Strategic Negotiations Manager

Posted: 31 August 2023

Applications close: September 24, 2023

Salary range: From $186,591 - $193,687 plus salary packaging and superannuation, based on experience and expertise.

Employment type: Full-time / Part-time

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Job Type: Full-time / Part-time (0.8 -1.0 FTE)

Location: Collingwood

Salary range: $186,591 – $193,687 plus salary packaging and superannuation, based on experience and expertise.

Lead a dynamic team! Be involved in Treaty negotiations in Victoria. Provide strategic guidance to Assembly Members. Shape historic agreements. Join us in shaping the future!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.

Join our team to lead and manage the Negotiations Team, playing a pivotal role in providing strategic advice and support to Assembly Members. Your expertise will be vital as you guide the team in preparing for negotiating Treaties in Victoria. Shape history with us and be a key player in shaping the future!


The Assembly’s objective is to promote the self-determination and empowerment of Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians through the Treaty process.

This role is responsible for leading and managing the Negotiations Team to provide strategic advice and support to Assembly Members to prepare for and negotiate Treaty in Victoria.


  • Reporting to the Head of Policy and Negotiations, support the Assembly Co-Chairs, Council and Members to advance the Treaty process.
  • Support the integration of policy and research into the Assembly’s negotiation strategy, supported by a highly skilled, multi-disciplinary team with expertise in the areas of legal, negotiation, policy analysis and research.
  • Establish and maintain trusted working relationships with Assembly Members, the Executive Leadership Team and staff.
  • Collaborate across the Assembly’s operations team to provide strategic advice in relation to Treaty making and support Treaty negotiations. 
  • Oversee and manage the day-to-day work of the Negotiations Team.
  • Oversee the implementation of the Assembly’s strategic engagement strategy to strengthen collaborative partnerships and ensure that the voices and expertise of key Aboriginal community groups inform the Treaty process. 
  • Provide strategic advice and support coordination and information sharing across the Assembly’s structures and processes, including the work of Assembly Council, committees and representative forums. 
  • Oversee the preparation of briefs and papers to support the Assembly’s Treaty-making activity.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Demonstrated skill and capacity to work effectively and with integrity in the context of a Victorian Traditional Owner Representative Body. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal Communities and organisations within Victoria (highly regarded). 
  • Experienced relationship manager who has worked with multiple stakeholders and First Peoples’ community representatives to achieve strategic objectives. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with senior stakeholders in a complex and fast-moving environment. 
  • Experience or understanding of political systems and processes. 
  • Demonstrated analytical and conceptual skills, including the ability to recognise emerging issues of importance. 
  • Strong organisational and project management skills with an ability to work to timelines and be outcome focused whilst managing multiple tasks. 
  • Excellent strategic mindset, problem solving capabilities and able to think holistically without losing attention to detail. 
  • Proven track record in building teams and maintaining effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders for the effective delivery of quality objectives.
  • Experience in a complex, for-purpose organisation led by values and the commitment to social change.
  • Experience in providing strategic, authoritative advice in a complex and fast-moving operating environment. 
  • Experience in strategic planning, project management and coordination. 
  • Relevant tertiary qualification (Bachelor degree or higher) in law, public policy, communications or management

Salary of $186,591 – $193,687 per annum (full-time equivalent) plus salary packaging, and superannuation, based on experience and expertise.

Please see the attached job profile for more information.

If you are ready to take on a challenging role and make a significant impact, please submit your resume, cover letter, and any other supporting documents to

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.