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Government Engagement Coordinator


Job Description:

The Opportunity:

As the key government contact within a local area, Government Engagement Coordinators (GECs) live in an Indigenous community and work closely with community members and stakeholders. In South Australia, GECs are based in the remote community of Amata and in Umuwa on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands and travel frequently to surrounding communities. The role requires a flexible and practical mind-set and the ability to solve complex problems and apply good judgement.

The successful candidate will be required to live and work in a remote Indigenous community and must be capable of working independently with limited guidance. The role will require frequent 4WD travel on dirt roads. GECs play a key leadership role in working with a wide range of community, private sector and government stakeholders to develop and implement place-based solutions that address local issues. The position focuses on maximising the social and economic impact of policies and programs. GECs are results-oriented and possess strong engagement and communication skills. The role provides opportunities for collaboration and joint problem solving and seeks to establish a more integrated approach to service delivery within a community and broader region. In order to be effective, the GEC must build productive relationships within the community as well as across NIAA, other Commonwealth, state and local governments, the private sector and service providers.

The GEC maintains a detailed understanding of the range of investment, including through government programs and services, in communities within a local region. There will be an emphasis on supporting capability and governance in Indigenous communities, in their local governance arrangements, and in the capacity of people to lead change. Opportunities will be developed in a co-design framework, where the local community has a meaningful voice in determining the priorities for action, including timeframes.

The role supervises, mentors and seeks development opportunities for other community development staff who also work within the community. The GEC is a member of the executive leadership team in the region and is expected to contribute productively to strategic directions and change management, including managing projects and activities. The GEC will also work to develop solutions to program implementation and service delivery issues, liaising across government agencies and service providers, contributing to related briefing and issues papers. The GEC reports directly to a Director in their local Regional Office.


Our Ideal Candidates:

To fill this role, we are looking for an employee who can demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ability to identify emerging opportunities or issues, and respond quickly to competing priorities.
  • Experience in project management, social and/or economic development and understanding of working in place.
  • Understanding of lifecycle of development and ability to inform and build capability in community about impact-based approaches and evidence. 
  • Maintain a very strong understanding of local community needs and of the services being provided within the community by government and non-government organisations and other investments. 
  • Work responsively and in partnership with communities, other government agencies and service providers to broker local solutions that are appropriately tailored to local needs and cultural context.
  • Negotiate project goals and performance outcomes that will target community needs.
  • Monitor the performance of service providers and discuss and resolve local, on-ground issues associated with the delivery of quality of services. 
  • Demonstrated flexibility, good judgement and political nous. 
  • Ability to identify risks and show good judgement in management and escalation of issues. 
  • Demonstrated proactive leadership across all APS levels that provides staff with tools and expectations to deliver high quality, client focused outcomes.
  • Ability to provide constructive management to staff with a focus on capability development, team building and talent management.
  • Uphold the APS Values and Code of Conduct and understand and acknowledge what it means to be an APS employee.


What We Offer

  • A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions.  A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions. This includes travel to and from APY Lands, agreed negotiated removal costs, use of Agency vehicle and provision of Agency accommodation on the APY Lands.
  • Exciting and fulfilling work including career development and networking opportunities,
  • The opportunity to work with strong, smart, visionary and experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions.


Identified Position

This position is Identified which signifies that the role has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This position has direct engagement with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, communities and service providers, or is involved in the development of programmes and policy. You will require a high level of cultural competency, including:

  • demonstrated understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • demonstrated high level ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • demonstrated high level capability and commitment to continue to develop cultural competency



To be eligible for employment with NIAA, applicants must be an Australian Citizen at the time of the vacancy closing.

Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.


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 28 January 2021 at 11:30pm AEDT.


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Employment Type:

Full time


Amata, Umuwa, SA, Australia


Government Engagement Coordinator






$107,494 - $122,513 per year