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Program Manager (Aboriginal Children & Family Advocacy Service)

Dubbo or Moree, NSW  |  Full-time  |  Fixed-term (to June 2026)

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to design and implement a new family-oriented program that significantly reduces the number of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care in NSW. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit a professional with project and/or program management experience who has set up client service delivery programs and worked in the legal assistance and/or social support sectors.


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

The purpose of this role is to lead the design, implementation and development of a new family-oriented justice program, the Aboriginal Children & Family Advocacy Service (ACFAS).

The role will work with the new programs Implementation Manager, Principal Solicitors and other managers to develop a detailed implementation plan and service model in line with funding agreements and Closing the Gap frameworks. The role will recruit a new multi-disciplinary team, establish the service and perform ongoing development, monitoring and evaluation.


Your skills and experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and employees
  • Project and/or program management experience, ideally in the set-up of client service delivery programs
  • Previous experience in the legal assistance or social support sectors, ideally in multi-disciplinary environments
  • Knowledge of Closing the Gap policies and the intersecting legal and non-legal needs of Aboriginal children and families who are in contact with the criminal justice system and/or in out of home care
  • Excellent people management skills and the ability to manage a medium-sized team of staff from various professional disciples
  • Highly attuned verbal and written communication skills and the ability to influence and negotiate with relevant stakeholders
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, planning, organisational and time management skills
  • A consultative and collaborative style of working
  • Legal, Social Work or other relevant tertiary qualifications
  • Current unrestricted driver’s licence and ability to travel to regional locations

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply


Applications for this position close on Tuesday 28 February 2023


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