Senior Policy Officer & Mediator - RSA Implementation - Bendigo
Our Recognition and Settlement Agreement (RSA) team is searching for an awesome mediator with a strong background in policy creation to join our Recognition and Settlement Agreement team.
- $75K-80K per annum (depending on experience) + 10% Superannuation
- Full-time (38 hours per week), 2 years Fixed Term Contract
- Not-For-Profit Salary Packaging Option available
DJAARA is looking for a Senior Policy Officer & Mediator who will work with and support a critical area of the business. The successful person will report to the Program Manager.
OVERVIEW OF THE CORPORATION
Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DDWCAC) actively works to progress the aspirations of the Dja Dja Wurrung (DDW) community. It is incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) and is regulated by the Office of the Regulator of Indigenous Corporations. Established in 2004, the principal objectives of the Corporation are to:
- Promote the health and wellbeing of the DDW People; and
- Protect and promote the laws, culture, property rights and human rights of the DDW People.
DDWCAC is a Registered Aboriginal Party with the responsibility to protect, manage and preserve DDW cultural heritage, including tasks associated with Cultural Heritage Management Plans and ceremonies such as Welcome to Country and Smoking.
In 2013, the DDW People achieved a Recognition and Settlement Agreement (RSA) with the State of Victoria, which formally recognises the DDW people as the traditional owners of part of Central Victoria. The DDW people nominated the DDWCAC as the ‘traditional owner group entity’ for the purpose of the settlement, meaning it holds and manages the settlement on behalf of the DDW people. This agreement gives Dja Dja Wurrung people distinct rights over Crown land in Dja Dja Wurrung country.
The successful applicant will work with relevant agencies to ensure these rights are understood and implemented across the country.
To know more about DJAARA, visit our website: https://djadjawurrung.com.au/
- Contribute to and oversee the implementation of RSA based activity and projects including internal processes and legislative and policy reform work under the supervision of the RSA Program Manager.
- Manage individual negotiations under the Dja Dja Wurrung Land Use Activity Agreement.
- Review government notifications about proposed land use activities and assess whether activities have been categorised correctly under the Dja Dja Wurrung Land Use Activity Agreement
- Brief the Executive Team Manager, General Manager, CEO and Board as necessary.
- Consult the ETM and RSA Program Manager on strategic and program direction
- Liaise with stakeholders including but not limited to Government, industry and traditional owners
- Maintain excellent communication and working relationships with DDWCAC staff, including Djaara, Djandak and their respective boards.
PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES REQUIRED:
- Unwavering commitment to progress the aspirations of the Dja Dja Wurrung clans
- High ethical standards, personal integrity and a high degree of self-motivation and to work with minimal supervision.
- Proven ability to create and maintain an expectation of trust, respect and confidentiality and the ability to display and enact sound judgment regarding highly sensitive and/or critical issues.
- A commitment to safe work practices.
- Capacity to lead and willingness to accept direction and to work as part of a team in a multi-skilled, multi-cultural working environment.
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA:
- Experience in policy development and project delivery
- Experience in mediation, negotiations or dispute resolution
- Demonstrated time management and organisation skills
- Demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy
- Proven experience in strategic planning and risk management
- Understanding of Djaara aspirations and circumstances.
- A sound understanding of relevant policy, legislative and funding frameworks, including Natural Resource Management, Cultural Heritage, Native Title and the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010.
- Qualification and experience in law, strategic planning and project management would be highly regarded.
- A current driver’s licence and willingness to undertake travel within the region.
- A high level of computer literacy, including proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite.
TO WORK WITH THE DJA DJA WURRUNG GROUP, APPLICANTS MUST HAVE:
- An understanding of the importance of Country to Traditional Owners and the recognition of Dja Dja Wurrung as the traditional owners of central Victoria.
- An ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
- A commitment to and understanding of Dja Dja Wurrung culture.
- A commitment to Aboriginal self-determination.
For more information outlining the purpose and accountabilities of the role, please contact Davina Wijesinghe, Program Manager -Lawyer-RSA Implementation via email at [email protected].