Lead Treaty Advocate

Lead Treaty Advocate

The Assembly

The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (the Assembly) is the voice of Aboriginal people in Victoria in the next stage of the Treaty process. It is made up of Victorian Traditional Owners, elected by Aboriginal Communities, for Aboriginal Communities, to advance our rights, interests and benefits.

Our mandate is to work with the State to establish Treaty processes that recognise our sovereignty as the First Peoples of Victoria, support self-determination, and realise our human rights, to make Victoria stronger for everyone. Walk with us and make history!

The Role

This role is responsible for representing and collaborating across the Assembly and its Traditional Owners and all Victorian Aboriginal Communities to collate their collective needs and reflect and represent their interests with respect to the fair negotiation of Treaty.

Reporting to the CEO, and supported by, a highly skilled, multi-disciplinary team with expertise in the areas of legal, negotiation, policy analysis, research, community engagement and communications you are responsible for developing and managing the work program for the Assembly negotiation team, tracking achievements, targets and milestones, appropriate resources in line with work priorities and budget and providing accurate reporting on the Treaty process.

You will support the preparation of the Negotiation Team so that they can adequately represent the Assembly in discussions with the State and ensure that the Assembly acts fairly and in good faith as a Treaty partner. In addition, you will develop and maintain collaborative working relationships across the Aboriginal Community and other external stakeholders to broker optimal, mutually beneficial, good faith solutions to challenges as they arise in negotiations with the State.

An exciting and challenging role, you are well versed in Victorian policy and legislation related to Treaties, Traditional Owner rights, and the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector to ensure you are working towards the advancement of the rights of Aboriginal people in Victoria.

Your previous experience and skill set includes:

  • Experience in leading the development of complex and innovative negotiations strategy and policy, including in a cross-cultural context
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Victorian Aboriginal Affairs, Landscape, Communities, and Organisations
  • Experience in senior stakeholder management and solid relationship management skills.
  • In depth understanding of Victorian Government legal and policy requirements and decision-making processes
  • Exceptional oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • At least 10 years’ experience in the provision of strategic policy advice and guidance or project management
  • A collaborative and respectful approach
  • Strong influencing skills
  • The ability to synthesise complex information and communicate it simply and effectively
  • Relevant degree qualified or equivalent experience

Join an environment where you will be immersed in Aboriginal culture and get to work with Communities across Victoria.

Apply now by submitting your CV and a cover letter outlining your qualifications and suitability to people@firstpeoplesvic.org . Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.

Applications close 24 April 2020

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