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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Position Level: 
Executive Level 2
$112,268 to $125,453
Acton, ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
28 January 2021
To event remaining 10 days

We are seeking a high performing and talented Director to lead our Ethics and Research Leadership team. You will be responsible for leading a small team to provide ethics services, develop programs and conduct research that underpins our Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and you will be responsible for building our relationships with the research and academic community. 

As part of the AIATSIS leadership group you will work collaboratively across AIATSIS to strategically shape the organisation’s culture and future direction. Reporting to the Executive Director of Research and Education, Directors contribute to problem solving across AIATSIS and are require a high level of planning and management and stakeholder engagement. 

You will be part of the management team of the Research and Education Group, which provides leadership in research and ethical engagement and informs Indigenous and government decision-making and nation building. As part of a dynamic Indigenous research management team, you will develop and lead new projects and initiatives, which will diversify your work over time.  You will also provide intellectual leadership and develop the research capability across the group and contribute excellent research. 

Key duties

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • A high level of demonstrated cultural competency that includes understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business within the agency and an ability make a meaningful contribution to the strategic objectives set by the AIATSIS Council, as well as: 
  • An informed, authentic and respectful interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and societies, including policy matters related to the role,
  • Capability to incorporate Indigenous voices, experience and perspective in all  of our work, and
  • The ability to engage and develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, create a culturally inclusive workplace and to coach cultural competency in others.
  • Demonstrated research leadership, including designing programs of work, working collaboratively across teams and organisations, garnering and managing resources and seeing projects through to completion.  
  • Ability to lead and inspire a team through excellent people management, commitment to organisational culture and resilience and capability to manage change. 
  • A strong understanding of ethical research practice and a demonstrated track record of high quality impactful research and/or policy design, which includes a record of published work or equivalent public sector contribution.
  • Capacity to communicate ideas with influence and adapt to audiences and developing strategic partnerships and managing stakeholders. 


Approval may be granted to maintain the annual salary for an existing Australian Public Service employee transferring to the Institute whose current annual salary exceeds the above salary range.

Indigenous job seekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is 'Identified', then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian communities or their representatives. The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people.

For more information: 
Dr Lisa Strelein
(02) 6246 1155
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