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Title:  Indigenous Engagement Advisor

Job Number:  9595

Melbourne, VIC, AU, 3000

About North Western Program Alliance

North Western Program Alliance (NWPA) consists of three Alliance partners – John Holland, KBR and MTM and the client (LXRP), working together as one team to achieve shared goals. 
NWPA has a proven track record with the successful delivery of four level crossing removal projects, several premium stations and three projects currently in delivery phase. 
We’re proud to make a real difference to the lives of people on our program of works and in the communities in which we operate. Our values are Excellence, Empowerment, Creativity and Care.


We are currently looking for an experienced Indigenous Engagement Advisor to join us, based on the Alliance.

About the Role

Whilst you will be initially based on the North Western Program Alliance, this is a long-term career opportunity with John Holland.


As the Indigenous Engagement Advisor your main responsibility will be to build the Indigenous cultural competency of the Alliance.  You are a positive and influential leader aiming to educate, guide and oversee the coordination of all aspects relating to Indigenous engagement both internally and externally to the Alliance.  You are an advocate for creating a culturally safe workplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Attraction to and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will be a true measure of your success.

Responsibilities of the role include;

•    Establish and strengthen mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders and organisations
•    Assist with interpreting the Cultural Heritage Management Plans and manage engagement with the Heritage Advisor and the Traditional Owner groups
•    Assist with Social Procurement targets by engaging Aboriginal businesses with opportunities for tender
•    Create meaningful connections between the TO groups and the project and act as the conduit fostering a harmonious relationship which drives genuine sustainable social outcomes
•    Work with the internal communications team to deliver Cultural Awareness Training and activities that appropriately celebrate National Reconciliation Week (NRW) and NAIDOC Week with the purpose of building respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories including raising awareness and sharing information amongst our staff  
•    Increase understanding, value and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories, knowledge and rights through cultural learning initiatives for the Alliance
•    Work with the development team to embed the NWPA Aboriginal Cultural Design principles into our processes, including leading the engagement and consultation with TOs. 
•    Improve employment outcomes by increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander recruitment, retention and professional development.
•    Champion a mentoring program and network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander project staff.
•    Provide general assistance to the Human Resource function in the implementation of HR strategies 
•    Build positive relationships through influence and negotiation with employees, managers, subcontractors, and external stakeholder groups across the business
•    Perform all duties in accordance with John Holland policies, processes, systems and procedures

To be successful in this role, you will have;

•    More than 5 years’ experience in a role working on Indigenous recruitment/employment and retention
•    Experience delivering cultural competency programs 
•    Knowledge of Victorian Social and Sustainable Procurement Framework
•    Ability to build relationships with internal stakeholders, external stakeholders and sub-contractors
•    Ability to design and deliver an Indigenous employment and procurement strategy 

As part of the team, you help us deliver on our promise to transform lives.

Your success is reflected in ours, so we’re committed to being an employer of choice. For us, a diverse, inclusive and enjoyable culture is the foundation for great work. It’s why we encourage applications from people of all ages, nationalities and cultures, and promote a flexible way of working that enables a work-life balance.


We’ll do all we can to help you develop your skills, and make a difference, right from the start. We have a flexible workplace and focus on all aspects of your physical and mental health and safety. We want you to be with us for the long-term, so providing you with rich career experiences and ongoing development is our priority. 

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