ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Senior Gulanga Program Officer - ACTCOSS

Organisation: 
ACT Council of Social Service Inc. (ACTCOSS)
  • Hours: 60 hours per fortnight, with the option to negotiate flexible arrangements
  • Salary: The position is classified under the SCHADS award as level 6, pay-point 1, with access to annual increments. ACTCOSS pays above agreement wages at this level according to the ACT Community Sector Multiple Enterprise Agreement, and the fulltime wage is currently $93,820 plus 10% superannuation.
  • Term: Ongoing
  • This is a designated position in accordance with s.42, Discrimination Act 1991 and is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Organisational Context

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) advocates for social justice in the ACT and represents not-for-profit community organisations. ACTCOSS works to ensure that government policy improves the lives of people who face disadvantage and that community service organisations are adequately resourced and supported. ACTCOSS is a member of the nationwide COSS network, made up of each state and territory COSS and our national body, the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).

ACTCOSS’s Gulanga Program is designed to support ACT community sector organisations to develop and improve upon good, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander culture appropriate practice standards to improve services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The program employs Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander workers and aims to provide better engagement with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and their families to access the services that will best meet their needs.

Benefits of the Position

This position is ideal for a person who is seeking an opportunity to work in an interesting and varied role, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer.

The role of the Senior Program Officer will suit someone with experience in building the capacity of organisations to provide culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and with a strong interest in social justice.

The position gives the successful candidate a broad and engaging workload, with an opportunity to work with a team of around 12 individuals.

ACTCOSS interacts with diverse communities, allowing you to meet and connect with people from different backgrounds and circumstances.

ACTCOSS makes every effort to provide a flexible work environment, allowing substantial employee control of their working hours, among other benefits.

Role

The Senior Program Officer will lead the Gulanga Program in the development and implementation of a program of resources, trainings, one-on-one consultations and networks to support and promote good practice standards for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander culture appropriate community services.

The role will require development and maintenance of external relationships with ACTCOSS members; the ACT Government services and staff; Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community members; Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations; and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples employed in the community sector.

The role will work closely and collaboratively with the Senior Capability Officer to ensure alignment of activities to build capability of ACTCOSS member organisations.

The Senior Program Officer reports directly to the CEO and has one direct report.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Program Officer will:

  • Design and implement a program of information, support and advice for community organisations aimed at the achievement of better outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres strait Islander people working in the community or who use the services of community organisations
  • Provide support, advice and training to individual community organisations to assist them to appropriately respond to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, including delivering cultural awareness training
  • Design and implement a program of peer support and mentoring for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples employed in the community sector
  • Engage with ACT Government agencies through forums and networks, to shape service provision so that better outcomes are achieved for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Prepare and manage the Gulanga Program budget, fulfil reporting requirements, and identify and secure new funding opportunities
  • Support and oversee the activities and performance of the Gulanga Program Support Officer
  • Contribute to organisational development and improvement through collective planning and review processes
  • From time to time provide advice to the CEO on policy matters pertaining to the achievement of better outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in the ACT
  • Other duties as requested by the CEO
  • Ensure compliance with work health and safety requirements and any other regulatory matters.

Selection Criteria

Applicants should submit their CV and a brief letter responding to the essential criteria set out in this section. If you have additional skills or qualifications listed as “highly regarded”, please respond to these as well.

Essential

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience and skills in one or more of the following: program design and management, service provision, community engagement, learning and development, or community development, with a focus on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop partnership and stakeholder relationships relevant to the community sector
  • Ability to work co-operatively with a diverse range of people
  • Ability to generate new ideas, solve problems and work autonomously on an agreed agenda within agreed timelines and budget
  • Ability to work in a changing work environment while maintaining focus and attention to detail.

Highly regarded

  • Experience in a membership based or community organisation
  • Experience in research and policy development
  • Awareness of the contemporary social policy environment, community sector and the role of peak bodies
  • Understanding of Equal Employment Opportunity and Work Health and Safety Principles
  • A driver’s license and access to vehicle for work related travel within the ACT.

Applying

Applying

Email your CV and brief cover letter addressing the selection criteria to [email protected](link sends e-mail) with 'Senior Gulanga Program Officer' in the subject line by 30 July 2021, 5pm.

Contact

For more information, please email Dr Emma Campbell, CEO at [email protected] using the subject line 'Senior Gulanga Program Officer enquiry' or call 02 6202 7200.

This is a designated position in accordance with s.42, Discrimination Act 1991 and is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Applications close: 
Friday 30 July 2021 - 5:00pm
Contact: 

Dr Emma Campbell, CEO at [email protected] using the subject line 'Senior Gulanga Program Officer enquiry' or call 02 6202 7200.

First posted: 
Wednesday 7 July 2021