Executive Director, Aboriginal Affairs Senior Executive – Band 2

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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Executive Director, Aboriginal Affairs

Senior Executive – Band 2

Affirmative Measures Role

Ongoing Appointment | Sydney Based | Attractive Salary Packaging Options


About the organization

The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) is the lead central agency in the NSW Government.

We support the Premier and the Special Minister of State, the Cabinet, Ministers and agencies by coordinating policies and services across government. We lead policy development, provide innovative ideas and support Government plans and projects.

Working with us will give you a broad overview in areas such as public policy formulation, public administration and state administrative matters and an opportunity to be involved in a range of state-wide policies, issues and projects.

For more information go to http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/about/about_the_department

This is an identified Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander position under section 14 of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977. Please be aware you may be asked to provide confirmation of Indigenous Australian Identity.



About the role

The Executive Director, Aboriginal Affairs is accountable for the direction, principal policy development, total operations and performance of the organisation. The role sets the organisation’s goals and objectives and ensures the organisation fulfills its statutory obligations and achieves its purpose.

The Executive Director is the chief advisor to Government on Aboriginal affairs, providing expert and strategic advice to the Minister, Secretary and Deputy Secretary about barriers to, and opportunities for, achieving social justice for Aboriginal people and communities in NSW.

The core areas of accountability and capability for this role include:

  • Managing a complex and diverse policy area, including often complex and controversial matters relating to disadvantage in Aboriginal communities. This will include developing, leading and overcoming resistance to new approaches to government decision-making that promote power-sharing, self-determination and mutual accountability between Government and Aboriginal communities
  • Balancing the need to remain across the full spectrum of Aboriginal affairs policy matters with crafting a clear reform agenda for Aboriginal people in NSW that is evidenced based, responds to the aspirations of Aboriginal people, and avoids duplication with existing human service and justice Clusters
  • Remaining abreast of current and emerging issues and trends, including domestic and international best practice, innovative approaches, reforms and opportunities required to address complex cross-cluster issues
  • Negotiating commitments, resources, cooperation and often unprecedented response plans with other agencies, relevant non-government organisations and Aboriginal community leaders.

The Executive Director:

  • is accountable for the operations and planning to achieve overall agreed work program commitments
  • has a large degree of independence to determine day to day work priorities, allocate duties, negotiate matters related to area of responsibility, and make decisions in relation to the quality of work performed and how to achieve business outcomes
  • is fully accountable for the content, accuracy, validity and integrity of advice provided
  • makes decisions and acts within Government sector core values, strategic plans and priorities, legislative and regulatory frameworks, delegations, and Department policy and procedural frameworks and guidelines
  • is accountable and responsible for the effective management and use of human, financial and other resources within set budget and resource parameters




About you

You will be an experienced and highly credentialed Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander leader with experience across a broad range policy and delivery outcomes in a Government setting. To be successful in this high-profile role you will be:

  • A dynamic, motivated and experienced leader ready to join the executive team of NSW Government’s central agency
  • Able to show experience working in a high profile role which is fast paced and challenging
  • Confident to lead areas of policy reform
  • Adept with working collaboratively across Government (or similarly complex organisations) while bringing the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to the table
  • Experienced with navigating through complex policy and can distil key messages to stakeholders and teams
  • Known for your strategic capabilities and commitment to fostering diversity, cohesiveness and innovation
  • Have a strong track record of government policy delivery
  • Excellent influencing and priority setting skills.


Essential Requirements

  • Aboriginality is an essential requirement and typically all or the majority of the work will involve the development and/or delivery of policy, programs and services which impact on Aboriginal people and/or involve liaising directly with Aboriginal people and communities


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and/or extensive relevant experience.




Highly Desirable Requirements

Below is the full list of capabilities and the level required for this role. The capabilities in bold are the focus capabilities for this role.

NSW Public Sector Capability Framework
Capability Group Capability Name Level
Personal Attributes Display Resilience and Courage Highly Advanced
Act with Integrity Advanced
Manage Self Advanced
Value Diversity Advanced
Relationships Communicate Effectively Highly Advanced
Commit to Customer Service Advanced
Work Collaboratively Highly Advanced
Influence and Negotiate Highly Advanced
Results Deliver Results Advanced
Plan and Prioritise Advanced
Think and Solve Problems Highly Advanced
Demonstrate Accountability Advanced
Business Enablers Finance Advanced
Technology Adept
Procurement and Contract Management Adept
Project Management Advanced
People Management Manage and Develop People Highly Advanced
Inspire Direction and Purpose Advanced
Optimise Business Outcomes Advanced
Manage Reform and Change Advanced


What we can offer you

  • An on-going Executive appointment
  • Executive remuneration package in the range of $300,000 (inclusive of Super) p.a
  • Sydney based



How to apply

Applications should be submitted to jobs@pipelinetalent.com.au with the subject line “NSW P&C Executive Director”.


Your application should include:

  • a cover letter [maximum four pages] responding to both the essential requirements and the focus capabilities as highlighted above
  • an up-to-date resume of no more than five pages which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role

Applications must be received by 5pm Monday 2 March 2020

Late submissions will not be accepted.


How to get more information

Additional information is available in the role description or by contacting the team at Pipeline Talent.

Rachelle Towart | CEO, Pipeline Talent
Email: rachelle@pipelinetalent.com.au
Ph: 0431 772 377

Lucy Staniland | Operations Manager, Pipeline Talent
Email: lucy@pipelinetalent.com.au
Ph: 0467 819 805