Work from any major city in Australia CSIRO's new Indigenous Science and Engagement (ISE) program will on equitable partnerships and transformational change through tackling national challenges prioritised by Indigenous Australia. It will co-develop new science opportunities and undertake cutting edge science by and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
The Program Director will support a small team of largely Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff through implementing significant internal and external activities of transformational change and upscaling over a five-year period. The Program Director will work closely with internal stakeholders such as the Chief Scientist, CSIRO Business Units and Enterprise Support Services, the CSIRO Office of Indigenous Engagement, the CSIRO Indigenous Strategic Advisory Council, and the Manager CSIRO Human Research Ethics Committee. This is a critical leadership role within CSIRO as the Program Director will be the key contact point for upscaling Indigenous science and engagement across the enterprise and externally.
Selection Criteria Qualifications/Experience: Holds relevant tertiary and /or postgraduate qualifications or equivalent scientific experience. Excellent science and engagement leadership with a well-respected track record of building ethical and equitable relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders peoples and communities. Teamwork and Collaboration: Creates and fosters an environment in which there is a high level of cooperation within and between teams. Facilitates equitable and positive relationships to build organisational interactions and involvement across CSIRO, including the effective management of complex relationships and projects, efficient operational management of people and teams, as well as inclusive and collaborative strategic planning. Communication and influence: Demonstrates high-level written and oral communication skills, evidenced by superior reporting, presentation and negotiation abilities, and the capacity to identify and influence critical stakeholders to gain support for novel proposals and ideas. Behaviours: Has a sustained reputation for exemplary values and a history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment. Essential Evidence of high-level strategic leadership, including the ability to develop programs and opportunities that respond to national Indigenous science challenges, co-developed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Evidence of successful initiation and maintenance of high-level strategic relationships, programs and alliances across national and international science agencies, with government, Indigenous corporations, and internal and external stakeholders; demonstrating strong engagement skills with Indigenous communities, and effective relationships within the science, management and governance sectors. Demonstrated ability to develop and translate science and research evidence and best-practice models into longer-term practical outcomes for the benefit of Indigenous communities. Demonstrated success in the delivery of start-up programs with cultural integrity, science excellence and strong project management (on budget, on schedule, to scope, to stakeholder expectations and with appropriately mitigated risks) for multi-disciplinary, complex projects. Demonstrated leadership within a multi-disciplinary team environment, and a track record of supporting the growth of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander staff, including influencing staff in observing cultural and professional standards. A strong history of establishing and working effectively across different units in a large organisation and a record of leadership which has encouraged new ideas, built trust and provided support as a trusted adviser. Proven ability to anticipate and manage significant issues, often in ambiguous situations, by evaluating and interpreting complex information and developing creative solutions and contingencies.
Flexible working arrangements - The successful candidate can work from there Australian city of choice. Starting salary is $162k - $189k per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation 3 year contract
Applications should be submitted to [email protected] with the subject line “CSIRO Program Director - Indigenous Science and Engagement Your application should include: • a maximum 5 page response outlining your experience and ability to a) perform the job and b) meet all seven essential requirements. • an up-to-date resume of no more than 5 pages which clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role. This must include at least 2 referees (one from a recent/current position and one as your cultural referee). Closes: Midnight 1 November 2020