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Diversity & Inclusion Adviser - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue’s vision is for all people in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health.

Our mission is to work with the community to improve mental health and prevent suicide.

We aim to achieve this by:

  • Promoting mental health and wellbeing
  • Being a trusted source of information, advice and support
  • Working together to prevent suicide.

​​​​​​Beyond Blues values are Collaboration, Respect, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Innovation and Integrity.

Reporting to the Diversity and Inclusion Lead, the Diversity and Inclusion Adviser will support Beyond Blue’s Diversity and Inclusion portfolio, including:

Providing advice across Beyond Blue as the Adviser engages with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Supporting teams to ensure a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing in all Beyond Blue programs and services

Building knowledge and capacity among Beyond Blue team members to embed inclusive and culturally-appropriate practices across the organisation.

This role sits within Beyond Blue’s Diversity and Inclusion team, focusing on championing the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure Beyond Blue’s programs and services are culturally responsive and inclusive.

An important part of the role is maintaining the profile and culture of inclusion at Beyond Blue, so all staff value and act to ensure our initiatives work for all Australians, including those in greatest need of support.

The Diversity and Inclusion team works in a consultative role with other teams, as well as driving our own activities, to generate enthusiasm and commitment to change. This work is supported by maintaining strong relationships with key partners to work in collaboration with Beyond Blue.

Predominantly this role focuses on our work to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, but also works closely and collaboratively with other members of the Diversity & Inclusion team to support a broad inclusion agenda.

The Diversity and Inclusion team’s remit is primarily external facing, whereas the work of the People and Culture team is inward facing. The two teams work collaboratively where relevant.

Key accountabilities

Programs – Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Work with the Diversity and Inclusion Lead to provide leadership, vision and advice across Beyond Blue in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Support the delivery of Beyond Blue’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2020- 22 and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy 2019-2024, both of which guide our efforts to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ social and emotional wellbeing
  • Provide advice and guidance on activities to ensure they are culturally safe, promote diversity, improve inclusion, and support the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Collaborate with other teams to support them to deliver their programs of work in an inclusive and equitable way for communities in Australia
  • Work with the Strategy team to ensure that our approach to diversity and inclusion is adequately reflected in all organisational strategies.

Operational Responsibilities

  • Assist in developing and managing relationships with key stakeholders, particularly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations
  • Prepare Board reports, briefing documents, and progress reports for state, territory and federal governments, as required
  • Participate in the development and delivery of quarterly teamwork plans, ensuring work is delivered to agreed time frames and budgets
  • Participate in relevant working groups and undertake presentations to a range of groups relating to diversity and inclusion, as directed
  • Collaborate with the Business Solutions group to prepare contracts, services agreements, reports and other association documentation, as required
  • Work with the People and Culture team to support learning and training so that Beyond Blue staff have the knowledge, skills and confidence to work with diverse communities in an inclusive way.

Education / Qualifications

  • Tertiary qualification in public health, health promotion, social sciences, research or a related discipline, or equivalent experience.

Knowledge/skills/experience

Essential

  • Experience and/or expertise in diversity and inclusion, particularly working with and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Experience and/or expertise in engaging with people with lived experience and community engagement
  • Ability to think strategically, provide feedback and advice
  • Influencing skills – building the profile and culture of diversity and inclusion across Beyond Blue, and working across the organisation to deliver specific, tangible results
  • Ability to maintain productive working relationships with internal and external sector stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in working effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations and building cultural competency in others.

Desirable

  • Experience and understanding of the mental health sector
  • Practical implementation skills, including budget, program and contract management.

Beyond Blue is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age.

Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply for this position. This action constitutes a special measure under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

The position holder will have access to external mentorship and guidance from a member of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community to provide dedicated support for them in their role.

This is our second Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. Our most recent Report Card for the last year is available online. This outlines our achievements over the past year, and areas we hope to improve on in the coming year.

The Adviser role will play an important part in how Beyond Blue continues its journey with our communities, through our RAP commitments.

Applicants are encouraged to view the Beyond Blue Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-2022.

To apply, please click the 'Apply' button below. Applications should include a current CV with a cover letter. For detailed information about this position including the closing date, please refer to the position description on ourcareers page (Candidates who are viewing from a job-board please click apply and you will be directed to our website). If you would like to discuss the role please call Renee Russo on (03) 8595 4508.

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a National Police Check and where required a Working With Children Check.

NOTE: Short-listing of candidates will commence prior to the closure of this role, so please do not delay submitting your application.

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