Traditional Owner Engagement Manager

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) was established on 1 January 2019 to ensure Victoria's strong economic performance by growing industries and regions. Here at DJPR, we're making sure Victoria's economy benefits all Victorians by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions and nurturing inclusive communities.

Our work supports six ministers, spans 12 portfolios and operates across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We also oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

The Department offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities on request.
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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/026765A
Closing Date: 29-Jan-2020
Salary Range: $120,692 - $161,511
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: 026765 Gr 6 Traditional Owner Engagement Manager PD 131219.docx (Word, 121KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Traci McCormick
03 9651 8079

Position Details


  • $120,692 to $161,511 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term, 12 months
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: CBD (flexibility may be available)

Only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply, as this position is exempt under the Special Measures Provision of S12(1) of the Equal Opportunity Act (VIC).

As Traditional Owner Engagement Manager, you will be responsible for liaison and coordination across the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) with Traditional Owners Groups across the State. The role will ensure there is strong Traditional Owner engagement in our Departmental Aboriginal partnership entity and that Traditional Owner aspirations are reflected in the next iteration of the Victorian Aboriginal Economic Strategy.  The role will be responsible for driving coordination within the Department in relation to the effective implementation of current and future Recognition and Settlement Agreements and willsupport Traditional Owners across the State to harness the State's levers to drive economic development, participation and prosperity for the Victorian Aboriginal community.

The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate –

  • specialist knowledge, understanding of and experience in working with the Victorian Koori community and in particular Victorian Traditional Owner Groups in relation to Recognition and Settlement Agreements and/or working with Traditional Owner groups more broadly;
  • a record of achievements in developing, reviewing, formulating, implementing and coordinating complex and innovative Aboriginal development programs/strategies/policies;
  • highly developed stakeholder relationship skills at senior levels, including community, industry and private sector groups;
  • sound judgement, advanced analytical skills together with high-level negotiation, interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to articulate issues at senior levels in the public and private sectors; and
  • ability to plan, manage and complete work to a high standard with strong attention to detail.

The position of Traditional Owner Engagement Manager is part of the Aboriginal Economic Development Branch in the Inclusion Group.  The Inclusion Group champions the fair distribution of benefits that stem from a strong economy. We do this by using our resources and skills to understand how the economy impacts different socio-economic groups, communities, regions and businesses to maximise the impact of government investment.

For a confidential discussion, please call Traci McCormick, Director, on 03 9651 8079.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department.

For further information on the position, please see the attached position description.  To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now' button below.

Applications close at midnight on 29 January 2020.

Please note:  When submitting your application online, there will be questions pertaining to a number of the position's Key Selection Criteria to which you are required to respond. The generic online form may ask you to provide the responses to all of the KSC. At this step in the on-line process, please only upload your resume and cover letter (there is NO requirement to address all of the KSC) and move on to the last screen where you will be asked to submit responses to the specific questions only". Complete these specific questions to complete your application.

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