Indigenous Research Consultant

  • Provide Indigenous understanding and strategic direction to CSIRO Land and Water's research agenda
  • Promote CSIRO's research capability through strategic industry partnerships
  • Lead the development of L&W's strategic research directions for Indigenous-led, co-developed, and Indigenous science

The Indigenous Research Consultant is responsible for enhancing the Land and Water Business Unit’s leadership in Indigenous-led, co-developed and Indigenous science, as well as growing opportunities for the Business Unit to support key Indigenous partners focused on developing the Indigenous land and sea estate. The position will coordinate the Business Unit’s vital contributions to the emerging CSIRO Indigenous Science Program and provide leadership to the Business Unit’s own strategic Indigenous Futures initiative. They will also be the go-to person for Land and Water’s participation in the Indigenous Engagement Implementation Committee and collaboration with the Office of Indigenous Engagement.

More broadly, the role of the staff in the Research Consulting functional area is to initiate, develop, lead and promote CSIRO's research capability for the benefit of Australia's economy, community and environment through strategic partnerships with industry. Their primary responsibility is the management and leadership of research, client relationships, staff and other resources.

Your duties will include:

  • Provision of essential Indigenous understanding and strategic direction to the shaping and delivery of Land and Water’s broader research agenda.
  • Working with senior scientists and collaborators to lead the ongoing development of L&W’s strategic research directions for Indigenous-led, co-developed, and Indigenous science, including the strategic Indigenous Futures initiative.
  • Facilitating the design and implementation of suitable Indigenous-led governance for L&W’s Indigenous science directions and Indigenous initiatives.
  • Continue to strengthen and enhance L&W’s leadership in research supporting key Indigenous partners focused on developing opportunities from the Indigenous land and sea estate.
  • Coordination of L&W’s influential leadership role in the development of the cross-CSIRO Indigenous Science Program and any future investment in this, in collaboration with CSIRO’s Office of Indigenous Engagement.
  • Identify issues underpinning L&W’s capacity for appropriate and effective Indigenous engagement and work with Human Resources staff and the leadership team to progress pathways to address them.
  • Develop and scale opportunities for research in Indigenous science across a cohesive portfolio of work driven by Indigenous priorities.
  • Represent L&W’s Indigenous research internally and externally and build business opportunities and relationships with key partners.

Location: Townsville, Brisbane or Darwin (potential for a second position at a southern CSIRO site, eg Canberra)
Salary: AU$136k – AU$150k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 66721

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant Doctor of Philosophy or equivalent, together with practical experience in developing and promoting Indigenous scientific research agendas.
  • Managerial and/or commercial qualifications and significant experience and depth of understanding of science either from a research or industry perspective.
  • Evidence of the ability to lead operations, people and business activities across an organisation and coordinate complex internal and external stakeholder management, demonstrating strong engagement skills with Indigenous Australia, and strategic relationship management capability.
  • Demonstrated leadership within a multi-disciplinary team environment; and a track record in supporting the growth of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff.
  • An understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Experience of engagement with diverse government and industry clients, Indigenous collaborations, research leadership and promoting Indigenous perspectives to reframe research agendas.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description

Note: We have the potential to engage a second similar position at one of CSIRO’s southern sites, likely Canberra in the near future. Let us know if this is your preference.

Eligibility

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description

Eligibility

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

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Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close: 4 May 2020, 11:00 pm AEST/AEDT

posted: 07 April 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.