First Nations Community Engagement Officer

Job No: SGS234
Location: Southern Grampians

First Nations Community Engagement Officer

Fixed Term - 6 months 

Part Time - 24 hours per week 

Band 5

Council's First Nations Engagement Officer will work with Council officers and the wider community to develop, deliver, monitor and report on the Reconciliation Action Plan.


The First Nations Community Engagement Officer will draw on, develop and maintain relationships with Southern Grampians Traditional Owner groups to achieve the following goals:

• Improved understanding of Aboriginal cultural heritage and Traditional Owner aspirations within the shire

• Development of effective Traditional Owner engagement and partnership processes, based on a set of agreed principles

• Traditional Owner voices feature in Council planning and on-ground delivery and are supporting Aboriginal self-determination


We want to ensure you succeed in this role. To do so, you will possess:

1. Demonstrated ability to build and strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, communities and organisations.

2. Experience working with organisations to improve their cultural practices, through a range of strategies that promote a culturally safe and inclusive workplace.

3. Qualifications or relevant experience in social policy, community development or related discipline.

4. Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with diverse stakeholders in local communities to implement action plans, review and report, adhering to timelines and budget requirements.

5. Excellent communication and facilitation skills


The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special opportunity measure under section s12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) and s8(4) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)


The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants


Benefits of working at Council:

  • We encourage personal and professional growth
  • We understand the importance of work/life balance
  • We embrace change
  • We are committed to providing a safe work environment
  • We offer flexible work arrangements
  • We offer monthly RDO's

Working at Southern Grampians Shire Council provides great work life balance, competitive remuneration, salary sacrifice, access to health and wellbeing programs, and access to further training and development opportunities. We are a child safe organisation. 

Further information for this role can be obtained by contacting Jane Coshutt, Senior Community Development Coordinator, via phone on 5573 0444.

Full details of this position are in the position description attached here.

How to apply: Follow the application process below.

Applications close 9am Monday 30 January 2023.




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Working for Southern Grampians Shire Council means you'll be joining a dedicated and supportive team who are committed to a culture of strong, positive leadership, respect and integrity. We are looking for skilled, loyal and dedicated people who are committed to progressing new initiatives and are driven to provide the very best service to our community. We offer work-based training opportunities, flexible working conditions and provide a great work/life balance. This is your chance to work in an environment that is diverse, professional and rewarding. Come and join us!