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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Position Level: 
Executive Level 2
$110,067 - $122,993
Acton - ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
24 January 2020
To event remaining 5 days


We are seeking a high performing and talented Director of Research – Indigenous Country and Governance. As part of the AIATSIS leadership group you will work collaboratively across AIATSIS to strategically shape the organisation’s culture and future direction.

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.

You will lead the renowned Native Title Research Unit and have responsibility for AIATSIS research and policy work in areas of native title and traditional ownership, land and water and caring for country, Indigenous governance and representation, treaty and agreement making and recognition of Indigenous peoples’ rights in Australian law and society.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Research and Education, Unit Directors contribute to problem solving across AIATSIS and are responsible for leading a targeted program of research. You will need to exercise a high level of planning and management, stakeholder engagement and research capability.

As the Director, you will have an opportunity to make an independent and original contribution to research.

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. 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:
    a. An informed, authentic and respectful interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and societies, including policy matters related to the role;
    b. Capability to incorporate Indigenous voices, experience and perspective in all of our work;
    c. The ability to engage and develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, create a culturally inclusive workplace and to coach cultural competency in others; an
  2. Demonstrated leadership in research and program management; including designing programs of work, working collaboratively across programs, managing project teams and resources, and seeing projects through to completion.
  3. Ability to lead and inspire a team through excellent people management, commitment to organisational culture and resilience and capability to manage change.
  4. Demonstrated excellent written and analytical skills including in a policy environment, capacity to communicate ideas with influence and adapt to audiences.
  5. Strong networks with Indigenous researchers, organisations and stakeholders relevant to the role and an ability to bring them to bear to support the work of AIATSIS, including experience developing strategic partnerships and attracting high levels of funding.

Preferably, the candidate will have specialist knowledge and/or experience in native title or areas related to the role and be able to make an original contribution to research that has a significant impact in their field of expertise, which includes a record of published work.


Indigenous jobseekers are encouraged to apply for this vacancy. If the job is 'Identified', then part or all of the duties impact on Indigenous Australian people and/or involve interaction with 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 Islander people.

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