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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Position Level: 
APS Level 5
$68,948 to $73,591
Canberra ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
24 February 2020
To event remaining 4 days

The Unit’s Research Coordinator supervises the workflow of a small team undertaking Indigenous family history research and training, including for Link-Up services. The Research Coordinator develops a deep understanding of the AIATSIS Collections, relevant records held by other organisations and advises on and undertakes complex research tasks and non-accredited family history training. This position also provides input into the indexing activities for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index. This position reports to Manager – Family History Unit.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work and communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; work in genuine partnership to achieve shared outcomes as well as having a strong network of relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In particular, as the Unit works with Stolen Generations and the organisations that support them, such as Link Ups, you will have a demonstrated understanding of the impact of colonisation and forced removals on Indigenous social and emotional well-being.

Key duties 

  • Coordinating the workflow of Family History Unit requests including monitoring, managing and reporting on help desk performance.
  • Supervising and supporting the research of Indigenous Family History officers who are responding to Indigenous Family History Research requests.
  • Maintaining positive relationships with Link-Up caseworkers and funded researchers while coordinating Link-Up and funded research requests.
  • Undertaking complex Indigenous family history research requests, and develop a deep understanding of the AIATSIS Collections, and knowledge of other relevant collections, particularly in relation to the research.
  • Undertake and coordinate project work including including procuring, developing and updating family history research support materials; and service evaluation.
  • As a member of the Family History Unit, contribute to the achievement of AIATSIS goals and objectives and to monitoring and reporting on the Unit’s work program.
  • Represent AIATSIS at a range of external forums as well as through tours and presentations.


Formal research literacy / Information literacy qualifications will be highly regarded.

Candidates should hold a current Working with Vulnerable People clearance (WWVP), or have the ability to obtain one.

Experience in training and facilitation and a current Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or equivalent experience are highly desirable and advantageous.


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: 
Sherilyn Dean
(02) 6129 3912
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