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Wansolmoana Connect Officer - First Nations (ID)

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About the project

Funded under a 2-year grant program through the Australian Museum Foundation, the Wansolmoana Connect program supports the vision of the Pasifika Collections & Engagement team within the First Nations Division at the AM that young Pasifika peoples are connected, empowered, and inspiring members of their communities.

The Wansolmoana Connect program offers a range of meaningful participation opportunities for Pasifika community members and youth. Program participants will have the opportunity to engage with, and expand their understanding of Pasifika peoples, science, history, and knowledge.

About the Role

The Wansolmoana Connect Officer, First Nations provides creative support, coordination, and engagement opportunities for Pasifika communities, youth (including students) in diaspora in NSW to connect with the AM’s Pasifika Collections and the new Pasifika Gallery, titled Wansolmoana. This role is involved in delivering the Wansolmoana Connect program and related initiatives for the Pasifika communities in NSW. The role is part time 3 days per week, temporary for 1 year, with the opportunity of extension.

In consultation with the Manager, Pasifika Collections & Engagement and Director, First Nations, the Wansolmoana Connect Officer will work collaboratively alongside other Pasifika staff at the AM to learn, collaborate, develop and share information, participate in hosting AM visits, and contribute to broader planning work around broader AM First Nations strategic initiatives and programs.

Please note candidates will be informed of the result in mid-January 2024, and the employment starts in February 2024

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You will be paid a competitive annual salary of $93,295 - $102,942 plus the employer's contribution to superannuation (currently 11%) and annual leave loading.

About You

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in community liaison, cultural heritage, youth work, social work or similar field, particularly with Pasifika communities and youth. Preferably in delivering programs to Pasifika communities (preferably with a focus on youth) in social, recreational, school, and community settings and an understanding of positive group facilitation and training practices. Including the ability to deliver in partnership or collaboration with other organisations and individuals.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Pasifika community development and youth participation principles.
  • Well established relationships with the Pasifika diaspora community in NSW, and the ability to maintain of effective relationships with Elders, community, stakeholders, and industry.
  • Demonstrated administrative, written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders.
  • Holds a current full NSW Driver’s Licence. The role holder must be prepared to travel between the AM’s various sites which holds its collections, and to external stakeholders as needed to support the work of the Pasifika Collections & Engagement team.

Essential requirements

  • Pacific Islander descent - Pacific Islander descent is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline (i.e. cultural heritage, youth work, community development, social work, etc.) and/or extensive work experience in the Pasifika community and youth sectors.
  • Availability to work on weekends, public holidays and evenings when required.
  • A valid NSW Working with Children clearance

About The Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is truly a great place to work. We aim to be a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. We commit to transform the conversation around climate change, the environment and wildlife conservation; be a strong advocate for First Nations’ culture; and continue to develop world-leading science, collections, exhibitions and education programs.

Recent staff survey results confirm that our staff feel valued, accepted and supported and that they believe the AM is an inclusive workplace. AM staff also report a high level of job satisfaction.

The AM is located on the homelands of the Gadigal people and acknowledges and pays respect to the Gadigal people as the custodians of the land, sky and waterways, paying respect to Elders past and present.

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Besides working together with other like-minded people, you will have access to professional development and dedicated Wellbeing programs.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit (if submitted as attachment, please upload as PDF):

  1. A one to two page covering letter which addresses the role description’s key knowledge and experience
  2. Resume

As part of the online application process, you will be prompted to answer two targeted questions.

  1. What current or past work experience makes you a great fit for the role? (referring to the key accountabilities listed in the role description) (400 words maximum).
  2. What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your current or previous role? How did you overcome this challenge? (400 words maximum).

For more details, Frequently Asked Questions and how to apply for the role go to I Work for NSW.

The successful applicant will be subject to national criminal records check. As recommended by Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI), the Australian Museum encourages all applicants who can be safely vaccinated for COVID-19, to be so.

Contact person: Melissa Malu, Manager Pasifika Collections & Engagement, [email protected], using the subject line: Wansolmoana Connect Officer - First Nations (ID) enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Inclusive and welcoming

The Australian Museum is an NSW Public Service organisation and aims to attract and retain the right people for the right jobs. The AM is a diverse and inclusive workplace where genuine participation and contribution is enabled, and everyone, regardless of their background, identity or circumstances is valued, accepted and supported to thrive at work.

This means that we are embedding diversity and inclusion in everything we do on a daily basis, whether it be our recruitment processes, workplace culture, career development programs, customer service or policies and procedures. If we can make some adjustments to our recruitment process to better enable you to shine, please reach out to the contact person or note this in your application.

Pasifika (Pacific Islander) descent - is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. 

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