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Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Adviser - The Fred Hollows Foundation - Melbourne / Sydney

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  • Full Time, Permanent
  • Melbourne, Sydney based (Negotiable)
  • This role is open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates only

Do you want to do work that really matters?

Since 1999, The Fred Hollows Foundation has been working to close the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. With a reputation for excellence, we are well known for making change happen. It is not just what we do that is important to us, it is also the way that we do it that matters.

We are determined to deliver Fred Hollows’ vision of preventing blindness and restoring sight. We work around the world so that no one is left behind, and in Australia we work tirelessly to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can always exercise their right to sight and good health. Our priority is to work with communities to improve their own eye health. We do this through life-changing surgeries and treatments, training doctors and health workers, generating new ideas, and pushing for change at all levels – from local to global.

About the Role

The Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Adviser supports the Director of Social Justice and Regional Engagement and the CEO in managing key stakeholder relationships, both internally and externally to The Foundation, and identifies, instigates and supports social justice and regional engagement and health equity initiatives.

The Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Adviser will:

  • Lead the development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and refinement of health equity and social justice advocacy in support of The Foundation’s equity commitment, both internally and externally. This includes:
    • Support for the quest for recognition and reconciliation, including the Uluru Statement from the Heart
    • Support the cause to Close the Gap on health and life expectancy outcomes
    • Ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples can always exercise their right to sight and good health as expressed in our Strategic purpose
  • Develop and implement a plan to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership to achieve The Foundation's role as an ally in progressing health equity and social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  • Build and maintain strategic level partnerships with State/Territory and National and International organisations, including eye health organisations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations, and organisations/networks involved in advancing the rights and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Indigenous and Tribal peoples globally.
  • Actively contribute strategic, political and policy advice in support of achieving social justice and health equity advocacy priorities and activities and ensure alignment with The Foundation’s Strategic Plan.

For more information, please contact Pipeline Talent for a copy of the role description.

About You

The Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Adviser will be an energetic resilient person, with demonstrated ability to communicate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and an understanding of health issues effecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. To be successful in this role you will have the following skills:

  • High-level ability to build and maintain internal and external partnerships and relationships
  • Demonstrated high-level written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, and within a culturally diverse environment
  • Initiative, flexibility and demonstrated drive to achieve results
  • High level experience in areas of research, policy analysis and policy development, including project management skills
  • Capacity to contribute to a strong policy evidence base through critical analysis

Essential Experience

  1. Applicants for this role must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be accepted in the community.
  2. Tertiary level qualifications OR minimum 10 years’ experience in relevant discipline
  3. Significant experience in amplifying the voices and advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
  4. Significant experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and networks.
  5. Significant experience in leading successful advocacy initiatives. Including:

An understanding of the political landscape;

  • An appreciation of how the media works and where there might be a media opportunity;
  • Drafting opinion pieces and media releases; and
  • An ability to draft effective letters to political figures and key leaders.

Desirable Experience

  1. Experience in advancing the rights of Indigenous/First Nations Peoples more broadly (beyond Australia).
  2. Strong experience in international development & NFP sector.

How we recognise your contribution

Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported and empowered. Whether your focus is on continuous learning, professional development or simply finding an environment which enables you to thrive while balancing family or personal commitments, then we have a number of programs in place to support you. These Include:

  • Competitive salary + salary packaging
  • Doing meaningful work that will help shape the lives of those living in communities
  • Flexible work environment – we focus on output not hours
  • Generous Leave allowances, including time of for cultural significant/ceremonial leave
  • Ongoing commitment to your continuous learning and career development.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted to jobs@pipelinetalent.com.au with the subject line “The Fred Hollows Foundation - Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Adviser”.

Your application should include:

  • an up-to-date resume (maximum 4 pages) which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role.
  • a cover letter and details describing your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role paying close attention to the 5 essential experience criteria outlined above.

How to get more information

Additional information is available by contacting the team at Pipeline Talent.

Lesina Gibbs-Manuatu | Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist
Email: lesina@pipelinetalent.com.au I 0408 027 880 I (02) 80016603

The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to Protecting the rights of children in all areas where we work. Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment.

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