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Senior Community Engagement Officer

Redfern, or other NSW regional office  |  Full-time   |  Fixed-term for 24 months 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to lead ALS engagement with Aboriginal communities and organisations to support implementation of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.

This role is identified for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit an experienced community liaison officer with sound project management and stakeholder engagement skills.



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 Senior Community Engagement Officer will lead Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) engagement with Aboriginal communities and organisations to support implementation of the National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Key responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining and strengthening local partnerships with Aboriginal communities across NSW, to ensure local voices and aspirations guide ALS’s policies, practices and programs
  • Collaborating with NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Peak members on the implementation of Closing the Gap initiatives
  • Engaging with Government stakeholders on the co-design and delivery of Closing the Gap initiatives
  • Supporting the strengthening of Aboriginal cultural capabilities both internally and across the law and justice sector, including by enhancing ALS’s community engagement and field officer staff network and developing initiatives to strengthen the community-controlled sector

Your skills and experience

  • Aboriginality - this is an identified position under Section 14 (d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977
  • Deep 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 clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Demonstrated experience developing, managing and strengthening relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills, including writing for a range of purposes and audiences from community to government
  • Demonstrated organisational skills including prioritising tasks, managing multiple projects efficiently in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment and willingness to work flexible hours
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload, together with strong conceptual, analytical and research skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the effective implementation of Workplace Health & Safety and Ethical and Diversity practices in the workplace
  • A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan, and interstate locations for work purposes

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience developing organisational cultural capability, including ensuring practices, polices and programs are designed and delivered in a culturally appropriate way
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in fields related to community engagement (i.e., community services, youth work, disability support, counselling, legal services etc)
  • Project management experience, including planning, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting skills

How to apply

Applications for this position close extended to Wednesday 30 November.


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