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Manager, Executive Level 2, Indigenous Engagement Team

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Employment type: Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Canberra, Adelaide
Categories: Executive Level 2

About the team

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce is looking for a highly motivated Manager with strong communication, leadership, and stakeholder engagement skills to lead its engagement with Aboriginal communities surrounding potential Facility sites.

The role is high profile and will involve working with Aboriginal community members at three sites in South Australia, service providers, the Minister and his office. You and your team will contribute to establishing a Facility that supports nuclear research activities and production of nuclear medicine.

You will operate in a complex environment and successfully achieve results where stakeholder views are strongly held and at times conflicting. Your work will uphold the integrity of decisions that will be closely scrutinised and make a difference to the lives of local community members and Australians more broadly.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people, and in particular those living in South Australia
  • the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal people     
  • experience working with Aboriginal communities across remote Australia
  • strong leadership capabilities and be able to manage staff across multiple locations and work with a range of other stakeholders and service providers
  • well-developed communication and engagement skills, with the ability to influence decisions.
  • experience managing and delivering complex and cross-cutting issues
  • the ability to work fluidly in a dynamic and creative environment
  • resilience and be able to manage competing priorities, and time-critical processes
  • ability to undertake a high travel load between Canberra and communities.

What you will do

Your key duties will be to lead a small team to:

  • engage directly with relevant Aboriginal communities, to inform them about the Facility, understand their views and seek solutions that maximise the outcomes for all communities involved in the site selection process.
  • develop and deliver an Indigenous heritage management and engagement plan.
  • contribute to an over-arching stakeholder engagement strategy.
  • inform policy advice on the management of radioactive waste.
  • provide briefing on a range of issues, in support of quality engagements by Ministers and Senior Executives.
  • manage a geographically diverse team of APS staff, contractors and consultants.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

The position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This role is an Identified role, Indigenous jobseekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. A job that is 'Identified', means that part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian people and/or involve interaction with Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives.

This role is being used to fill an non-ongoing Executive Level 2 position for 12 months with the possibility of extension (maximum 3 years).  A merit pool may be established to fill future non-ongoing Executive Level 2 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

This role can be based in Canberra or locally in South Australia.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to the role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) achievements within the last 5 years in a work environment that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact or 02 6102 8320.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability.  If you require some assistance with your application please contact the Recruitment Team at or (02) 6276 1235 or refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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