Manager – Community Engagement, Community Truth-telling Pathways

This identified position leads community engagement within the Community Truth-telling Program by overseeing a clear community engagement strategy across the program.  

  • Location: Sydney preferred
  • $110,000 – $120,000 (including 17.5% leave loading) + superannuation
  • Applications close Wednesday 24 July

Our organisation

Reconciliation Australia (RA) is an independent, national, not-for-profit organisation promoting and facilitating reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our vision is for a just, equitable and reconciled Australia.

Reconciliation Australia is developing Community Truth-telling Pathways (CTTP) that will advance a movement of truth-telling across Australia that is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led, place-based and strengths-focused. It will provide a foundation of employing truth to advance justice and social and emotional wellbeing and ensure that the wrongs of the past are never repeated.

The CTTP aims to provide an understanding of the importance of learning about the shared histories and support the development of a nationwide culture of truth-telling by strengthening relationships between all Australians and supporting the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The role

This role leads community engagement within the CTTP by implementing and overseeing a community engagement strategy across the program. Reporting to the Senior Manager, CTTP, this individual will manage the activities and professional development of Senior Officers and collaborate closely with the Manager – Research and Development, CTTP and the Reconciliation Australia community.

About you 

Essential

  1. Identify and be recognised in the community as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.
  2. Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  3. Deep understanding of healing and trauma-informed practice in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context.
  4. Understanding of and ability to work in a culturally safe way with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
  5. Experience mapping stakeholder networks and developing and maintaining strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations, various levels of government and NGOs.
  6. Extensive experience designing and delivering effective community engagement and grants administration strategies.
  7. Strong management and organisational skills in complex programs, large budgets, implementation of an effective program cycle and/or events management.
  8. Experience in designing and running community workshops, learning/yarning circles, and high-level meeting facilitation and conflict management skills.
  9. Experience in leading, managing and developing high performing teams and ability to collaborate with cross-function teams.
  10. Ability to take initiative, solve complex problems and prioritise work to defined timeframes.
  11. Exceptional written and oral communication skills including ability to communicate clearly and concisely to a range of audiences.
  12. Commitment and willingness to learn about and contribute to reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.
  13. Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience.

 

Desirable

  1. Experience in developing cultural practice and healing frameworks in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context.

 

Applicants for this position should have valid working rights for Australia.

How to apply

Email [email protected] your:

  1. CV
  2. Covering Letter addressing:
  3. Completed RA Cover Sheet.
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Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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