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Foundation for Young Australians

21-27 Somerset Place
Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Phone: 0413572968
Web Site: www.fya.org.au

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Executive Director, First Nations


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Executive Director, First Nations

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)

Exciting new opportunity to lead a dynamic and skilled team!

  • Full time or part time position (min 3 days) with salary of $145,000+ excluding superannuation

  • Flexible work location

  • This employment opportunity is only available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Applications will be reviewed upon receipt

About the role 

This newly developed leadership position of Executive Director, First Nations will lead FYA’s work to build the power of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to beat injustice and transform the future. This will include identifying opportunities to build the capacity of First Nations youth-led organisations, coaching young First Nations advocates, designing large scale First nations youth engagement projects, and supporting our consulting business, YLab, in delivery of co-design projects with young First Nations people.

Core responsibilities

  • Relationship building - Deeply engage with young First Nations people, Aboriginal controlled organisations, elders and other community members, to build relationships, understand issues and priorities, and set collective strategy.

  • Strategy and thought-leadership - Develop and deliver a dedicated strategy to build the capacity of First Nations youth-led organisations, including:

    • assessing the impact and appropriateness of existing initiatives, 

    • identifying strategic opportunities where financial investment, training or other structured support would enable growth in impact and sustainability

    • sharing this analysis through preparation of strategy memos or briefings

  • Capacity building - Work closely with FYA colleagues to ensure strong First Nations engagement with our grant-making, training and other capacity-building programs, including:

    • direct marketing and promotion to First Nations young people

    • design of targeted materials and communications

    • participation in selection processes

    • recruitment of First Nations mentors and consultants

    • participation in events, and delivery of training.

Depending on resources and your strategy, this work is likely to include a mix of approach - sometimes First Nations young people will participate in programs together with non-First Nations young people. In other cases, it will be more appropriate to run dedicated First Nations only cohorts or programs.

  • Strategist and connector- Acting as an immediate point of contact and relationship holder for First Nations young people with FYA, facilitating participants into other programs of the organisation, such as advocacy, strategic projects and YLab.

    • Advocacy - Work closely with the Executive Director, Advocacy, to shape and deliver an advocacy plan for First Nations youth issues. The substance of this program is to be determined but it might focus on issues of economic injustice, criminal justice, or beyond.

    • Strategic Projects - Advise on the development of both dedicated First Nations-focused projects, as well as the cultural safety and design of general programs. At FYA, our Strategic Projects are long-term initiatives that shift the power of young people in particular systems.

    • YLab - Identifying opportunities for young First Nations people to become YLab Associates and/or First Nations organisations to benefit from YLab’s First Nations practice.

  • General support as required. Support colleagues across the organisation to effectively and thoughtfully work with First Nations young people, including from time to time, acting as a secondary consultant on YLab First Nations projects, or coaching  young First Nations advocates. 


Job Requirements:

About You

  • At least 5-8 years experience in the non-profit sector driving strategic projects to achieve systems change or build the voice of community members, especially young people.
  • Extensive relationships with First Nations organisations and young people.

  • Demonstrated hands-on expertise and experience in designing and delivering a diverse range of public advocacy or community engagement tactics, such as community organising, leadership development, decision-maker engagement, digital campaigning, art or media projects.

  • Superior communications skills, including ability to craft compelling and concise written communications as well as strong presentation skills.

  • Strong leadership and management skills with a proven record of making sound decisions on behalf of an organisation, balancing complex priorities

  • Advanced cultural intelligence and the ability to work with individuals and communities with diverse experiences 

About the Foundation for Young Australians

Today’s generation of young Australians are facing unprecedented and intersecting crises. They also have the skills, insight and ambition to address them. At FYA, our vision is that young people have the power to beat injustice and transform the future. In pursuit of this vision, our purpose is to back young people with the trust, resources, skills, and connections to make change.

FYA has an incredible history, new CEO, focused strategy, dynamic team and board, and unique resource base. We are now shaping a future-focused organisation committed to the highest standards of professionalism, culture and conditions, diversity, and impact - all centered around our key constituents: young people.

FYA has four current First Nations team members, and in early 2021 two additional staff will join the team, who identify as Māori. We also currently have 10 YLab Associates (casual employees) who identify as First Nations. We are committed to prioritising work with First Nations over the long-term. The design of this First Nations work is at an early stage and there is a significant opportunity for the Executive Director First Nations to shape it.

Sound exactly like the role for you? 

Click Apply Now or head to the ‘work with us’ section of our website and follow the application process.

  • Please include  a detailed resume (no more than 3 pages)

  • A cover letter of up to 1000 words speaking to why you want the role, and how your experience aligns with the desired candidate profile.


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Melbourne, Vic, Australia


Executive Director, First Nations






$145,000.00 per year