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Community Engagement Officer(s) - varied NSW locations

Newcastle, Wollongong, Redfern, Taree/Forster  |  Full-time/part-time  |  Permanent/fixed-term contract (12-30 months) 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to build safer and stronger Aboriginal communities by sharing knowledge about legal and justice processes. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

These roles are identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This role would suit someone experienced in community liaison, education or business administration that enjoys interacting with a range of community stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes.

Note: all ALS employees are required to be COVID vaccinated.  A current drivers’ licence is essential, with much of our community work undertaken in regional areas.

About the ALS

Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.


About the role

Our Community Engagement (Field) Officers work with and alongside Aboriginal communities to build leadership, knowledge and empowerment. Community Engagement Officers explore and establish initiatives within their community, provide or coordinate educational briefings and advocate for policy and process change that helps build safer and stronger communities.

Community Engagement Officers work with a multi-disciplinary team of ALS crime Solicitors, Police, courts, Legal Aid, community members and organisations, local services, government, and other stakeholders to engage with and support implementation of community education initiatives.


Your skills and experience

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with community members and staff
  • Demonstrated understanding of the justice system impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the need for community-led justice reinvestment initiatives
  • Experience working with and alongside Aboriginal communities to build leadership, knowledge and empowerment
  • Sound interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with multiple stakeholders to create strong, trusted relationships
  • Sound written communication skills including ability to use Microsoft Office software - Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Highly level organisation and time management skills with ability to manage varied and conflicting demands to agreed standards and timelines
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience designing, planning and implementing community engagement strategies; creative capabilities are beneficial
  • Aboriginality - this is an identified position under Section 14 (d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977


How to apply

  • Review the selection criteria for this position here

  • Please submit your Expression of Interest - resume, cover letter, application form to: [email protected] 

  • If you have any enquiries or would like to discuss the role, please contact Ann Pitkeathly, Recruitment Manager at [email protected] 

We recommend you apply promptly, as we may progress to interviews throughout the vacancy period.

Applications for this position close at COB 30 June 2023.


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