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Music Engagement Officer - Yuendumu

PAW Media and Communications
  • Full Time – 38 Hours Per Week.
  • 12 Month Contract (with potential for renewal).
  • Remuneration is $64K plus Super, Accommodation and Utilities.
  • 6 Weeks Annual Leave.
  • Relocation Assistance up to $1,000 Available.
  • Position Based in Yuendumu.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Music Engagement Officer to join our team. Answerable to the General Manager and to the PAW Board of Directors, the successful candidate will coordinate the running of the Music Program across a number of remote Indigenous communities. 

This position isn’t for just anyone. You will be living remotely which can be challenging, requiring a resourceful and flexible person to succeed. However, for the right person this is a rewarding and potentially life-changing role. The position will allow you to become a part of a very special community and contribute to its growth, developing an understanding of Warlpiri and other local cultures. The successful candidate will need to have an understanding of the political, social and economic factors affecting Indigenous Australians in remote areas.

The successful candidate will need a current National Police Check and the ability to obtain an OCHRE Card.

Housing in community is limited so it may be necessary to share accommodation. PAW may not be able to provide housing for partners or families.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders & women are encouraged to apply.

Essential Criteria:

  • Technical expertise in sound engineering techniques for studio and live performance.
  • Expertise in small concert staging and equipment.
  • Demonstrated high-level skills in recording and mixing software.
  • Experience in training delivery and community engagement.
  • Capacity to live and work with a small team in a remote setting.
  • Experience working cross-culturally, preferably with indigenous Australians.
  • Experience in writing and acquitting grants.
  • Demonstrated capacity for resourcefulness, self-motivation, autonomy, effective problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Manual driver’s license.
  • The right to live and work in Australia.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Professional Sound Engineer Experience
  • Qualifications in Training & Assessment.
  • 4WD Experience.

About PAW Media:

PAW Media & Communications is the trading name of Warlpiri Media Aboriginal Corporation, an Indigenous-controlled media production house and accredited charity based in the remote indigenous community Yuendumu. The Corporation’s membership encompasses Pintubi, Anamatjere and Warlpiri people, hence the PAW acronym. Warlpiri Media began life as a pirate TV station in the mid 1980’s and later became famous for its hit TV series “Bush Mechanics”. In addition to its video activities, Warlpiri Media now manages and operates the PAW Radio Network, a licensed community broadcasting service for twelve Indigenous communities across the Greater Tanami Desert region, an area larger than Ireland. PAW Media also manages the Warlpiri Media Archives, an audio-visual and video collection built over thirty-five years that is acknowledged for its national cultural significance.

About the location:

Yuendumu has a population of approx. 1000 people, predominantly Warlpiri. The community is the main service delivery centre for Warlpiri Aboriginal Lands, and it provides basic necessities for residents. Among Yuendumu’s services is a health clinic, motor-vehicle workshop, three general stores, post office, school, and police station. It is the only community in its region with a public swimming pool.

Please see attached position description for a full explanation of the role.

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