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SURRY HILLS 2010, NSW, Australia

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Assistant Director, Township Leasing Engagement


Job Description:

The Opportunity:

The Office of Township Leasing (OTL) is the administrative office that provides operational support to the Executive Director of Township Leasing (Executive Director). Township Leasing has been designed to create options for land administration on Aboriginal Land which focus on establishing secure land tenure and streamlining land administration in order to facilitate economic opportunities in remote Aboriginal communities, including home ownership and business development.

The OTL’s work focusses on the administration, operational delivery and sustainability of land tenure arrangements, including facilitating economic opportunities. The OTL’s work requires collaboration with Aboriginal Traditional Owners and other key stakeholders including sublessees, community members, commercial operators and governments.

As Assistant Director you will be part of the Township Leasing and Engagement team responsible for managing new and existing leasing arrangements between the Executive Director, Traditional Land Owners and sublessees.  You will be responsible for the preparation of briefings and advice to the Executive Director on strategy, stakeholder and community engagement. You will be required to build and maintain strong strategic relationships across levels of government, with Traditional Land Owners and other key stakeholders such as Land Councils and Regional Councils, and within Township Lease communities. You will leverage your relationships to provide high quality advice based on current information, and contribute to economic development, community development, home ownership and other economic opportunities for Aboriginal enterprises and individuals.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Representing the Executive Director at internal and external forums and meetings.
  • Developing and maintaining strong and effective relationships across Australian and Territory levels of government, with Traditional Land Owners, local cultural authorities and other key stakeholders such as Land Councils and Regional Councils, and within the local community, to facilitate Township Leasing operations and promote the strategic and business objectives of the office.
  • Working respectfully and effectively with strong community engagement and negotiation skills, in a remote Aboriginal community context.
  • Providing a high standard of service to Traditional Land Owners and Sublessees in respect of dealings with land tenure in the respective communities.
  • Preparing briefs for Consultative Forum Meetings and for submission to the Director regarding land tenure arrangements.
  • Identifying opportunities for collaboration and influence between land-owners, agencies, and providers that may benefit the community.
  • Ensuring knowledge of and compliance with legislative, financial and administrative frameworks, government decision-making processes and office guidelines and regulations.
  • Undertaking responsibility for quality assurance for the OTL’s land administration functions, policies and procedures, and assessment of applications for land use, including subleases and other documentation.
  • Supervising the development of lower classification levels; building team capacity through coaching and encouraging career development.
  • Conducting community field visits to remote communities, and interstate as required, including overnight stays.

Job Requirements:

Our Ideal Candidates:

Our ideal candidate will have experience in land administration and community engagement and be familiar with issues in these areas. They will have demonstrated their ability to think strategically and to contribute to the development of systems and procedures to create efficiencies. They will have very strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to form clear, logical arguments in writing to support change. They will have experience in working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders and have strong liaison and negotiation skills.

They will be available to travel interstate, and to remote Northern Territory communities, including overnight stays. As driving will be required for this travel, a current class C Driver’s License is essential for the role.

What We Offer:

  • A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration package including generous employer superannuation contributions,
  • 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.


To be eligible for employment with NIAA, applicants must be an Australian Citizen.

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 Monday, 12 April 2021 at 11:30pm AEST.


Administrative-Clerical: Property Management
Business-Strategic Management: General-Other: Business-Strategic Management

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Full time


Darwin, NT, Australia


Assistant Director, Township Leasing Engagement


Executive, Government, Other




$85,320 to $95,880 per year