Research Project Manager

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: City West Campus, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 30 Nov 2023

  • Research Project Manager in the Gabra Biik, Wurruwila Wutja Research Centre
  • Full time, Fixed term (Feb 2024 – October 2025)
  • Bundoora or Sydney Campus (negotiable)

About the position

Gabra Biik, Wurruwila Wutja Research Centre, the La Trobe University Indigenous Research Centre, is committed to promoting Indigenous leadership, self-determination, and knowledge. Our aspiration is to give back to Indigenous communities, excel in Indigenous scholarship through teaching and research, and establish a culturally safe institution where Indigenous staff choose to work and Indigenous students choose to study.

This fixed-term position is for a Research Project Manager to work in the Gabra Biik, Wurruwila Wutja Research Centre, on a research project to facilitate and create pathways for incorporating Aboriginal land management practices on land managed by government entities, specifically to increase climate resilience and reduce impacts of natural hazards. You will play a pivotal role in connecting and collaborating with Aboriginal communities, Transport for NSW and other government departments, and other stakeholders by forming on the ground relationships with Aboriginal communities in NSW. Your primary responsibility will be to facilitate communication and cooperation among these parties to identify shared goals that promote both Aboriginal community aspirations and sustainable practices related to vegetation management and climate resilience in NSW. You will be responsible for compiling relevant literature on vegetation management from academic and government sources and synthesising knowledge from the Community and from the literature into a framework for engagement with community to support Aboriginal landscape management.

Reporting to the Director of Gabra Biik, Wurruwila Research Centre, some of the duties you will include:

  • Engage and collaborate with Aboriginal Communities in designated pilot study areas to determine processes and pathways for integrating Aboriginal cultural land management into vegetation management within the transport network.
  • Conduct interviews, roundtables and other types of communication to identify tensions, barriers, benefits and enablers for integrating Aboriginal cultural land management into vegetation management within the transport network.
  • Ensure research results are communicated to Community, industry and/or government.
  • Note that traveling to the designated pilot sites in NSW for field work is essential to this role.

Skills and Experience

We are seeking an exceptional candidate with:

  • Experience working with Aboriginal communities in research or project capacity.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultures, traditions, and protocols.
  • Exceptional verbal communication and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including Aboriginal communities and government agencies.
  • Advanced research and analytical skills with the ability to synthesize information from multiple sources while honouring Indigenous perspectives.
  • High level project management skills: the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, initiate and follow-up actions, all with minimal or no supervision.
  • Willingness to travel and conduct fieldwork across multiple locations.
  • Ability to conduct literature searches and write literature reviews

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

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  • 17% employer contributed superannuation
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Discounts for staff and their family members to study a range of La Trobe courses

Closing date: Thursday 30 November 2023

Position Enquiries: Academic Director (Indigenous Research) Julie Andrews Email: [email protected]

Recruitment Enquiries: Senior Talent Acquisition Business Partner, Melissa Magaton E. [email protected]

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • An up to date resume.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

La Trobe University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We take an intersectional approach by actively supporting and encouraging people of all backgrounds and abilities to submit an application and aim to ensure that the recruitment and employee experience is as accessible and inclusive as possible. Flexibility in interview format will be offered to shortlisted candidates.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

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