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Project Officer


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 center 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 Center for Indigenous Studies at the Australian National University. AIGI is governed by a Board of Directors and the role will be required to undertake research and development projects as directed by the 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 a supporting role to AIGI’s research and governance activities. Specifically, the role encompasses the following responsibilities:

  • Support and undertake research activities and projects under limited supervision either as a member of a team, or where appropriate, independently.
  • Develop position papers including literature reviews; discussion papers; conference proposals; and contribute to the production of conference and seminar papers.
  • Support AIGI’s advocacy strategy, identifying opportunities for AIGI input and submission including to government and other enquiries.
  • Undertake professional development activities including, attendance at conferences and seminars relevant to the strategic objectives of AIGI;

About you

You will be seen as an ‘up and comer’ in terms of your leadership potential, and your ability to work with limited supervision. You will exude initiative and competence and be able to show your knowledge of research systems and governance. You will be passionate about the work in this sector, bringing to the role a deep understanding of the ATSI culture.

This role will attract highly organised people with a bent to planning, monitoring, reporting and managing priorities, especially in a research and academic setting.

To be successful in this role you will be familiar with the academic culture, 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.


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. Proven High level organisational and time management skills including the ability to plan, juggle priorities and working to deadlines.
  3. An ability to prepare quality documents, including general correspondence, reports, funding submissions and research reports.
  4. Demonstrated administration skills generally related to research grants and project management.
  5. Well developed interpersonal skills, and oral and written communication skills, combined with an ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a diverse range of clients to establish successful working relationships.
  6. A demonstrated ability to work under pressure, organise and prioritise workflows and meet strict deadlines under limited supervision with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

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 with the heading “AIGI – Project Officer” 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 02 8001 6603.