Executive Manager – Research and Advocacy

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Executive Manager – Research and Advocacy


Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI)


Fixed Term 2 Years | Canberra or Brisbane Location



About the organisation

The Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI) is an Indigenous-led national centre specialising in governance, knowledge and excellence. AIGI support the economic, social and cultural aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by connecting them with world-class governance practice, research, thought leadership and educational resources.

AIGI is an independent institute located within the National Centre for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University (ANU). AIGI is governed by a Board of Directors and the role will be required to undertake research and development projects as directed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Research will collaborate with the Australian National University and other stakeholders.


About the role

This position will report to the CEO of AIGI and will have broad ranging executive level accountabilities. Specifically, the role encompasses:

  • Leading AIGI’s research agenda, including management of AIGI contracted research.
  • Supporting AIGI’s collaboration and partnership development with ANU and other tertiary / research institutions.
  • Contribution to AIGI’s advocacy strategy, identifying opportunities for AIGI input and submission including to government and other enquiries.
  • Preparation and develop governance curriculum, online resources & publications from research.
  • Drafting conference proposals and contribute to the production of conference and seminar papers and publications.
  • Serving on internal committees; implement the processes of research, project management, and budget and grant development as required.


About you

This role will attract high level strategic thinkers with strong academic track records and deep connections in the academic and Indigenous sectors. It requires an experienced leader with sound research and relevant professional capabilities.


To be successful in this role you will be academically accomplished, articulate and energetic. You will bring with you a wealth of knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultures, and a proven ability to engage with Traditional Owners and build Aboriginal community capacity. Your understanding of State and national policy frameworks, the academic environment, government process and good governance has been gained through working in a leadership position.


What we can offer you

  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • A two-year fixed term contract.
  • An inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • Choice of Canberra or Brisbane location.


Key Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated ability to work with Indigenous organisations, communities and individuals in culturally appropriate ways. Including an ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Indigenous peoples.
  2. Demonstrated experience in undertaking independent scholarly and grounded research and similar professional activities.
  3. Provide a significant degree of leadership in scholarly, research and/or professional activities to AIGI research staff.
  4. Proven high level organisational and time management skills including the ability to plan, juggle priorities and working to deadlines.
  5. Demonstrated administration skills generally related to research grants and project management.
  6. A demonstrated ability to work under pressure, organise, prioritise workflows, and meet strict deadlines under limited supervision with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  7. Have completed four years of tertiary study or equivalent research qualifications.


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.

Applications are to be emailed to jobs@pipelinetalent.com.au with the heading “AIGI – Executive Manager, Research and Advocacy” in the subject line.


Applications must be received by 9am Wednesday 6 November 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

jobs@pipelinetalent.com.au or 02 8001 6603.