Director Engagement, Support and Communications (SES1)

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Position Details

This is a designated position under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.  Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply for this position.

Yoorrook Justice Commission is the first formal truth-telling process into injustices experienced by First Peoples in Victoria. Yoorrook has been established as an independent Royal Commission under the Inquiries Act 2014. See here the Letters Patent that set out Yoorrook’s mandate.

The Director is responsible for developing and implementing innovative and effective trauma-informed engagement with Aboriginal communities across Victoria and the broader Victorian community to support Yoorrook’s objectives. The Director’s work includes leading teams to:

  • Establish and drive impactful communication and education strategies to support truth telling.
  • Work closely with First Peoples to promote engagement with Yoorrook including through submissions, roundtables and hearings.
  • Work closely with the Commissioners, the CEO and Senior Executives to ensure community voice is at the heart of Yoorrook’s work.
  • Ensure high-quality, accessible and timely content is available to First Peoples and the broader Victorian community about Yoorrook’s work and how to participate in it
  • Ensure that Yoorrook provides safe, supportive, and culturally appropriate ways for First Peoples to engage with Yoorrook.

This is a fixed-term role until 31 December 2024 with the possibility of extension.

About You

To succeed in this role, you will be someone who thinks creatively and drives innovative ways of engaging First Peoples and the broader Victorian community. You will be committed to the process and outcomes of truth-telling and ensuring trauma-informed and culturally appropriate approaches. You will be a strong leader who thrives working in a dynamic and fast-paced team environment and who has a deep understanding of the history and culture of First Peoples in Victoria.

How to apply

Applications close on 14 August 2023 and should include:

  • A resume; and
  • A cover letter which addresses the key selection criteria as found in the position description (within two pages).

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact Hugh de Kretser, CEO on 0403 965 340 or [email protected]

Other relevant information

Yoorrook’s Letters Patent requires it to prioritise the employment of First Peoples. First Peoples are strongly encouraged to apply for all roles at Yoorrook.

Yoorrook actively promotes diversity, inclusion and an equal opportunity workplace. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people who identify as LGBTIQA+ and people with disability.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss flexible arrangements during the recruitment process. The nature and scope of flexible options at Yoorrook varies depending on the position.

Preferred candidates may be required to complete a Pre-employment Declaration and Consent Form. Employment of successful candidates may be subject to a National Police Check.

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

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Hugh de Kretser, CEO on 0403 965 340 or [email protected]

Closing date

August 14, 2023 11:59 pm

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