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Group Manager, Central, SES Band 2


Job Description:

The NIAA is looking for established and inspiring senior leaders with very well-developed stakeholder engagement skills to join our leadership team as a Group manager (SES Band 2).

You will drive delivery on a range of government commitments and priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through high quality leadership and influence over a range of priority government agendas.

As Group Manager, you will be responsible for contributing to the broader leadership and functions of the Agency. You will be actively involved in executive decision-making and representational activities, and will work collaboratively to provide strategic leadership while facilitating a cohesive and high performing organisation.
You will drive the purpose of the NIAA by working in genuine partnership to enable the self-determination and aspirations of First Nations communities. You will lead and influence change across government to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a say in the decisions that affect them.

As a Group Manager you will report to a Deputy CEO and will have oversight of approximately four branches and their teams, with staff located across a range of locations.

Our Group Manager roles include policy development, delivery, grants administration, enabling services and regional roles with responsibility for engaging with multiple jurisdictions, stakeholders and First Nations partners.

We have an immediate opportunity to take up the role of Group Manager, Central Group (based in Darwin). Central Group leads the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Affairs agenda across the Northern Territory (NT). The Group delivers outcomes by working in partnerships with NT Government, Indigenous communities, peak bodies and community controlled organisations, supporting the design and delivery of policy and programs that reflect community priorities and brokering local solutions.
The Central Group has an extensive footprint across the NT and is currently made up of three Regions and one Branch. These include:
  • Central Australia region.
  • Top End & Tiwi Islands region.
  • Arnhem Land & Groote Eylandt region.
  • NT Strategy and Policy branch.
This recruitment process may form a merit pool for similar SES Band 2 vacancies that may arise over the next 18 months in this location.

We have an ambitious reform agenda ahead of us, so if you are someone that wants to leave your mark on the public service and be able to contribute to outcomes that have lasting impacts for the Australian people, the NIAA is the place for you.
Our Ideal Candidate

You will be a driven, dynamic and energetic leader with exceptional influencing and negotiation skills, and an established work record at senior levels on complex issues. As the role involves high-level senior stakeholder management, our ideal candidate will have demonstrated skills in communicating with technical and general audiences, be adept at engaging with senior public and private sector stakeholders, and be able to build and sustain relationships in a complex environment showing high levels of cross-cultural competency.

You will need the ability to think strategically, have strong business acumen, be resilient, and forward-looking with strong personal drive and integrity. You will have demonstrated exemplary judgement and have a demonstrated record in managing operational and enterprise risk.

You will have the capability to lead a widely distributed team within a fast paced, challenging and evolving environment to deliver on a reform agenda that requires an understanding of the opportunities and challenges affecting First Nations Peoples. You will have a high level ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

You will have demonstrated commitment to and practice of values based leadership that inspires, empowers, and drives positive change. You will have experience in leading teams in developing innovative strategies and approaches, with strong negotiation skills and the ability to influence organisational outcomes.

To be successful, you will need to be self-aware and foster respect and inclusion in the workplace. You will also promote by personal example and other appropriate means the APS Values and code of conduct, as well as the NIAA values and behaviours.

The Secretaries’ Charter of Leadership Behaviours sets out the behaviours expected from SES across the APS and apply to senior leadership at the NIAA. The behaviours build on the Integrated Leadership System and APS Leadership Capability Framework. As part of your application you should consider how you can live up to these behaviours in relevance to the role: 
  • Be Dynamic
  • Be Respectful
  • Have Integrity
  • Value others
  • Empower people


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Darwin, NT, Australia


Group Manager, Central, SES Band 2






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