Program Officer – CANBERRA

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    Canberra Canberra Canberra Canberra , Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory Australian Capital Territory , Australia Australia Australia Australia
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    2 months ago
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Indigenous Business Australia

Program Officer – Business Solutions

Affirmative Measures
(To apply for this role you must identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander)

Canberra | Full Time | Non-Ongoing (3 Year Term)


About the organisation

IBA’s vision is for a nation where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are economically independent and an integral part of the economy. We recognise and respect that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities are resilient, intelligent and forward thinking. Throughout history, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have navigated country, culture and new systems to improve the well-being of their families and communities. The world will continue to change and although IBA is not able to tackle all challenges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people face, we contribute meaningfully to increasing economic participation and development.

IBA serves, partners and invests with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to own their future. We provide financial products and services, and we invest in people, places and ideas. We’re deeply invested in the financial success and economic independence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It’s why we exist. (source: IBA Corporate Plan 2019-2020)

Through the Business Development and Assistance Program, IBA helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to start, acquire and grow commercially viable businesses by providing pre and post business guidance, business finance, business development and business support at all stages of the business life cycle.


About the role

The Program Officer reports to the Director Business Solutions and provides high level administrative support to that role in particular, including: researching and preparing correspondence, development of both internal and external communications, controlling of cost centres and budget management and reporting, document control, and the provision of well considered advice.

This role will appeal to people whose relationship management capabilities are complemented by their excellent administrative skills. This is not an Executive Assistant role, rather a position requiring high order judgement, very good written and verbal communication skills, strength and confidence with negotiating and representing IBA to internal and external stakeholders. Strong community connections in the Indigenous sector is also a must-have attribute.

As an ‘up-and-comer’ in IBA’s Business Solutions team this role is responsible for providing all components of corporate support to the area’s executive.

This role will require strong communication within IBA and into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and businesses. The role will require an administrator that can demonstrate:

 A strong connection to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community

  • An ability to partner and work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Capability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders, including Ministers, community leaders and executive in internal and external areas
  • Success with project delivery
  • A strong corporate track record.


About you

You will identify as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and be accepted as such by the community in which you live or have lived.

You will be able to show you can work effectively with a range of stakeholders to support the vision and values of IBA. To do this, you will have the following capabilities:

  • Strong leadership potential
  • High level administrative skills (corporate capabilities)
  • Innovation and looking at different, more effective ways of doing things
  • Excellent communication skills and a good sense of when/what to escalate
  • Customer focus, displaying skills with working with people and their communities.

To be successful in this role you will be a good communicator with lots of energy and a passion  contributing to better outcomes and opportunities for the Indigenous sector. 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.


The Selection Criteria

Using the information provided about the role, your application should include a short ‘pitch’ covering a statement of claims – this is to be no longer than 2 pages. The statement of claims should draw out why you are interested in the role, what you can offer the agency, your skill set, relevant career history and achievements, and your leadership attributes.


What we can offer you

  •  Competitive salary range: IBA level 5 – $88,092 – $97,668
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • An inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated
  • Ongoing professional development


How to Apply

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

  • Current CV.
  • Cover letter outlining why you have applied for the position.
  • Your claims against the Selection Criteria – up to 2 pages.

Applications which do not clearly address the Selection Criteria will not be accepted.

Applications are to be emailed to with the heading “IBA – Program Officer, Business Solutions”in the subject line.

Applications must be received by 5pm Monday 13 January 2020

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.