22 February, 2023

First Nations National Network Manager

  • Salary: 110K – 115K + Super + Salary Packaging ($15900 + $2650 Meal and Entertainment Allowance)
  • Fully remote role, flexible work hours
  • Permanent full time (35 hours)
  • First Nations candidates only

About the Institute

Located on Gadigal and Bidjigal land (Randwick NSW), Black Dog Institute is the only Medical Research Institute in Australia to investigate mental health across the lifespan, our aim is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone. For the past 20 years, we have been at the forefront of mental health research. We house the only Lived Experience center for First Nations peoples in the world. The center elevates the voices of First Nations peoples and shares their stories to co-design, inform, and deliver culturally responsive mental health and suicide prevention initiatives. As part of the institute, we encourage yarning with Mob and others across the organisation on a daily basis to help maintain a vibrant work culture.


  • Fully remote
  • 35 hour work week, flexible hours agreements & 9-day fortnights
  • Salary Packaging: $15,900.00 of your base salary tax free & up to $2650.00 meal & entertainment
  • Family first, people first culture, we put our research into action at work to make sure we maintain mental health and wellbeing at work
  • Pet friendly workplace

The Role

As the National Network Manger you will assess readiness, establish and manage First Nations community lived experience networks across Australia. Connect with sites which are a National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Initiative that are currently being set up across the country and manage the implementation and continuous quality improvement of Local Lived Experience Networks throughout Australia. You will also provide strategic direction to all Lived Experience Networks as well as develop and implement best practice for First Nations governance, cultural responsiveness, embedded with strong wellbeing principles. 

Duties & Responsibilties

  • Collaborate with the Head of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lived Experience Centre, and broader team to develop and implement an operational plan for the Local Lived Experience Networks across Australia
  • Provide strategic direction for all Local Lived Experience Networks set up across Australia
  • Connect Local Lived Experience Networks with opportunities to contribute to the mental health and suicide prevention sectors at a state and national level
  • Lead the development of relevant policies and procedures relating to cultural and psychological safety culturally responsive training and development and facilitate for Local Lived Experience Networks
  • Contribute directly to newsletters, journals and publications, and proposals for additional funding

 Skills & Experience Required 

  • At least 5 years’ similar employment experience such as coordinating projects in a community, state, or national level and or network of individuals
  • Demonstrated experience in project management, organisational wide initiatives, and time management skills with the ability to multitask competing priorities and deadlines
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing governance, strategic and operational planning, psychological safety, and cultural protocols in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a lived experience of mental health and/or suicide prevention in programs, services and/or research
  • Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining effective networks and managing relationships with external organisations

EOO Statement
Black Dog Institute is committed to achieving a diverse workforce that reflects our wider community. We ensure equal opportunity for all, regardless of age, culture, appearance, sexual orientation, lived experience, gender identity, disability and/or family status.

How to Apply
To become a part of the Black Dog Institute team, follow the link to apply and submit your most up to date resume. We are a 2022 Circle Back Initiative Employer and commit to respond to every applicant.