NSWALC is an equal opportunity employer and especially encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply for advertised positions within the NSW land rights network.

The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) was established under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW).  NSWALC is a self-funding statutory authority responsible for protecting and promoting the rights and interests of the Aboriginal people of NSW.

All applicants must obtain a recruitment package containing the position description and selection criteria and address the selection criteria for their application to be considered.

Director, Strategy

Parramatta location (Location negotiable)

Salary Range $171,864 to $179,491(+ 9.5% super) + other benefits


The opportunity

The Director, Strategy leads the delivery of strategic planning and strategic initiatives of NSWALC across a diverse policy portfolio including Aboriginal Land Agreements and amendments to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983.

The position provides high-level strategic advice to the Council, CEO and the Executive, and is responsible for developing and maintaining influential relationships with Ministers, Parliamentarians and senior government officers as well as other relevant non-government agencies and affiliated groups.


Leading a small team, the Director, Strategy will: 

  • Lead complex, high level and high value negotiations for the return of land to Aboriginal Land Councils, the resolution of Aboriginal land claims and other matters through Aboriginal Land Agreements with the NSW Government, local government, industry bodies, Aboriginal organisations and Native Title groups;
  • Lead the development, implementation and ongoing evaluation and review of NSWALC policies in relation to amendments to the Aboriginal Land Rights Act to ensure alignment with the Council's strategic direction and objectives;
  • Develop and maintain influential relationships with Ministers, Parliamentarians and senior government officers, as well as other relevant non-government agencies, stakeholders and affiliated groups;
  • Represent NSWALC at the highest levels of Government, community and key external stakeholders in consultations and negotiations to optimise outcomes for Aboriginal Land Rights.


To be successful in this role, the Director, Strategy will need to have:

  • Advanced and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the cultural practices, values and issues affecting Aboriginal people and communities in today's society.
  • Demonstrated commitment and capacity to promote the rights and interests of Aboriginal people.
  • Demonstrated high understanding of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act, related regulations and policies, and proven advanced ability to work in a strong regulatory environment.
  • Demonstrated advanced policy and political analysis and proven ability to respond to significant complex challenges.
  • Excellent relationship management skills, including proven advanced negotiation and influencing skills, and advanced capacity to work effectively with a broad range of organisations at a senior level including government departments, Aboriginal organisations, other community sector organisations and industry groups.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage a team, plan and prioritise, progress organisational priorities and deliver results.
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field or extensive equivalent experience


About us

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) is the State's peak representative body in Aboriginal affairs and aims to protect the interests and further the aspirations of its members and the broader Aboriginal community.  NSWALC is a not for profit organisation. 

More information about NSW Aboriginal Land Council can be found at www.alc.org.au


How to apply

To apply for the position please obtain a copy of the recruitment package containing the Role Description and Success Profile by contacting Kody Boney by email: recruitment@alc.org.au or on (02) 9689 4490.  Applications close 5.00PM Wednesday, 03 May 2017 and can be forwarded to recruitment@alc.org.au

Job Status: 3 year contract role

Applications from Aboriginal people are strongly encouraged