First listed on: 05 October 2020

Program Director - Indigenous Science and Engagement 

  • Critical leadership role within CSIRO
  • Work closely with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to identify key science priorities
  • Implement significant science-based activities of transformational change

CSIRO’s new Indigenous Science and Engagement (ISE) program will focus on equitable partnerships and transformational change through tackling national challenges prioritised by Indigenous Australia.  It will co-develop new science opportunities and undertake cutting edge science by and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The ISE program seeks an inspired and innovative Science and Engagement Program Director to develop and establish the initiative.  The role will build on the work of a scoping project and investment case co-developed with indigenous leaders in 2019.

You are a collaborative leader with excellent science and engagement skills and have an established track record of building ethical and equitable relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.  You are a strong, strategic science leader with versatile communication skills and a good understanding of the key science and partnership challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, organisations and businesses.

Drawing on your considerable experience in transformational change in large and complex organisations, you will develop culturally appropriate strategies for engaging with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities to identify their science priorities.  In this critical leadership role, you will oversee the co-development of research programs with indigenous communities, securing co-investment and evaluating program outcomes and impacts.

More specifically you will:

  • Strategically and operationally establish the ISE program.
  • Oversee the identification and co-development of programs and opportunities that respond to national indigenous science challenges and priorities.
  • Ensure the Indigenous Science Agenda and programs demonstrate cultural integrity.
  • Manage complex interactions and relationships while developing and promoting the benefits of the ISE program.
  • Provide leadership and management of the ISE program including the provision of strategic advice to the CSIRO Executive.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to harness a strong and inspiring indigenous voice for the ISE.
  • Provide high-level strategic and tactical advice and manage organisational compliance with legal and statutory responsibilities.

Location: Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin (or alternative location by negotiation)
Salary: AU$162k - AU$189k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference:  69015

To be considered for interview, you will hold relevant tertiary and /or postgraduate qualifications or have equivalent scientific experience.

You will also have:

  • A respected track record of building ethical and equitable relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders peoples and communities.
  • The ability to translate research evidence into practical outcomes to benefit indigenous communities.
  • To see all the criteria required for success in this highly collaborative role, click on the ‘Position Details’ link below.

Position Details


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a baseline security clearance.

Flexible Working Arrangements

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. Balance

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How to Apply

Lodge a cover letter and your CV (which includes contact details for your cultural and professional referees) online. Please outline your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role in your covering letter; paying attention to the requirements in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Sunday, November 8, 2020

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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