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GenV Aboriginal Engagement Officer

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Who Are We?

At MCRI we share a powerful vision: to re-imagine the future of child health. We are the home to many life-changing scientific discoveries. We believe that no question is too impossible to try and answer. We are renowned for our cutting-edge focus on early interventions, improved diagnoses, prevention and development of potential cures. Our success is founded on a philosophy of collaboration through a multidisciplinary approach to solving the toughest questions in child health. MCRI is a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability. We are committed to creating a positive working environment which values all backgrounds and experiences. We strive to foster an inclusive culture that is underpinned by equal opportunity for all and a culture based on respect, consideration and dignity.

Your Opportunity:

This is an exciting opportunity to join the GenV team as an Aboriginal Engagement Officer! You’ll utilise your networking, communication and project management skills to lead and implement GenV’s Aboriginal engagement plan, which was written by GenV’s Aboriginal consultant Karen Milward, Yorta Yorta woman. GenV’s Aboriginal engagement is overseen by GenV’s Solutions Hub Co-Lead with oversight provided by GenV’s Aboriginal Advisory Group. The two objectives of this role are to build engagement with pregnant families who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or families whose baby may identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander (residing in Victoria), and, to build trust about GenV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in Victoria. GenV aims to ensure the GenV’s cohort is representative of all Victorians including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families.

This position will suit someone who has experience and is comfortable building networks and liaising with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Your excellent project management skills will help ensure GenV can deliver on our program milestones. You may also be involved in designing and conducting qualitative research on the GenV Cohort. Occasional travel within Victoria may be required (when COVID safe to do so). The successful candidate will work directly with the Solutions Hub Co-lead and Solutions Hub team, have close working relationships with the Cohort and BioDiscovery team and GenV Scientific Directors, and other GenV teams as required. GenV will also support the successful candidate’s relationship with MCRI’s Aboriginal Health Program and other campus based Aboriginal networks. All our staff are also offered Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training annually.

For this role, it is a genuine occupational requirement that the incumbent must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander as authorised under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010.

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating GenV’s engagement activities with Victorian Aboriginal communities as per GenV’s Aboriginal Engagement Plan.
  • Facilitating and leading internal and external meetings/workshops with stakeholders with support and direction to achieve project outcomes. This may include GenV’s Aboriginal Advisory Group, Aboriginal Elders, Koori Maternity Service workers, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers, Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO’s) and Aboriginal researchers.
  • An ability to communicate with and be understood by diverse audiences including an ability to explain complex issues in simple manner.
  • Documenting engagement processes and outcomes.
  • Working with the Solutions Hub Co-lead to ensure GenV’s cohort is representative of the State and includes families and/or babies who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • Managing competing priorities/deadlines to deliver tasks in a timely manner.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  • An appropriate level of expertise gained from a combination of experience, training or professional accreditation.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills with experience communicating to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish warm, constructive working relationships with co-workers and stakeholders through collaboration and networking.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community residing in Victoria, including key Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and structures.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management including the planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent time management and multi-tasking skills with attention to detail.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (eg Teams, Outlook).
  • Ability to work independently while also working constructively within a team environment.

Desirable

  • High quality tertiary degree qualification in relevant field (eg public health, health, nursing/midwifery, social sciences, community development).
  • Experience conducting qualitative research with Aboriginal communities.
  • An interest in young children and their families demonstrated through research and/or post-graduate employment.
  • Experience and knowledge of public health.

What’s in it for you:

  • 12 Month Contract (Possible Extension).
  • Attractive Salary $77,305-$88,796 per annum + Super (with Salary Packaging).
  • Full time or Part time.
  • Flexible Working Options Available.
  • Ongoing Career Development and Training.
  • Paid Parental Leave Scheme.
  • Health and Wellbeing Program and an Employee Assistance Program.

Apply Now!!

Download the position description. Any specific questions not answered in the position description should be directed to Naomi Schwarz naomi.schwarz@mcri.edu.au, using the subject line: GenV Aboriginal Engagement Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

If you believe you have what we're after please click 'Apply Now' to proceed with your application. In one document please place your:

  • Cover Letter
  • Response to Key Selection Criteria
  • Resume

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact recruitment@mcri.edu.au.

On occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

All applicants please be aware that in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions, all MCRI and VCGS workers must have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by no later than 29 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated by no later than 26 November 2021, unless a medical exception applies. Applicants will be required to provide their Australian Government COVID-19 Digital Immunisation Certificate/s as part of our pre-employment requirements.

The Murdoch Children's Research Institute acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we are located. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We are committed to implementing cultural safety at MCRI and have developed a cultural protocol guide for our staff that provides an understanding of Victorian Aboriginal history and culture, impacts of colonisation and trauma, who Victorian Aboriginal families and communities are and examples of good practice when engaging in research and projects with Aboriginal people in Victoria. The guide also includes a supported approach by Aboriginal researchers around Indigenous Data Governance.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.

Should you require any specific support or adjustments please talk to us and we will be happy to accommodate.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Check and a Working with Children check is compulsory.

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Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

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