Director, Aboriginal Inclusion Support

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Director, Aboriginal Inclusion Support

Victorian Government – Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

  • Fixed Term – 5 Years
  • EO3
  • Melbourne CBD Location


About the organization

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) creates livable, inclusive and sustainable communities that support jobs and growth in Victoria. DELWP has distinct legislative obligations to Traditional Land Owner groups that are paramount in its responsibilities in managing Victoria’s resources, and works with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities across the State to care for country. IN 2016 DELWP launched its Aboriginal Inclusion Plan, Munganin-Gadhaba, with the role of Director, Aboriginal Inclusion Support Branch created to support the successful implementation of this support plan.

About the role

Reporting directly to the Deputy Secretary Forest, Fire and Regions, the Director, Aboriginal Inclusion Support Branch will provide leadership and strategic direction to executives and senior managers across DELWP. Collaborating with all department portfolios, the appointee will identify strategies and programs to effectively build relationships and partner with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians, and foster Aboriginal inclusion to improve Aboriginal employment, cultural wellbeing and economic prosperity. In this dynamic and high-profile role, the Director will build, lead and mentor a new team of six with responsibility for program delivery support, monitoring, policy development, research and analytics.

About you

To be successful in this role you will be articulate and energetic, an enabler and a natural mentor with exceptional relationship development skills and a focus on outcomes and opportunities. You will bring with you a wealth of knowledge and understating of Aboriginal cultures , and a proven ability to engage with Traditional Owners and build Aboriginal community capacity with a community development approach. Your understanding of State and national policy framework has been gained through working in a leadership position in government. You relish the opportunity to make a difference across DELWP and Victoria’s Aboriginal Communities, environments, landscapes and heritage.

What we can offer you

  • Competitive salary.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Up to 5 year fixed term contract
  • An inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.
  • Ongoing professional development.

Key Selection Criteria


Specialist/Technical Expertise

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and society and ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people.
  • Experience in drawing upon research and evidence about what it takes to effectively engage Aboriginal people and build Aboriginal community capacity with a community development approach.

Knowledge and Skills


  • The successful candidate will have experience in leading the engagement of a high performing, capable and customer focus workforce and culture; Lead, manage and motivate staff to deliver major outcomes and outputs; Success in communicating a vision that generates enthusiasm, commitment, recognizes and regards behaviors that align with the vision; Demonstrated ability to identify potential issues and setback and guide teams to optimise outcomes; and model the behavior expected of others.


Collaboration and Influence

  • The successful candidate will be motivated by the opportunity to collaborate with those around them. He or she will have a track record of developing a shared vision and delivering shared outcomes in complex multi-stakeholder environment.

Strategic Thinking

  • The successful candidate will make a material contribution to the departments strategy. He or she will collaborate with their peers across the department and work together to translate vision and strategy into actionable goals and deliverable outcomes. The successful candidate will have a track record of opening up new ways of seeing strategic issues and of identifying opportunities to reform.

Service Excellence

  • The successful candidate will demonstrate experience in encouraging new and different approaches to solutions that will deliver benefits beyond client or stakeholder expectations and create a climate of service excellence aligned to Ministerial government priorities.

Project Management

  • The successful candidate will use their understanding of political sensitivities to actively champion projects. Her or she will provide guidance and support to identify risks and overcome obstacles; quickly sum up complex options and recommend a clear way forward; monitor overall project performance against project plans and influence key stakeholders to support the projects.

Planning and Organising

  • Experience in establishing systems and procedures to guide work and track progress, identifying processes tasks and resources required to achieve a goal; and recognize actual and potential barriers and finds effective ways to resolve; role model the principals of good public governance and strong fiscal management.


How to apply

All applications must be made in writing and include the following:

  • Up to date CV.
  • Cover letter outlining why you have applied for the position.
  • Your response to the selection criteria.

Please ensure these are sent though in WORD format.

Applications are to be emailed to with the heading “Director, Aboriginal Inclusion Support” in the subject line.

Applications must be received by 9am Monday 22 July 2019.

Unfortunately, late submissions will not be accepted.

How to get more information

For further information on the position, please contact Pipeline Talent via phone or email for a confidential discussion 02 8001 6603.