First listed on: 06 November 2021

Director / Assistant Director | Identified Roles

About the Company

The ACT Government Community Services Directorate (CSD) has responsibility for a wide range of human services functions in the ACT, including multicultural affairs, community services, older people, women, public and community housing services and policy, children, youth and family support services and policy, Child and Family Centres, homelessness, community engagement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, and community disaster recovery.

About the Role

The Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs (OATSIA) is responsible for the development and provision of strategic policy, governance, and advice to the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs on matters of importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the ACT. OATSIA provides oversight and coordination of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Agreement 2019-2028 across the ACT Government, and provides strategic advice for the ACT on the national priorities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs.

OATSIA brings together a range of functions that support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community around leadership, lifelong learning, sharing culture and fostering new and emerging community organisations. OATSIA also provides a range of secretariat support to high level strategic governance committees.


Working under broad direction within the context of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Whole of Government Agreement and national priorities in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, the Director/Assistant Director will:

  • Provide high-level strategic advice to the Executive and Ministers on policy and program issues related to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs portfolio.
  • Lead, manage and contribute to strategic policy activities, legislative reform and projects.
  • Support the Executive Branch Manager/Senior Director to lead and manage a section, including developing and implementing a work plan, managing resources, supervising staff and achieving outcomes against business plans. These positions may directly supervise staff.
  • Foster team communications on team priorities and key matters.
  • Manage, coordinate, and undertake the preparation of complex submissions, policy papers, senior executive briefings and high-level correspondence.
  • Represent the Community Services Directorate across government and liaise with government and non-government stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain strong collegiate relationships with colleagues across government and the non-government sector, including through managing secretariat support for key governance committees.

Skills & Experience

  • Extensive/high-level community engagement experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and peoples; and
  • highly developed knowledge and understanding of the diversity of issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in contemporary Australian society.
  • Demonstrated track record of effective and respectful communication skills with proven capability of culturally appropriate negotiation and consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Extensive/strong experience and track record in the development of high-level strategic policy and provision of expert policy advice within specified deadlines

What's on offer

Based in Canberra and with a view to commence in the New Year, the sucessful candidate will be offered a permanent position within the ACT Government at the SOG B/C classification.

How to Apply

Click APPLY or contact Hayley Murdoch or Gemma Topic, Senior Consultant -Talent Acquisition on (02) 6230 7666 or and for a confidential discussion.

Candidates found suitable through to shortlisting stage, will receive an email with the full position description and the selection criteria to address.

Please submit applications in Word format only by 10am, Monday 29th November, 2021.

This is a designated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander position as defined in Section 27 (4) of the Public Service Management Act and is only open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage is considered essential and therefore a Confirmation of Aboriginality will be required.

FIRST PEOPLE Recruitment Solutions is a 100% Indigenous Owned Business providing temporary assignments, fixed term contracts and permanent recruitment solutions to the Australian Government and Corporate Australia.

Our Head Office is based in Canberra with a national reach to all the states and territories, regional and remote areas of Australia.

FIRST PEOPLE Recruitment Solutions encourage applications from Indigenous Australians and Non-Indigenous Australians together with people from culturally diverse backgrounds. 

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