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Program Manager Water Quality - Indigenous Projects - Townsville / Cairns

Great Barrier Reef Foundation

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation

The Great Barrier Reef is a unique icon and an irreplaceable ecosystem. It’s the largest living thing on earth and home to thousands of species of marine life, including six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle.

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is the lead charity for the Reef, driving the immediate change needed for the Reef to survive for future generations. Right now, we have over 60 Reef-saving projects with over 65 project delivery partners. We are the action station for the Reef, bringing together people and science to deliver the world’s largest coral reefs program.

The role

The Foundation is using a co-design approach to develop a fit for purpose and culturally grounded water quality program that will see Traditional Owner water values, training and capacity building, as well as partnership establishment, take priority.

This new Townsville or Cairns based role within the Traditional Owner Partnerships team will develop and maintain strong relationships with Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef and its catchments and assist in developing and managing projects and partnerships across the Water Quality components of the Reef Trust Partnership Agreement. It is expected that the role will experience some evolution as the Water Quality work program progresses.

Reporting to the Senior Program Manager of the Traditional Owner Partnership team, the position will work closely with all members of the team as well as the six members of the Traditional Owner Water Quality Technical Working group to develop and manage various grant projects at different complexities and scales. These grant projects will deliver on Traditional Owner led priorities within the water quality component held within the Reef Trust Partnership and its annual work plans.

A large component of the position will be dedicated project management and monitoring and evaluation of on-ground Water Quality grant projects led by Traditional Owners.

Key Responsibility Areas:

  1. Assist the GBRF Traditional Owner Technical Working Group and Traditional Owner Partnerships team to coordinate the overall planning and delivery of water quality projects, including efficient and thorough program management of grant rounds.
  2. Effectively engage with Traditional Owners from the Great Barrier Reef and its catchment and their key partners to provide accurate information about Water Quality opportunities available under the Reef Trust Partnership; as well as develop effective communication mechanisms for Traditional Owners and their key partners to identify, report on and provide advice to the GBRF on Indigenous water quality priorities.
  3. Provide advice to the GBRF Traditional Owner Technical Working Group, Traditional Owner Partnerships team and Executive on strategic reef-wide water quality literacy engagement activities ensuring a consistent and culturally appropriate approach is adopted for two-way information sharing between Great Barrier Reef Traditional Owners and the GBRF.
  4. Report and provide advice to GBRF and Traditional Owner Water Quality Technical Working Group on the management, monitoring and evaluation of Traditional Owner led projects and processes under the Reef Trust Partnership.
  5. Support successful grantees in identifying and connecting with potential partners and other relevant stakeholders that might influence, enhance or impact their project outcomes.
  6. Coordinate engagement and alignment between the program and other regional initiatives in to foster collaboration, deliver co-benefits, maximise synergies and co-investment and minimise duplication and redundancies

About you

The role is suited to a highly skilled person who has experience working and communicating effectively with Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef and its catchment. The role will deepen the understanding held by Traditional Owners about grant and project opportunities presented under the Water Quality area.

The successful person will need to demonstrate a flexible attitude as well as possess high order interpersonal skills and operate effectively within a small cross-cultural team environment.

Your strong relationship building and negotiation skills will be highly regarded as will your demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with individuals, groups and management

Additionally, you will have an ability to synthesise multiple lines of information and report effectively both verbally and in written form.

To be considered for this role you must have demonstrated skills and experience across the selection criteria outlined below.

Key Selection Criteria

  1. High level experience in the implementation of projects using best practice management systems, including managing risks, tracking performance, and ensuring implementation and reporting by delivery providers
  2. Experience in effectively working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including a demonstrated understanding of the complexities associated with engagement of Traditional Owner groups within the Great Barrier Reef and its Catchment.
  3. Demonstrated experience managing on- ground natural resource management programs.
  4. Experience and knowledge in relation to water quality improvement interventions – not essential but will be highly regarded.
  5. Demonstrated experience in grant contract management
  6. Experience travelling and working in remote locations for short amounts of time.

The rewards

This is a chance for an experienced Program Manager to step into an energetic, high performing and innovative team.

This position is an initial two-year contract with potential for a two-year extension.

We will also consider a one-year secondment for exceptional candidates.

Salary will be negotiated with the successful candidate but $85,000 - $90,000 plus superannuation should be used as a guide.

This full-time Townsville or Cairns based role is offered with flexible working arrangements.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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