First Nations Director – Executive Level 2 – ongoing
Affirmative measure – Indigenous employment – The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the ‘Racial Discrimination Act 1975’. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (Harbour Trust) is an Australian Government agency, and is responsible for the vision, planning and management of nine iconic and nationally significant Sydney Harbour sites including Cockatoo Island, Woolwich Dock and Parklands, Sub Base Platypus in Neutral Bay, Georges Heights, Middle Head and Chowder Bay in Mosman, North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Marine Biological Station in Watsons Bay, and Macquarie Lightstation in Vaucluse.
The Harbour Trust sites are rich in history and link us to our complex past and continuing connections. They are Country – the interconnected layers of water, land and air that for First Nations people hold cultural practices, community and sense of worth. They tell stories of colonisation and dispossession, of convict incarceration, of nineteenth and twentieth century military and defence roles, and speak of the enterprise and industry of the modern nation, and of the contemporary communities they have become.
The Harbour Trust’s mission is to bring to life our natural and cultural heritage and provide a lasting legacy for all Australians through conservation, remediation and the adaptive reuse of places in our care, and our vision is to create and share extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour and amplify their stories.
Following a recent review and legislative changes, the Harbour Trust has now been confirmed as the custodian of these important sites in perpetuity, and over the next three to five years will be progressively transforming them to become ‘must see’ destinations, to learn more about their history and significance. These public spaces and parklands are becoming vibrant communities with major events, exhibitions, venue hire, accommodation and tours, together with residential and business tenancy.
The Role Overview
The Director First Nations is a newly created role to provide leadership as the Harbour Trust transforms to deliver on this commitment, as a member of the senior management team collectively responsible for developing and delivering capital initiatives at our sites, for building strong relationships with First Nations people and organisations, and for reviewing and establishing operations and policy such that the Harbour Trust sites become a universal place of welcome.
With master planning and feasibility studies commencing that provide the roadmap for the transformation of Cockatoo Island, North Head Sanctuary and Middle Head, much of the first year of this role will be working with the newly established project team to embed First Nations perspectives in these major projects.
As a member of the Harbour Trust Executive team, you will provide support as needed to the Executive Director in evolving the business and driving a “one team” culture and in positioning the overall organisation for sustainable growth and delivery on vision, mission and purpose.
Your key accountabilities will be to:
• Play a leading role in the master planning and conceptual development of Harbour Trust sites, particularly Cockatoo Island, North Head Sanctuary and Middle Head, to embed the First Nations Guiding Principles throughout the planning, development and delivery, including creating opportunities for participation in the projects by traditional knowledge holders, First Nations organisations and communities.
• Lead the development and delivery of initiatives that promote First Nations connection to and custodianship of Harbour Trust sites, including the management of project teams and creative content.
• Provide leadership within the Harbour Trust through contributing to organisational cultural awareness, increasing connectivity across multiple cultural groups, providing advice to ensure the Harbour Trust acts with integrity and in accordance with First Nations cultural protocols.
Demonstrated experience required
To be successful in this role you will identify as First Nations community member and have knowledge or experience of the First Nations cultural heritage of Sydney Harbour and its environs.
Your experience in development and delivery of collaborative, interpretive and/or creative projects working with First Nations communities is necessary as is your proven ability to successfully manage contracts and commissions, including with creative consultants and artists
You will be able to demonstrate your experience in managing a multi-disciplinary team to achieve goals/deadlines and have the ability to and experience of building strong relationships with First Nations community organisations, traditional knowledge holders, and individual stakeholders
Demonstrated research and analytical skills is equally necessary and your high-level written communication skills with the capacity to prepare contracts, reports and proposals is highly sought.
You will have tertiary qualifications in architecture, planning, history, archaeology or related fields.
A Police Check will be conducted prior to commencement.
Salary range for the role is $124,953 to $146,398 plus 10.5% superannuation
Please refer to our Careers page https://www.harbourtrust.gov.au/en/careers/ for the full position description and then send your resume and covering letter addressing the criteria to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to discuss prior to submitting your application, please call Janet Carding, Executive Director on (02) 8969 2164
The closing date 11.59pm on Sunday 7 August 2022
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