Community Engagement Officer -Redfern

Community Engagement Officer

Full-time, temporary role (12-months) - Redfern

NSW CAPO and Closing the Gap

The NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Peak Organisations (NSW CAPO) is a coalition of peak Aboriginal community-controlled organisations in NSW. NSW CAPO provides a strong, coordinated, and united voice to address Aboriginal rights, which include, but are not limited to, health, education, housing, employment, legal equality, culture and heritage, child and family supports, disability, social justice, LGBTQI+, economic development and promoting respect for human rights. NSW CAPO, through the National Coalition of Aboriginal Peaks, has signed the National Agreement on Closing the Gap ( and is working in partnership with the NSW Government to develop a NSW Jurisdictional Plan.

As a part of the partnership arrangements between NSW CAPO and the NSW Government, the NSW Government has provided grant funding to NSW CAPO organisations to support Closing the Gap work, including employment of Closing the Gap staff.

About The ALS

The ALS aims to provide culturally appropriate information and referral, legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children in NSW and ACT.

The ALS is committed to achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal community. The ALS remains committed to being community focussed; being fearless in our advocacy; accountable and ethical and aiming to make a difference to create better futures; while also acknowledging and respecting Aboriginal traditional values and cultural practices.

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT Limited (ALS) is a public company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. 

About the role

This role is for a motivated person with great communication and attention to detail that wants to be part of a once in a decade opportunity to develop and implement strategies to engage with Aboriginal people, organisations and key stakeholders across NSW and ultimately achieve better outcomes for Aboriginal people in line with the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

The primary responsibility of the Community Engagement Officer is to support, design, and facilitate community engagement activities and develop materials relating to Closing the Gap in NSW.

  • Facilitate the development of high-quality communication materials for Aboriginal organisations and communities to support understanding of Closing the Gap and NSW CAPO
  • Develop and implement a communications plan that builds public understanding and support for the work of the NSW CAPO relating to Closing the Gap
  • Advising the CEO and NSW CAPO team on community engagement activities relating to Closing the Gap
  • Maintaining a comprehensive understanding of best practice Aboriginal community engagement
  • Coordinating with Community Engagement Officers based in other CAPO organisations to ensure consistency in approaches to community engagement, while also supporting specific community engagement activities appropriate to CAPO organisations
  • Preparing materials, organising, and managing community engagement activities relating to Closing the Gap
  • Representing the CEO and NSW CAPO team in meetings with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

Your Skills and Experience

To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and accepted as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person in the community in which he or she lives
    • This is an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Identified position which is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.
  • Demonstrated commitment and capacity to promote the rights interests and aspirations of Aboriginal people
  • Demonstrated experience in community engagement in an Aboriginal community context
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills with the ability to build effective relationships with Aboriginal peoples and communities and to collaborate to achieve their objectives
  • Effective project management skills with well-developed time management skills to plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrable personal drive, integrity and capacity to work in a team
  • Understanding and commitment to the effective implementation of Workplace Health & Safety and Equal Employment Opportunity practices.
  • A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan and interstate locations for work purposes 

How to apply

To download an Application package for this role please click here 

Please submit your application to Human Resources at [email protected].

Only candidates with completed application packages will be considered.

Applications for this position close at 5 pm on Monday 24th May 2021.

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