Position Vacant: Director Treaty Policy





 Job Title:                                Director Treaty Policy

Location:                                Melbourne


Prime Function: The role of Director of Treaty Policy is to lead the provision of  advice on the development of Treaty in Victoria and on broader regulatory environment relating to the recognition of Traditional Owners and to contribute to the senior management of the Federation.


Reports to:                             Chief Executive

Employment type:                This is a permanent full time position


Key Duties:

  • Lead and develop advice and advocacy in relation to Treaty and other constitutional, and regulatory matters as required.

  •  Work with the CEO, and in collaboration with the Board, Traditional Owner leaders and stakeholders to develop sound advice and support in advocating and advising government and others on Treaty and other related matters. 

  • Contribute to and work collaboratively with senior management of the Federation and the organisation’s corporate welfare and management to implement the Federation’s policy objectives, including through sound management and practices.

  •  Work collaboratively with other staff to lead and support policy matters, particularly in relation to regulatory frameworks affecting rights and interests of Traditional Owners.

  •  Provide advice and insight on strategy, risk and opportunities for furthering the objectives of key policy areas.  

  • Provide and oversee legal advice including provided through staff and other parties.

  •  Provide leadership, guidance and support to staff of the Federation to manage timely and sound advice to the CEO.

  •  Contribute to the development of the Federation’s policy and advocacy functions more broadly, to enable the Federation to facilitate and promote the rights and interests of Traditional Owners.


Key Skills and Experience


  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas:

o   policy and strategy development

o   law and legal advice

o   negotiation and alternative dispute resolution

o   constitutional, international and comparative legal systems 

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience resolving claims and negotiating Native title, Traditional Owner Settlement or similar

  •  Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience.

  •  Must have a degree in Law and a current practising certificate.

  •  Knowledge and understanding of the political, social and economic issues affecting Aboriginal Victorians and the ability to work collaboratively with Aboriginal people.

  •  Ability to work in teams and experience in management roles.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with ability to work with community groups, government and other stakeholders.

  •  Well-developed project management skills.

  •  A valid driver’s licence.

Closing Date: Friday 29th June 2019