Manager – Indigenous Governance Program

We’re seeking a highly experienced manager to engage, build and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

  • Annual salary: $110,000 – $120,000 plus superannuation (dependent on experience)
  • Location: Sydney or Canberra
  • Fixed-term contract to 30 June 2025 with possibility of extension depending on funding.

About us

Reconciliation Australia 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.  

We recognise and value the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ unique cultures, knowledges and experiences and extend an open invitation for you to reach out, apply or contact us. We know that skills and experience can be built in many ways, including through unpaid and volunteer work, or work to support your community. 

About our Indigenous Governance Program (IGP)

The Indigenous Governance Program supports governance, leadership and self-determination in First Nations-led organisations and communities. With an online network, awards program and partnership opportunities, the Indigenous Governance Program shares stories of success and excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.  

This exciting position manages the end-to-end Indigenous Governance Program (IGP) including the Indigenous Governance Awards (IGA’s), Indigenous Governance Network, Corporation Partnerships Program, as well as supporting the development and delivery of Indigenous Governance resources and events.

The opportunity

In this management role, you will lead a small team to successfully deliver all elements of the program through efficient monitoring, building, and managing relationships, strategic planning and event management. This includes leading the Spotlighting Self-determination (Awards) Program, Collaborations for Change (Partnership) Program, and Amplifying Voice Program. 

You will

  • Provide high level advice, develop briefings and other documents, and support the development of strategic and operational plans, and other internal program delivery processes.
  • Engage and manage in a culturally respectful way, relationships with high-profile Indigenous leaders and stakeholders, the funding body, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations.
  • Work collaboratively with other areas of Reconciliation Australia, to effectively manage and deliver the Indigenous Governance Program including: 
  • development and implementation of a communications strategy.
  • collaborate with the Finance Manager to oversee budget and administration, and travel arrangements.
  • identify, document, monitor and manage risks.
  • Implement an effective program cycle for the Indigenous Governance Program which includes a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework aligned to the requirements under the funding agreement and Reconciliation Australia policy.

Why work at Reconciliation Australia?

  • In addition to four weeks of annual leave, we also provide additional paid leave over the end of year shut down period.
  • Other leave entitlements include Cultural Leave, Parental Leave and the ability to generate ‘RA leave’ (starting with an extra paid day after completion of 12 months).
  • Annual all staff Away Days to connect as an organisation, plan strategically and participate in First Nations cultural awareness, appreciation and learning experiences.
  • Learning and Development opportunities, including opportunities for higher duties to build your capabilities.
  • Flexible working arrangements, including the ability to work from home for part of the week.

About you

  • You are highly experienced and skilled at developing and maintaining productive, culturally respectful working relationships with a range of stakeholders. In particular with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations, as well as government, corporate and the not-for-profit sectors.
  • You bring a strong track record of successfully managing complex programs with diverse stakeholders. You are skilled at developing and implementing an effective program cycle.
  • You are an experienced people leader, with demonstrated success in leading, developing and coaching a team to achieve outcomes and maintain wellbeing. 
  • Your strong management and organisational skills will include great project and/or events management capabilities, and sound financial management skills.
  • You communicate with influence, adjusting key messaging, framing and approach to meet the needs of stakeholders and audiences. Your clarity and brevity, as needed, ensure efficient and effective two-way communication.  

How to apply

Download the Manager – Indigenous Governance Program Position Description.

Please apply by submitting your resume and Cover Sheet to [email protected]  

If you have any questions, please contact: [email protected]

We are committed to improving employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and welcome applications from all Australians, especially those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent as your cultural and lived experience is central to the work we do.

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

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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