Indigenous Rights Lead

Job No: AIA220
Location: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, Canberra

  • Are you a passionate and motivated Indigenous rights defender? 
  • Be a valuable leader of a high impact team for a leading not for profit 
  • Permanent full-time opportunity for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person based in any of Amnesty International Australia’s Action Centres

 If you’re passionate about Indigenous rights and are looking for a role where you can make real social change, this is an exciting opportunity to join Amnesty International Australia’s Impact team. Our Impact team delivers campaigns to ensure human rights are protected in Australia and around the world. The Indigenous Rights Lead is responsible for driving Indigenous campaign strategy, managing the Indigenous Rights Team, Indigenous issues expertise and to be a key influencer on Indigenous issues within Amnesty International and across Australia.

To be successful in this role you will bring Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage, an in-depth understanding of Indigenous rights including historical and contemporary issues, demonstrated ability to network and communicate with diverse people including decision makers and people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally diverse backgrounds. This Indigenous identified role also leads and inspires our Indigenous Rights Team towards creating change. 

You will be responsible for:

  • Leading and managing Indigenous Rights Team members to develop, execute, report on and evaluate inspiring campaign strategies to influence decision makers
  • Oversee and advise Amnesty International Australia on relationships with Indigenous communities, organisations and individuals to enable active participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the design, delivery and evaluation of Amnesty International Australia's campaigns
  • Provide authoritative and strategic advice and participate in decision making regarding Indigenous rights issues
  • Represent Amnesty International Australia to diverse audiences including public forums, media, governments, and others as appropriate 
  • Strengthen Amnesty International Australia’s internal capacity and knowledge of Indigenous rights issues

Ideally you will have:

  • High level communication, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence including a demonstrated ability to communicate appropriately and effectively, and an ability to work in a highly collaborative internal and external environment  
  • Highly developed analytical skills including the ability to identify emerging issues in public policy debate, and understand their impact on human rights
  • Extensive experience in a leadership role addressing Indigenous social justice campaigning, community development, policy, service delivery or governance areas 
  • Excellent knowledge of international human rights instruments and a human rights-based approach to social justice  
  • Demonstrated experience in and knowledge of Indigenous rights and of relevant Australian federal, state and territory legislation, policies and current issues, ideally with expertise in youth justice
  • Demonstrated experience in or commitment to working with affected communities including experience in community life of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  cultural traditions, histories and protocols, and the diversity of their circumstances

You will be rewarded with generous and flexible working conditions, a fantastic environment working alongside committed and dedicated individuals, the opportunity to be mentored by senior Indigenous and other human rights campaigners and an opportunity to directly contribute to the long-term sustainability of Amnesty International. To view some of the fantastic benefits that you will be offered as an employee, please visit our website.

If this role sounds like you please apply below. You will be required to complete the selection criteria and attach your cover letter and CV. Applications close 5pm AEST 4 December 2019.

To learn more about this role, please view a detailed position description.

Amnesty International Australia considers that being Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under s 42 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT) / s 14 of the Anti Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) / sub-s 35(1)(b)(ii) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1996 (NT), s 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) / sub-s 56(2) of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) / s 41 of the Anti Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas) / sub-s 26(3) or s 28 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic)/s 50 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA).


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at Amnesty

We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of our work, community and partner relationships. We want people to achieve their full potential, which will positively impact on our work and the communities in which we operate. At Amnesty International Australia, our values empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment. We are a movement of people from all walks of life around the world. We intend to actively contribute to building a more diverse and inclusive team.


About Us:

Amnesty International Australia is one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisations. We are an independent, global movement that campaigns courageously for human rights for everyone.

We’re ordinary people from all walks of life, standing together for justice, freedom, human dignity and equality. We use our passion and commitment to bring torturers to justice, change oppressive laws and free people imprisoned just for voicing their opinion.

We’re independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion to ensure we can speak out on human rights abuses wherever they occur.

Every day we move closer to a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.

We stand for equality, justice, freedom, and human dignity and uphold these values:

  • Empowerment - we build people power
  • Persistence - we are resolute in pursuit of our goals
  • Integrity - we hold ourselves to the highest standards
  • Courage - we are fearless in upholding human rights

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