Senior Manager: Community Truth-telling Pathways

This identified position will lead and manage Community Truth-telling Pathways, which includes strategic and operational direction, research and resource development, community engagement, and  grants. 

  • Sydney preferred (other locations negotiable)
  • Annual salary: $120,000 $140,000 per annum (inclusive of 17.5% leave loading) + Superannuation

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.

We are 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 position will lead and manage the Community Truth-telling Pathways, which includes strategic and operational direction, research and resource development, community engagement, and a grants program. The position reports to the General Manager of Policy, Research and Strategic Programs.

About you 


  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 rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  3. Understanding of and ability to work in a culturally responsive way with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
  4. Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations, government, corporate and the not-for-profit sectors.
  5. High level ability to develop and manage complex programs, including strategic direction, implementation of an effective program cycle, risk management processes, managing a large budget, financial acumen and reporting.
  6. Project management and organisational skills including overseeing large events.
  7. Proven experience to design and deliver effective community engagement, research and development, and grants administration strategies.
  8. Extensive experience in leading, managing and developing high performing teams and ability to collaborate with cross-function teams.
  9. Ability to take initiative, respond to complex environments and prioritise work over a range of projects to defined timeframes.
  10. Exceptional written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate clearly and concisely to a range of audiences.
  11. Strong experience in high level meeting facilitation and conflict management skills.
  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.


  1. Experience in and/or an understanding of truth-telling in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander context

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

Salary and other details

The salary range for this role is $125,000 – $140,000 (inclusive of 17.5% leave loading) + superannuation, dependent on experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Email [email protected] your:

  1. CV
  2. Covering letter addressing:
    • the Selection Criteria set out in the Position Description 
    • preferred location (Sydney or Canberra) and
    • Quoting ref: CTTP
  3. Completed RA Cover Sheet

Closing date for applications: Monday 13 November 2023

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
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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