Position Title: Indi Kindi Team and Community Development Anchor
Reports To: Program Director (Sydney)
Direct Reports: Indi Kindi Team Educators (Borroloola & Tennant Creek)
Locations: Borroloola and Tennant Creek, NT
Role Overview and Purpose of the Position
The Indi Kindi Team and Community Development Anchor will support the continued development of the Indi Kindi program established in our Borroloola & Tennant Creek NT hubs.
This role requires some immersion in the communities in which we operate, and is flexibly open to short and medium stays across our two hubs, in agreement with you, local teams, the Program Director and Head of Operations & HR.
A key responsibility of this role is to coach and mentor the Indi Kindi team educators in both Borroloola and Tennant Creek, NT to support them lead and build their capacity. You will support the Indi Kindi team so educators can develop and foster community relationships and culturally appropriate working relationships with families, service providers and community members.
You will work closely with the JMF Coach & Mentor, Borroloola and JMF Community Coordinator, Tennant Creek, to maintain a strategic view of how the families, service providers, community members and our teams can work together in the most holistic and culturally appropriate way so our programs are embedded within the communities that we support.
Working in collaboration with the Program Director (Sydney Head Office), you will support operations, as well as research, investigation and reports which harness our key pillars, partnerships, data and measurement which will continue to enable and support Indi Kindi’s best practice development, growth and innovation.
Essential to this role is to already be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait leader, or be willing to learn and be immersed in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership, ensuring that all relationships in the workplace are based on mutual respect in a way that celebrates diversity and ensures cultural safety.
To be successful in this role you will need to display initiative, excellent interpersonal and networking skills, along with a passion for working in the field and engaging with local communities. You will be a people person who can mediate and find resolutions across the challenging scenarios related to managing teams, working with local stakeholders and community members who have different needs and points of view. You will understand and have a commitment to servant leadership.
We are an agile and flexible small-medium independent not-for-profit, with an affiliated business that has forty years experience in remote Aboriginal Australia. We are offering the suitable candidate a rewarding professional opportunity that supports truly Aboriginal-led solutions through community collaboration, capacity building, and valuing the unique perspectives of the Aboriginal worldview.
You will report to the Program Director within the Sydney Head Office and anchor the Indi Kindi team educators (Borroloola and Tennant Creek, NT). In collaboration with the Indi Kindi teams across our Hubs, program logistics will also require liaison with the local agencies that are responsible for education, community capacity building, and healthy outcomes within the hubs that are across your remit, and working closely with key national and state partners of the Foundation.
- Anchoring and supporting the day-to-day implementation and delivery of the Indi Kindi program pillars liaising and providing support to Indi Kindi team educators. A key focus is to mentor and support to build capacity in our local Indi Kindi educators.
- Onboarding and ongoing training and support for the Indi Kindi team educators (Borroloola and Tennant Creek).
- Identify training and development needs of Indi Kindi educators.
- Liaison with the Program Manager and Head of Operations & HR) coordinate staff training and development sessions, ensuring outcomes are measured and recorded in line with staff continuous improvement plans.
- Provide crisis support to the Indi Kindi team educators, escalating matters with Sydney Head Office when required.
- Develop an annual operational plan for health and wellbeing targets, consistent with meeting key specific performance indicators informed by funding agreements and by organisational strategic priorities.
- Ensure all staff policies and procedures are rolled out to the NT hubs, and are adhered to, including critical incident procedures, in collaboration with the Sydney Head Office (i.e. risk management plans and implementation, mandatory report, child safety etc).
- Identify and support health & wellbeing challenges for the local teams, in collaboration with the Sydney Head Office.
- Contribute to programs review and development of relevant resources for the teams (i.e. developing processes with team educators around implementation plans for local staff to drive health focused outcomes through integrating with community organisations).
Community Stakeholder Engagement
- Support community stakeholder relationships to increase awareness of our programs, engagement of the local families and participation of the children across our NT hubs.
- Work with community organisations to build and expand opportunities for Moriarty Foundation to develop a strong network of advocates for the programs.
- Support educators to connect families accessing Moriarty Foundation programs with community services in the areas of health and wellbeing, education and family support systems.
- Support educators to ensure Moriarty Foundation is represented at Head of Agency meetings and contributes to the calendar of activities delivered for the community, in collaboration with other local organisations.
- In collaboration with the Indi Kindi team educators and JMF key contacts, help anchor Indigenous Local Advisory Groups in each of the NT hubs and assist local teams to build relationships and continuous engagement with the local community.
- Support local educators to plan, develop and implement a range of specifically tailored initiatives (e.g. Community days, Strong Bodies Strong Minds, Camps on Country) which promote diversity, inclusion and cultural awareness, together with the engagement and participation of local community members.
- Complete reports which record outputs and outcomes of stakeholder engagement to be distributed to the Program Director.
- Plan and develop partnerships with key national organisations and partners (e.g. UNICEF Australia, HealthLAB).
- Liaise with research and evaluation partners to coordinate plans, and measure the outcomes of our delivery, ensuring measures implemented are a key aspect of the output across all team members involved.
Qualifications & Experience
- Experience engaging effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or other culturally diverse or marginalised communities on health or community-development-linked projects with a servant-leader mindset.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to adapt language and approach across different stakeholders.
- Proven experience in developing, coaching and mentoring teams, whilst motivating them across a number of deliverables and outcomes.
- Demonstrated experience with managing and supporting diverse staff groups, including the capacity to provide strong leadership and anchoring of staff.
- Demonstrated commitment to gender equality, particularly in relation to women’s empowerment and development.
- The ability to think outside of box, with a solution focused approach.
- A strong networker and confident communicator with demonstrated capacity to develop partnerships, promote service capability and to represent the organisation to external stakeholders in a professional and culturally sensitive manner.
- Demonstrated experience working in both a small busy team environment, with the ability to work independently to achieve outcomes.
- Effective documentation, analysis, recording and reporting skills.
- Competent computer skills in MS Office Word & Excel format.
- Current Australian driver’s license (to include license status).
- Eligibility to receive a State Working with Children check (NT Ochre Card) and National Police Check.
- Desire to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and a commitment to helping create positive change amongst children in Indigenous communities.
- Relevant Tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Community Services, Community Development or similar.
- Previous experience in the not for profit sector or community development environment is desirable.
- Australian Permanent Resident.
Shared accommodation is provided by the Moriarty Foundation for time spent in Borroloola, NT,
with short-term temporary accommodation provided for time spent in Tennant Creek, NT. Also
offered, is a competitive salary, mobile phone and laptop.
To apply please submit your resume and cover letter (max two pages) below.
For further information please contact: Sarah Feltham – Head of Operations & HR – 0404 286 990 / Email: [email protected]