

You will also lead and manage teams which develop the policy evidence base against which to test policy and program ideas. You will ensure that effective and efficient co-design exercises involve key community members, to ensure that priorities identified for investment meet community needs. You will have a sound understanding of the policy development process and be able to work flexibly between community and policy environments.
Our Ideal Candidates:
 Our ideal candidates are passionate about better understanding the key issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 
Candidates should exhibit sound judgement and professionalism and have the capacity to work flexibly and responsively to achieve results.

To fill the role, we are looking for employees who can demonstrate the following competencies: 
  • High level of cultural acumen and understanding of the issues affecting Indigenous people.
  • Strong engagement and stakeholder management skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical, research and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to provide strategic policy advice to guide assessment of policy and program proposals.
  • Ability to identify emerging opportunities or issues, and respond quickly to competing priorities as they emerge.
  • Ability to ensure that the right conditions for effective co-design are created in community consultations.
  • Ability to use data to highlight key gaps or weaknesses in community programs and supports.
  • Demonstrated ability to monitor and analyse performance and financial reports.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, good judgement and political nous.
  • Demonstrated proactive leadership across all APS levels that provides staff with tools and expectations to deliver high quality, client focused outcome.
  • Ability to manage staff and ensure their community and stakeholder engagement complies with relevant legislation, guidance materials and policy frameworks.
  • Ability to provide constructive management to staff with a focus on capability development, managing change, team building and talent management.
  • Demonstrated proactive leadership across all APS levels that provides staff with tools and expectations to deliver high quality, client focused outcomes.
To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen at the closing date application.
This vacancy advertised is open to all eligible applicants and is not restricted to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants.
Indigenous job seekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is ‘identified’, then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.
RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see: https://www.apsc.gov.au/recruitability
How to apply:
If this sounds like the opportunity you are looking for, we want to hear from you!  Submit an online application through the NIAA Careers page by Sunday, 05 July 2020 at 11:30pm AEDT.

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Full time


Melbourne and Shepparton, Vic, Australia


Senior Adviser, VIC/TAS Region






$125,115 - $148,907 per year