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Program Manager Northern Strategic Projects


Job Description:

  • Opportunity to make a real difference
  • Full time 2 year contract based in Alice Springs, Darwin or Adelaide
  • Salary $146,074 to $159,860 (plus 15.4% Super)
Are you ready for a unique opportunity to have a significant impact on the lives of First Nations peoples? We are seeking a motivated and experienced Program Manager to join our Central Divisional Office at the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation (ILSC). As the Program Manager Northern Strategic Projects, lead the development and implementation of existing and emerging strategic projects in northern Australia including the Savanna Fire Management (SFM) Program.

About Us

The ILSC is a corporate Commonwealth entity established under the ATSI Act and subject to the PGPA Act. The ILSC assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to realise economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits that the ownership and management of land, water and water related rights can bring. The ILSC provides this assistance through the acquisition and management of rights and interests in land, salt water and fresh water country.

About the Role

Reporting to the Central Divisional Manager you will:
  • Create and manage key external strategic partnerships and build networks with key stakeholders in northern Australia to maximise land and sea management opportunities for Indigenous people.
  • Seek new strategic business and partnership opportunities for the northern Australia to ensure ILSC maximises opportunities for Indigenous people in the region, including negotiating co-funding arrangements with other agencies and business partners.
  • Lead the management and delivery of the NT SFM Program consistent with the key level documents, including reporting to the Trustee and providing regular reports to the ILSC Board and Executive.
  • Lead the divestment of the SFM Program from funded projects into ongoing sustainable enterprises including addressing the significant governance and participation barriers for Indigenous people.
  • Manage key external partnerships with the Program Funder (INPEX) and the Trust Fund Manager (Perpetual).
  • Ensure sound financial management of the SFM Program and other projects, including management of costs in line with approved budgets. Develop annual budgets for approval consistent with the program requirements.
  • Lead and oversee due diligence and further investigation processes to assess the eligibility, feasibility and sustainability of potential SFM and other regional projects.
Regular interstate/intrastate travel is a requirement of this role.

At the ILSC we offer:
  • More than just a job. We offer you the opportunity to make a real, positive difference to the lives of First Nations peoples. When we return land and water Country to Indigenous ownership, or fund a new Indigenous enterprise or management project, we strengthen and deepen Indigenous connection to Country and advance progress towards self-determination.
  • The prospect to fast-track your career by working on high impact projects across Australia. 
  • Generous leave entitlements and work conditions, including:
- 15.4% superannuation on top of your salary
- Flexible hybrid work environment (2 days WFH)
- Not-For-Profit salary packaging 
- Paid leave between the Christmas and New Year’s period 
- Access to generous parental leave 
- Training and development opportunities
- Generous Studies Assistance program
  • Health and wellbeing programmes:
- Healthy Employment Scheme (HES) – An annual allowance towards your wellbeing
- Screen Based Equipment Scheme – Includes eye testing and an allowance towards spectacles
- Free annual skin checks

If you have a passion to drive change and want your work to align with your values to make a real difference, we invite you to apply now and start the conversation.
The preferred applicant will be engaged under the provisions of the ILC Enterprise Agreement.

TARGETED VACANCY – This role is open to all applicants, however those who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and meet the requirements and are ranked suitable for the role will be given priority consideration in this recruitment process. 

Applications are to include a current CV and covering letter (covering letter to be maximum 2 pages detailing how your skills and experience align with the position profile). Further information may be requested if you are selected for interview. You must be an Australian resident to apply for this role.

For further information and to apply please visit the ILSC Careers page at: https://www.ilsc.gov.au/careers/

For more information please contact: Mark Anderson, Central Divisional Manager – 0437 430 291 or Freecall 1800 818 490.

Applications close 3 November 2023.

At the ILSC we’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace to ensure our workforce is representative of the communities that we support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply


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Alice Springs, NT, Australia


Program Manager Northern Strategic Projects






Salary $146,074 to $159,860 (plus 15.4% Super)