Aboriginal Partnerships Officer

Location: Melbourne
  • Industry: Community Services & Development
  • Work Type: Permanent
  • Salary: 0
  • Posted: 26 Jun 2024
Aboriginal Partnerships Officer - Greensborough
Band 5
Ongoing full time (job share/part-time opportunities considered)
Community Services - Community Partnerships/Social Planning and Equity
Reporting to:  Co-Ordinator Social Planning & Equity

Position Purpose
The Aboriginal Partnerships Officer is responsible for contributing to the development and endorsement of our organisations Reconciliation Action Plan, in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and the wider community.
Position Objectives
The position will be supported by the Coordinator Social Planning and Equity and a consultant from Mob Jobs PTY LTD who will be based at the organisation for 4 hours per week.

The position is responsible for supporting the development, implementation and reporting on the Reconciliation Action Plan actions. Objectives of the position are to: 
  • Lead the development of Councils Reconciliation Action Plan deliverables.
  • Provide input and advice to Council regarding access, equity and inclusion and health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, their extended families and communities. 
  • Develop and support internal and external reference groups to inform the development and implementation of the Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Deliver stakeholder engagement and liaise with relevant partners to inform the development and implementation of the Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Facilitate the administrative requirements for Reconciliation Australia’s endorsement of the RAP.
  1. Partnerships
  • Develop and maintain relationships and internal and external partners to support the development and implementation of the Reconciliation Action Plan.  
  • Provide administrative support to the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group.
  1. Policy and planning
  • Contribute to the development, review, implementation, monitoring and outcomes of the Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Collect and analyse relevant data to inform development, monitoring and implementation of the RAP.
  • Support the development of progress reports, briefings and presentations related to the Reconciliation Action Plan implementation and progress.
  1. Advocacy and engagement
  • Support delivery of advocacy priorities or actions as identified within the RAP.
  • Co-facilitate consultations with internal and external stakeholders and wider community.
  • Liaise with Traditional Owners for cultural advice and preferences regarding the RAP development, implementation and endorsement of the final draft.
  • Support the delivery of cultural awareness training and cultural safety training to staff.
Key Result Areas
  1. Strategy and policy development
  • Support the development of briefings and presentations related to the Reconciliation Action Plan implementation and progress.
  1. Continuous improvement
  • Promote and encourage flexibility and collaboration with stakeholders.
  1. Customer service and relationships
  • Ensure that customer service excellence is reflected in day to day operations by providing responsive, timely and high quality follow-up to enquiries, service requests and complaints from all customers.
  • Establish relationships that support a collaborative working environment.
  • Build relationships at all levels throughout the organisation.
  • Contribute to a positive workplace by communicating with and respecting colleagues and participating in team meetings, workshops and events.
  1. People, culture, safety, health and wellbeing
  • Demonstrate organisational values and actions that align with the organisation’s expectations and vision.
  • Ensure compliance with Council policies, procedures and legislative requirements in the areas of human resources, occupational health and safety, equal opportunity, anti-discrimination and other industrial instruments.
  • Create, maintain and foster a safe work environment at all times and perform all duties in a manner that ensures personal health and safety, and that of others in the workplace and the general public.
  • Respond in the event of a disaster as per assigned key duties and responsibilities documented in Council’s Emergency Management arrangements and Business Continuity Plan.
  1. Financial administration
  • Provide effective financial administration and compliance to Council’s Procurement Policy and Procedural Guidelines, undertaking preparation, management and reporting of any allocated budget and maximising the financial benefit of all allocations.
  • Legal Compliance
  • Maintains an awareness of and adheres to relevant Acts, Regulations, Council policies and procedures relevant to the duties undertaken, including:
  • Equal Employment Opportunity, supporting equity and fairness
  • Occupational Health and Safety, supporting a safe workplace
  • Risk Management, reducing the opportunity for fraud
  • Emergency Management, Business Continuity to support ongoing service delivery
  • Privacy, Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest maintaining the integrity of our organisation
Job Characteristics
  • Accountability and extent of authority
  • Provides accurate and timely advice.
  • May represent our organisation at meetings relevant to the RAP.
  1. Judgement and decision making
  • Uses previous experience to resolve issues and problems.
  • Operate with supervision to deliver work plan items.   
  • Make decisions and solve problems or seek guidance and advice if needed.
  1. Qualifications
  • Qualifications in community development, social sciences or a related discipline are desirable.
  1. Experience
  • Experience in developing and implementing Reconciliation related projects or activities.
  • Understanding of partnerships and engagement.
  • Current drivers licence. 
  1. Specialist Skills and Knowledge
  • Understanding of opportunities and issues facing First Nations communities. 
  • Commitment to Access, Equity and Inclusion principles. 
  1. Management Skills
  • Ability to achieve goals and objectives within required timeframes and with resources available. 
  • Project and resource management skills. 
  • Computer skills including the Microsoft Office suite and related software programs. 
  1. Interpersonal Skills
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Facilitation and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with internal and external stakeholders.
Physical Requirements
  • Driving a vehicle to other locations, as required
  • Standing and bending
Upper Limb / Body
  • Lifting and lowering materials, e.g. getting materials from shelves, putting material in and out of a vehicle
  • Interacting with internal and external customers
Key Selection Criteria
  • Qualifications in community development, social sciences or a related discipline and/or relevant experience.
  • Skills in developing and delivering projects or activities that support Reconciliation.
  • Experience working with Traditional Owners and/or First Nations communities.
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience facilitating stakeholder engagement and reference groups.
Other relevant information
  • This position requires a pre-employment police check. This check will be organised by our organisation as part of the recruitment process. Permission will be sought prior to this check being undertaken.
  • This position requires a Working with Children Check. The successful applicant must provide a copy of their WWC Check Card to our organisation prior to commencement for placement on their Personnel File, and notify the Department of Justice within 21 days of commencement of employment.
  • This position requires a pre-existing injury and medical declaration form. This form will be provided to you for completion by our organisation as part of the recruitment process.
  • The incumbent will be required to work on weekends and evenings dependant on the requirements of programs, projects and community engagement.
  • This position requires evidence of qualification documentation.
  Recruitment information
Our Organisation is committed to equal employment opportunity and encourages applications from people with disability. Applicants will be considered based on merit as per relevant skills, qualifications, and experience. We are committed to providing a safe working environment that embraces and values child safety, diversity and inclusion.

This is an identified role only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. 
It is advertised under the special/ equal opportunity measure section 8 (1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and s12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) and s 8(4) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic). 

Applicants must have, and provide proof of, the legal right to work in Australia.



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