Program Manager, Aboriginal Partnerships (Identified Position)

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Department: Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action
Work Type: Ongoing - flexible
Job Function: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Negotiable
Reference: VG/50941940/
Closing Date: 19-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Descrpition - 50941940 VPSG5 Program Manager, Aboriginal Partnerships.docx (Word, 612KB)

Contact: Melanie Oke
0416 758 170 OR

Position Details

An opportunity for a meaningful contribution to progressing self-determination for Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians.

The Program Manager, Aboriginal Partnerships will lead the coordination and delivery of Pupangarli Marnmarnepu, DEECA's Aboriginal Self-Determination Reform Strategy 2020-2025 in the Grampians region.

Grampians Region leads DEECA's partnerships with Barengi Gadgin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation (BGLC) and Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation (WTOAC). We support DEECA's partnerships with Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation. These partnerships are led by other DEECA regions. We work with Traditional Owners on Country in ways that best suit them, and we are committed to enabling their self-determination.

The successful applicant will have experience in building and maintaining strong networks and relationships and in managing a small team and a proven ability to see the big picture and identify and prioritise actions to maximise impact.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of Aboriginal culture, society and land and resource management issues in Victoria and understanding of networks within Victorian Aboriginal communities and natural resource management agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively with diverse Traditional Owner groups and Aboriginal Victorians and ability to build, maintain and strengthen relationships and partnerships.

This is an ongoing position. The work location for this position is flexible within Ballarat and Horsham with hybrid work arrangements available.

To be considered for this position, applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) summarising their skills and relevant experience.

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Wednesday, 19 June 2024.  

Other relevant information:

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.  

To be eligible for appointment to this role, applicants will possess corresponding work rights for the advertised employment period. Appointment to an ongoing position is only available to an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.  

A Diverse, Inclusive and Flexible Workplace

DEECA welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and we focus on the essential requirements of the job and being consistent and fair in our treatment of all applicants. We also understand that a balanced life is important to our employees. Talk to us about our flexible options such as working some days from home, starting early or late, working part time, job sharing or accessing paid or unpaid leave.

This position is classified as an “identified position” aimed at increasing employment opportunities for Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People. The position requires an in-depth knowledge of Aboriginal culture and an ability to communicate with Aboriginal communities. Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

We recognise the significant responsibility to enable self-determination, be accountable to Traditional Owners and provide opportunities to strengthen First Peoples' connection to Country. We are committed to creating a culturally safe environment, where individuals feel safe, valued, and able to celebrate their culture, and spiritual and belief systems.

For general information about Aboriginal Employment at DEECA, please contact

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