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Engagement Team Leaders and Assistant Directors, Arnhem Land and Groote Eylandt Region Branch


Job Description:

The Opportunity:

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work in, tropical remote Arnhem Land, one of the Northern Territory's best-kept secrets?

We are looking for passionate people to join us to engage and collaborate with communities across the Arnhem Land and Groote Eylandt Region in the Northern Territory. We have a range of positions available at the APS4, APS5, APS6 and Executive Level 1 levels.

You will be working in diverse teams and engaging with First Nations communities, leadership and service providers to deliver outcomes in line with community aspirations on behalf of the Australian Government. We offer challenging, interesting and stimulating work, engaging across all levels of government and working directly with the community.

In the region, you will have access to pristine country and ancient culture many Australians will never experience. It is home to the iconic Garma Festival and world-renowned artists and art centres like Buku-Larrnggay Mulka at Yirrkala, Ramingining's Bulla-Bulla Arts and Maningrida Arts and Cultural Centre. The music scene has spawned Yothu Yindi, Dr G Yunupingu, Baker Boy, Emily Warramurra and King Stingray.

The region encompasses spectacular landscapes, islands and waterways and offers exquisite 'off the grid' destinations to explore. The beaches are stunning with magnificent fishing right on your doorstep. Check out this video on YouTube for a snapshot of what this amazing place has to offer https://youtu.be/MIjmqLWvXxg. 

The NIAA offers attractive employment remuneration and conditions, and in addition to the Agency's generous employment conditions, remote-based positions are eligible for the following remote locality conditions:

• Remote Locality Allowance (per annum - $16,731 with dependant(s) or $11,467 without dependents);
• Access to subsidised staff housing;
• Additional Annual Leave of seven (7) days per annum (as a remote locality); and
• Eligible dependant/s (partner/ children) who reside with the employee, access to annual remote locality leave fare/s.

Flexible Working Arrangements will be considered and relocation assistance may also be provided as part of the negotiated employment package.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are seeking results-oriented people who possess strong engagement, communication and administration skills. Our ideal candidates will leverage opportunities to support integrated approaches to service delivery. We're looking for dynamic, flexible and motivated people to join an inclusive, supportive, high-performing team culture.

You will operate in a complex, dynamic environment, and support the Australian Government's commitment to Closing the Gap and supporting First Nations people with a Voice to the Australian Government. You will work in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and key stakeholders to improve social and economic outcomes in communities and across the region.

Specifically, our ideal candidate will be able to:

• Actively build and maintain strong working relationships through collaboration with a variety of stakeholders.
• Have strong communication skills and the ability to work and communicate respectfully and positively with First Nations peoples and communities in collaboration on activities to support both community and government aspirations.
• Provide proactive leadership, mentoring and support to your colleagues and/or staff to achieve outcomes and to deliver the Agency's broader objectives, including the provision of strategic directions for key stakeholders, providers and partners.
• Have well developed organisational skills, including ability to adapt to change and manage competing priorities.
• Facilitate the development and management of policy and program processes, procedures and projects.
• Problem solve and apply critical thinking to analyse information from various sources (including data) to identify gaps and suggest improvements.
Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Role Overview 

Engagement Team Leaders (APS6) 

• oversee and guide the day-to-day operational activities of a team to deliver high quality services and policy implementation. They are responsible for ensuring that performance measures for the team are met. They may undertake management or oversight of small projects for the team or, work with larger projects for the branch.
• the role cultivates a team with a supportive culture. They encourage innovation and an environment where staff are valued and committed to producing quality outcomes. 
• they contribute to business improvement strategies, seeking to identify best practice. They coach and share expertise and technical knowledge with team members, peers and more broadly across the agency. The Engagement Team Leader develops and maintains complex internal and external relationships with key NIAA stakeholders, providing appropriate advice and managing the resolution of issues or complaints.

Engagement Assistant Directors (EL1) 

• are a key leadership position within the Branch Leadership Team. They have delegated authority and responsibility to resolve issues and risks across wide ranging activities. The role has people, program and stakeholder management responsibilities.
• they manage employees and take responsibility for their overall performance. The role nurtures and manages a range of key internal and external stakeholder relationships and networks.
• the Engagement Assistant Director works with a considerable degree of independence, under broad
• direction from the Director. They are responsible for planning and delivering the branch work
• program, reporting on progress against performance and quality indicators. They are responsible for
• ensuring that performance measures for the branch are met. They lead the development of branch strategic plans, business cases and project plans for new initiatives. The role provides expertise across a broad range of activities including customer service delivery, policy development, project management, community engagement and culture.

What We Offer:

• We are an Agency with significant autonomy, national reach, and due to our size can move fast.
• We offer a space where you can bring your ideas and your enthusiasm for helping people.
• We offer an attractive remuneration package, including generous employer superannuation contributions and a flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace for you to develop your expertise and achieve your ambitions.


• To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen. 
• The occupant must be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline Vetting (Protected) level security clearance, or hold a current security clearance of an appropriate level.  
• The successful candidate will be required to be assessed through our pre-employment screening checks, such as an Australian Criminal History Check

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 11:30pm 14 August 2022 AEST.


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Darwin, NT, Australia


Engagement Team Leaders and Assistant Directors, Arnhem Land and Groote Eylandt Region Branch






APS 6 – $86,770 - $97,510 / EL 1 - $111,508 - $127,087 per year