Indigenous Mentor and Engagement Advisor - Affirmative Measure

Indigenous Mentor and Engagement Advisor - Affirmative Measure

ParlIament Of Australia | canberra, ACT, AU

Posted 14 days ago

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The Opportunity

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is recruiting for a PSL 6 Indigenous Mentor and Engagement Advisor role (Affirmative Measure) within the Corporate Operations Branch. 

The role operates in the Organisational Capability Section, which is one of the Human Resource (HR) areas of the department. The section is responsible for providing human resource advice and tailored support services across recruitment, entry level programs, learning and development, workforce diversity and Indigenous engagement.

The Indigenous Mentor and Engagement Advisor role has been designed to support the successful delivery of Indigenous engagement and employment programs. Primarily the role will work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and DPS business areas to increase cultural safety and understanding. This includes mentoring, coaching and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.
The Organisational Capability Section is a busy and growing HR area that will require the successful candidate to be innovative, creative, flexible and adaptable to changing priorities. The role will also support the achievement of other planned commitments across various Indigenous strategy documents.

Who we are looking for

To be successful in this role, you will have experience working within the Indigenous engagement and employment space. You will have a passion to support others, connect with community and build culturally safe work environments for current and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff. You will have experience working effectively across legislation, policy and programs and broader Commonwealth strategies.

Our ideal candidate will: 

  • be a good listener and able to provide constructive guidance and feedback
  • value diversity of perspectives, and
  • be able to network and find resources to support Indigenous initiatives.
  • Job Specific Requirements

    • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Baseline Vetting (Protected/Restricted) security clearance.

    Cultural understanding and knowledge of Indigenous matters and Commonwealth strategies (highly desirable).

    At DPS, we acknowledge the value diversity brings. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace that ensures all our people can contribute to our shared purpose. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with disability.

    Affirmative Measure

    This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. To be considered under the affirmative measures provision, evidence of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian heritage will be required. The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. 
    Applicants are required to provide evidence that they are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Acceptance evidence includes: 
    • A letter signed and executed by the Chairperson of an incorporated Indigenous organisation confirming that they are recognised as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, or 
    • A confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent form executed by an Indigenous organisation.

    Duty Statement

    Classification:  PSL 6
    Branch: Corporate Operations Branch
    Organisational Capability
    Immediate supervisor:
    Assistant Director, Diversity & Indigenous Engagement

    Under limited/general direction undertake duties in accordance with the agreed standards for the PSL 6 classification. The duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. Provide comprehensive mentoring support services for Indigenous staff, managers and teams to build a more culturally inclusive workplace. 

    2. Build, promote and engage with relevant stakeholders to provide ongoing culturally appropriate services and advice. 

    3. Assist in the development and implementation of culturally appropriate policies and procedures, training, pathway programs, resource materials and related strategy documents.

    4. Undertake research on emerging trends and initiatives, recognising best practice which can help to increase the department’s cultural competency and engagement with Indigenous community groups. 

    5. Support the roll out of the Indigenous School and Community Engagement Program at Australian Parliament House. 

    6. Provide support across a range of Indigenous engagement functions including, but not limited to:

    a) Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) deliverables 
    b) RAP Champions Group
    c) Indigenous frameworks and governance
    d) National Reconciliation Week (NRW) and NAIDOC Week activities.

    7. Support the Diversity and Indigenous Engagement team in the design, development and implementation of the department’s diversity and inclusion agenda and initiatives.

    Employees of DPS are required to be able, and to be seen to be able, to provide professional advice and services to all Senators and Members without favour or prejudice.