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Community Planning and Development Senior Project Officer

Northern Land Council

Would you like to work for one of the largest and oldest Indigenous organisations in Australia and be involved in the largest solar energy network in the world?

About the NLC

We are responsible for assisting Aboriginal people in the Top End of the Northern Territory to acquire and manage their lands and seas. Our vision is to ensure that Aboriginal people benefit socially, culturally and economically from the secure possession of their land, waters and seas.

About the Role

The Sun Cable project seeks to develop the world's largest solar energy infrastructure network, including a major solar array facility at Powell Creek Station in the Northern Territory and a transmission line to South East Asia.

The Senior Project Officer will provide strategic planning and project management support to assist native title holders and traditional owners to identifying their priorities and negotiating strong social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits in connection with the project.


  • Facilitate strategic, participatory planning
  • Contribute to the monitoring and accountability frameworks
  • Develop, through participatory processes, appropriate governance and financial management frameworks for agreement-based benefits
  • Provide planning and project management services
  • Develop and report on project budgets
  • Undertake mapping of project regions, communities and/or outstations to profile existing assets, services, social well-being indicators
  • Develop strategic partnerships and any complementary funding arrangements with those organisations that have capacity to assist with resources, expertise and project management.

About you

To thrive in this role you will have:

  • Significant demonstrated knowledge, understanding and respect of Indigenous Australian culture, customs and society and the ability to gain and maintain credibility with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations.
  • Tertiary qualifications in community development or relevant field, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience working in an Aboriginal or community development context, preferably involving capacity building, governance or participatory planning.
  • Advanced skills in cross cultural communication, negotiation, conflict management, consultation and liaison with constituents, community organisations, industry groups and government departments.
  • Skills and experience in project management.
  • Well-developed research skills including the capacity to prepare clear and concise reports and briefing documents, official correspondence, and make oral and written representations to diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Current drivers licence (manual) and willingness to work and travel in remote localities. Note that this position requires frequent travel.

Remuneration and Benefits:

  • 2 Year Fixed Term Contract
  • Location: Darwin
  • Salary: $90,619 to $101,668 per annum (pro rata for part time employees)
  • Allowances, e.g. district and airfare allowances
  • FBT exempt salary packaging benefits pay
  • 13% superannuation contribution
  • 5 weeks annual leave & 17.5% annual leave loading

Please note this is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait identified position.

This position is identified for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, and is intended to constitute a special measure under section 8 (1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and section 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1996 (NT).

How to Apply:

A full Position Description may be obtained by clicking on this vacancy on our website jobs.nlc.org.au. We ask that all applications are received through our jobs website – this will ensure that you are submitting a full application for this position. Our website also provides information about our recruitment process. If you are having any problems submitting your application please contact us on 08 8920 5140.

Contact Officer:

Sarah Rennie Sarah.Rennie@nlc.org.au, using the subject line: Community Planning and Development Senior Project Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs, or call 0477 880 282

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