Project Lead, 2021 Census Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Recruitment Strategy
• $99,756 – $115,316 per annum pro rata (plus superannuation and allowances)
• Non-ongoing full-time position, 12 months
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If you’re an engaging, creative, energetic and innovative person who has a passion for working with and giving back to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities please read the below position description and apply.
An exciting vacancy currently exist for a talented Project Lead to develop the 2021 Census Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment strategy.
The position sits within the Census of Population and Housing of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in Canberra, ACT.
This is a non-ongoing position, with full-time hours for an initial period of 12 months commencing November 2019.
This is an Affirmative Measure and Identified position. It is open only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and requires knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures, as well as the ability to communicate sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
To succeed in this role, you will demonstrate the following capabilities:
• cultural competency- this role requires you to have an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and to engage with government agencies and NGO stakeholders
• demonstrated written and oral communication and presentation skills to clearly present research findings, and develop material for managing projects
• demonstrated ability to develop and nurture both internal and external stakeholder relationships to achieve results
• demonstrated ability to apply user centered designed approaches and/or recruitment experience
About the Area
The Census has been described as Australia’s largest peace time logistical exercise. Over five years go into the planning of the Census.
The objectives of the 2021 Census are:
• smooth-running – the Census experience is easy, simple and secure
• strong support – Governments, businesses and the community have confidence in the Census and there is a high level of community participation
• high quality data – Census data is high quality and widely used to inform on areas of importance to Australia.
The 2021 Census program is currently in the operational development and testing phase of the cycle. During 2020 we will focus on operational readiness, followed by operations in 2021.
About the Role
The role of the Project Lead is to develop the 2021 Census Recruitment Strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Census is Australia’s largest peace time logistical exercise. Once every five years the ABS recruits a large temporary Census workforce in cities and towns right around the country. Our Census temporary staff provide a vital personal connection to ensure that everyone can participate in the Census.
The ABS are committed to improving the quality and relevance of Census data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Recruiting the right people for census temporary roles, and making sure that the diversity of the Census workforce reflects the diversity of the Australian population is vital to achieving our Census goals.
The Project Lead in this role will liaise and communicate with a wide range of important internal and external stakeholders on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment and employment initiatives and activities. More specifically this will include:
• Working closely with the Census HR team to coordinate the development of a national ABS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment strategy for 2021 Census
• Working in partnership with the Adecco Group, who have been appointed by the ABS to assist with the recruitment of 2021 Census temporary staff in urban and rural areas of Australia
Liaising with ABS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander working groups to consult on 2021 Census recruitment and employment strategies that cover urban, rural and remote areas of Australia
• Working with the ABS Assistant Director for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and Development Strategies to align 2021 Census initiates with ABS strategic directions, as well as the ABS National Recruitment and ABS Diversity and Inclusion teams
• Working with ABS Engagement Managers to connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their organizations, and the wider community about 2021 Census job opportunities, recruitment processes and post-placement support opportunities
• Collaborating with the 2021 Census Inclusive Strategies team on developing culturally appropriate recruitment approaches to support the achievement of Census goals in remote and urban areas of Australia.
The Project Lead will development the recruitment strategy through stakeholder engagement, strategic planning, and preparation of project documents for our governance committees including the 2021 Census Delivery Committee and the ABS Round Table for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics.
Please refer to the APSC Integrated Leadership System (ILS) for defined descriptors and behaviors for Executive Level 1 classification.
About the Australian Bureau of Statistics
The purpose of the ABS is to inform Australia’s important decisions by partnering and innovating to deliver relevant, trusted, objective data, statistics and insights.
We are currently transforming across six dimensions – environment, strategy, governance, people, culture and infrastructure. This transformation is one of the most significant change processes in our 110 year history. It will allow us to harness new opportunities, meet changing community expectations and ensure we have the ability to continue to provide trusted statistics that inform decision making.
For more information on the ABS, please click here and see our Forward Work Program for further detail.
What we offer
We are passionate about providing a diverse, inclusive and flexible working environment, and are proud winners of the 2018 Federal Government Flexible Working Day Award.
The ABS has offices in 10 locations across Australia, an office in each capital city, as well as Geelong and Dandenong.
Our enterprise agreement and policies include a wide range of initiatives to facilitate improved diversity and to help employees maintain a healthy work-life balance. Our people consistently record high levels of satisfaction with their working conditions, with initiatives including, but not limited to:
• flexible work practices (e.g. working from home, flexible hours, part-time and job share arrangements, purchased annual leave)
• various diversity networks (e.g. Youmpla, Pride, Disability and Carers)
• four weeks annual leave, generous sick and carer’s leave provisions
• access to 16 weeks paid maternity leave
• salary packaging (e.g. car and additional superannuation contributions)
• professional development and access to our study support program
• mobility and secondment opportunities.
If you are someone with disability we strongly encourage you to apply.
We are also committed to improving the gender diversity of our leadership. In support of this commitment, our Australian Statistician, David Kalisch, is a Male Champion of Change on the STEM Group. We have actively driven and maintained our female Senior Executive Service representation at or over 50%.
The ABS is committed to supporting the employment and career development of people with disability. As a member of the Australian Public Service (APS) RecruitAbility scheme, applicants with disability who opt into the scheme and who meet the minimum requirements for the vacancy will be progressed past the application stage.
How do I opt into the RecruitAbility scheme?
You will be asked to indicate if you wish to opt into the RecruitAbility scheme in the Diversity section of the application form. You must tick the ‘opt in’ box to participate in the scheme. Simply declaring that you have a disability will not automatically include you in the scheme.
Details about the RecruitAbility scheme can be found at the Australian Public Service Commission’s website (APSC RecruitAbility Scheme).
We provide reasonable adjustments such as access, equipment or other practical support at relevant stages of the recruitment process. Please ask us if you need any adjustments made.
Affirmative Measure This position is open only to persons whom identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. The filling of the vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.
Identified Position This position requires knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultures, as well as the ability to communicate sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Citizenship To be eligible for engagement to the Australian Public Service (APS), candidates must be Australian Citizens.
Health & Character Checks You will be required to undergo a number of pre-employment checks, which may include a police records check and health clearance.
How to apply
You will be required to address the following Statement of Claims by writing to James Koen, Census HR at (email) firstname.lastname@example.org:
‘Making reference to your understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, describe why you are interested in the role, and how you demonstrate the capabilities outlined above.’
Word Limit: Your Statement of Claims must be no more than 1,000 words.
Key dates and contact information
Key Dates and selection process stages:
Applications Close mid October 2019
Panel Review October 2019
Interviews October 2019
Applicants advised of outcome November 2019
Successful applicant commences Late November/December
For further information about this position, please contact James Koen, Census HR on 02 6252 7953 or email email@example.com