First listed on: 10 September 2018

Executive Manager Office of Indigenous Engagement 

  • Are you passionate about impacting the cultural, social, economic & political dynamics of Indigenous Australia?
  • Would you like to lead the development & implementation of a CSIRO Reconciliation Action Plan strategy?
  • Lead our Office of Indigenous Engagement in this critical leadership role

The Position

CSIRO believes that Indigenous Australians have extraordinary contributions to make to Australia across cultural, economic and scientific domains. Furthermore, CSIRO recognises the social and economic disadvantage experienced by Indigenous Australians and is committed to overcoming the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.  CSIRO initiated its Indigenous Engagement Strategy in July 2007. The Strategy aims to achieve greater Indigenous participation in CSIRO's research and development agenda and activities.

CSIRO established an Office of Indigenous Engagement (OIE) in 2008, charged with implementing a whole-of-organisation approach to CSIRO’s engagement with Indigenous Australia around the pillars of its Indigenous Engagement Strategy: scientific opportunities, employment, education outreach and cultural learning and development.

An exciting opportunity now exists within the OIE for a collaborative, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial leader to work with CSIRO to implement the next phase of our Indigenous Engagement strategy.  This role is a critical leadership role in the organisation being the key contact point for Indigenous engagement across the enterprise. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the cultural, social, economic and political dynamics of Indigenous Australia as well as experience working in large, complex organisations. A background or interest in science would be highly advantageous but by no means necessary.

Your duties will include:

  • Leading the development and implementation of a CSIRO Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) strategy to successfully manage all aspects of internal and external stakeholder engagement and communications including government, media, industry, community and staff as it pertains to the CSIRO RAP.
  • In collaboration with business partners and support areas, leading the delivery of the CSIRO RAP activities and impact including the development of work plans and reporting to track progress.
  • Providing strategic advice (proactive and reactive) and coaching to the CSIRO executive and senior leadership on Indigenous staff issues and advocating for change to relevant CSIRO workplace practices through the preparation of  Executive Team and CSIRO Board papers, issues management discussions and active representation of the OIE as part of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Implementation Team.  
  • Representing the CSIRO OIE on the Indigenous Strategic Advisory Council (ISAC) and Indigenous Engagement Implementation Committee (IEIC) and co-ordinating secretariat support for both committees through the OIE.
  • Delivering brand strategy for the OIE including brand identity, and managing use of the brand for its programs and services including collaboration with research and commercial partners.

Location:  Brisbane preferred, other locations considered
Salary:  AU$134K to AU$148K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3 year term
Job reference: 58313

This is an identified position and candidates must have a knowledge of the culture and issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as the following requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience of high level, internal and external stakeholder engagement in the delivery of RAP specific or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement projects.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, evidenced by superior reporting, presentation and negotiation abilities, and the capacity to identify and influence critical stakeholders to gain support for contentious proposals/ideas.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience with, the cultural, social, economic and political dynamics of Indigenous Australia and, the capacity to effectively articulate and integrate these themes for positive impact in the design of successful high level organisational projects.
  • Experience leading successful reconciliation oriented projects within large organisations.
  • Experience in the execution of change and engagement strategies or plans for successful implementation of Reconciliation Action Plans in large and complex organisations.

Before you apply, please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position Details

About Us

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate. At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.  Find out more Balance

How to apply:    Please upload one document only containing your CV/Resume and cover letter ensuring you provide enough information relevant to the selection criteria for this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability. If your application proceeds to the next stage you may be asked to provide additional information.

Applications close:  10.59pm AEST, 1 October 2018.

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