6 September, 2023

Manager – First Nations Strategy

Manager – First Nations Strategy


  • Employment Type: Part-time (17.5 hours per week)
  • Duration: 12 month fixed term contract (strong possibility of extension)
  • Remuneration: $118,883 – $145,429 (Full time equivalent salary) + 17% Super and leave loading
  • Location: Kensington, NSW (Hybrid Flexible Working) Occasional travel required


About The Centre:

The National Centre of Excellence in Intellectual Disability Health (the Centre) is a new major initiative supported by the Australian Government, Department of Health and Aged Care, commencing in 2023. The Centre is led by UNSW Sydney (Medicine and Health) together with a consortium comprising The New South Wales Council for Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome Australia, Queenslanders with Disability Network, First Peoples Disability Network (Australia), Centre for Disability Studies, Mater Intellectual Disability and Autism Service and Mater Misericordiae, University of Melbourne and, Telethon Kids Institute. A further 20 health and disability sector partners and 36 collaborating organisations are also involved. The Centre’s purpose is to improve the health of people with Intellectual Disability. The National Centre of Excellence in Intellectual Disability (NCoE) will be based at UNSW Medicine and Health, UNSW Sydney


Establishing the National Centre of Excellence in Intellectual Disability Health is a vital step in improving the health of people with intellectual disability. The national centre will bring together experts, resources, and research on intellectual disability healthcare.


The Centre is committed to ensuring the strengths and priorities of First Nations people with intellectual disability are embedded throughout the governance, policies, systems, programs, and culture of the Centre.


The Opportunity:

The Manager – First Nations Strategy is an identified role, as Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander.

This position is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only.


As the Manager – First Nations Strategy, you will be dedicated to ensuring this commitment is realised. Whilst the Manager will be located within the Centre, at UNSW, reporting directly to the Centre Director, they will work in partnership with consortium member First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) and closely with other national First Nations disability peak bodies.


In this critical role, you will provide expert advice and input into the planning, development, implementation, monitoring of the Centre for success and will be responsible for full oversight of the First Nations strategy and associated activities across the Centre including high level budgets, monitoring, and reporting against KPIs.


The Manager will report to the Centre Director and will have approximately 3 direct reports. They will also have a partnering role with FPDN, and other national and international First Nations and non-Indigenous Centre stakeholders. Accordingly, occasional interstate travel will be required.


Who You Are:

  • Experience working with First Nations people with lived experience of disability, including intellectual disability and commitment to inclusion and co-design methodologies.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification with subsequent relevant experience or equivalent competence gained through any combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of cultural models of inclusion, cultural and social determinants of wellbeing for First Nations people with disability
  • Demonstrated understanding of intersectionality and developing organisational and programmatic solutions and responses to address discrimination.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, including for people with intellectual disability, to initiate and maintain effective relationships whilst exercising discretion and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated staff and team management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively within a diverse team to drive change, but also to take initiative and work independently while managing competing demands.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills, with a demonstrated ability to respond to changing priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet competing deadlines by using judgement and initiative.
  • Excellent stakeholder relationships, including with community-controlled sector and peak bodies, universities and/or industry partners.


Pre-employment checks required for this position:

  • Working with children
  • Criminal record check


Benefits and Culture:

UNSW offer a competitive salary and access to a plethora of UNSW-perks including:​

  • 17% Superannuation and leave loading​
  • Flexible working ​
  • Additional 3 days of leave over the Christmas Period​
  • Access to lifelong learning and career development ​
  • Progressive HR practices​

More information on the great staff benefits and culture can be found here.


How to Apply:

Make each day matter with a meaningful career at UNSW. Submit your application online before the 26th September at 11:55pm. A copy of the Position Description can be found on JOBS@UNSW.


Get in Touch (for job related queries only – applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed):

Jamie Cutler: Talent Acquisition Consultant

E: j.cutler@unsw.edu.au


This position is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only.  UNSW has obtained an exemption under section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) to designate and recruit professional and academic positions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons only, to fulfil UNSW’s goal of a representative workforce rate.


UNSW is committed to evolving a culture that embraces equity and supports a diverse and inclusive community where everyone can participate fairly, in a safe and respectful environment. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and encourage applications from people of diverse gender, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability and those with caring and family responsibilities. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.


The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.