Indigenous Business and Employment Hub Director – Yarpa Hub Director

  • Location:
    City of Liverpool City of Liverpool City of Liverpool City of Liverpool , New South Wales New South Wales New South Wales New South Wales , Australia Australia Australia Australia
  • Salary:
  • Posted:
    3 months ago
  • Category:
    Finance And Business
  • Deadline:

Director Indigenous Business and Employment Hub
“Yarpa” Hub Director

NSW Aboriginal Land Council

Full Time | Liverpool NSW| Newly created role


Lead the first Indigenous Business and Employment Hub to be implemented under the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Business Sector Strategy.


About the Organisation

As the State’s peak representative body in Aboriginal Affairs, the NSWALC aims to protect the interests and further the aspirations of its members and the broader Aboriginal community.

The NSWALC is committed to ensuring a better future for Aboriginal people by working for the return of culturally significant and economically viable land, pursuing cultural, social and economic independence for its people and being politically pro-active and voicing the position of Aboriginal people on issues that affect them.

About the role

NSWALC and the Commonwealth Government have partnered to design and deliver the NSW Indigenous Business and Employment Hub (The Yarpa Hub). This is the first Indigenous Business and Employment Hub to be implemented under the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Business Sector Strategy (IBSS).

The Yarpa Hub provides a one-stop-shop for Aboriginal people in NSW to access business and employment advice and connect with existing mainstream and Indigenous specific business and employment support services. Employers wishing to employ Indigenous Australians or engage Indigenous businesses in their supply chain will also be assisted to access the most appropriate service or advice.

The Yarpa Hub Director plays a pivotal role in the development, delivery and evaluation of the Yarpa Hub’s strategy to build service capacity, engagement of industry leaders, employment providers and the Indigenous community to achieve strategic outcomes.

The Director is the public face of the Yarpa Hub, as well as hold responsibility of guiding activity and reporting results to internal and external stakeholders, including the Commonwealth and NSW State Governments, NSWALC Council and senior leadership. The Director is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the Yarpa Hub and will be required to engage in extensive stakeholder engagement and facilitate partnerships with service providers to build the Yarpa Hub’s service capacity.

The Director manages the staff within the Yarpa Hub, together with the allocated operating budget and will provide regular comprehensive financial and operational reports to the NSWALC Executive Director, Network Delivery. They are also responsible for ensuring that all Hub staff have in place and adhere to appropriate policies for the efficient management of their activities, the probity of all financial and contractual transactions, and the most efficient application of funds allocated to the Yarpa Hub.

They are required to develop and maintain sound and effective relationships with Local Aboriginal Land Councils across NSW and the broader Aboriginal community.

About you

Success in the role will be achieved by demonstrating the following technical skills, knowledge and behaviors:


  • A strong understanding of the business and employment sectors, particularly as they relate to Aboriginal
  • Knowledge and understanding of the cultural practices, values and issues that affect Aboriginal people in today’s society.
  • Extensive experience in stakeholder and community engagement, as well as exceptional relationship management skills including the ability to facilitate and negotiate at the highest level of Government, Private and Community sectors.
  • Proven leadership skills and the ability to manage staff and foster collaborative approaches within a multi -faceted team across a broad portfolio.
  • High level management experience within a program delivery environment including an ability to exercise a high degree of judgement and
  • Demonstrated experience in the interpretation and implementation of policy preferably relating to Aboriginal people.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Well-developed financial management skills.

This role will attract thought leaders who can see the opportunity in shaping and building a new service delivery capability supporting the vision of the NSWALC. Strong communication capabilities will be a core strength, as will a track record of service design, implementation and community connection with Aboriginal people. You’ll have the right mix of leadership, judgement, passion and business acumen.

You must be able to engage and develop meaningful relationships with stakeholders including Indigenous community, industry leaders, Government and employment providers in order to facilitate opportunities for the Indigenous business community.  You will also need to be able to monitor and respond to sectoral and Industry trends and lead the hub accordingly.

Your understanding of State and national policy frameworks, government process and good governance has been gained through working in leadership positions in the Australia community.

What we can offer you

  • A key leadership role leveraging your stakeholder engagement capabilities
  • The chance to shape and form a role supported by a generous operating budget and a team of some 14 people
  • Professional development

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.
  • Detailed response to the selection criteria.

Key Accountabilities

Key accountabilities required to achieve the primary objective of the position:


Key Accountability Activities
Leadership • Lead the formulation of strategies and identifying the Yarpa Hub’s service responses to meet the needs of clients including Indigenous business, industry leaders and Indigenous job seekers.

• Lead community and industry engagement activities to drive desired outcomes which improve the situation for members of the Indigenous community of NSW.

•  Manage all Hub staff, including those employed directly to the Yarpa Hub or contract staff, and oversight of those staff present or operating through the Yarpa Hub via service providers.

Operations Management • Formulate and monitor the Yarpa Hub annual budget in consultation with the Executive Director, Network Delivery.

• Provide monthly reports to the Executive Director, Network Delivery in respect of any budget over-expenditure with reasons and proposed corrective actions.

• Ensure that correct and appropriate administrative and financial records are maintained in accordance with Commonwealth Government Financial Agreement and Project Schedule, the NSWALC Policies and Procedures Manual, The Act (ALRA) and audit requirements.

• Ensuring all contractual issues are appropriately documented, satisfy all requirements for probity and transparency and are periodically reviewed.

• Ensuring maintenance of professional and honest relationships between the Yarpa Hub and service providers.

• Facilitating and overseeing the establishment of Hub premises in Liverpool.

• Analysing risk and formulating effective Risk Management strategies which best serve the interests of the Yarpa Hub.


Applications are to be emailed to with the heading Yarpa Hub Director Application ” in the subject line.

Applications must be received by 5pm Monday 9 December 2019

Unfortunately, late submissions will not be accepted.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria will not be accepted.


How to get more information

For further information on the position, please contact Lucy at Pipeline Talent via phone or email. 02 8001 6603.