Program Manager Galkangu (Joint Management)


Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation


Bendigo, Victoria

Salary etc:

$92K-96K per annum (depending on experience) + 10% Superannuation

Our Galkangu (Joint Management) Team is looking for an outstanding leader.

  • $92K-96K per annum (depending on experience) + 10% Superannuation
  • Full-time (38 hours per week), 2 years Fixed Term Contract
  • Not-For-Profit Salary Packaging Option available

DJAARA is looking for a Program Manager Galkangu (Joint Management) who will lead the Joint Management Plan (JMP) implementation for DJAARA. This will entail JMP implementation program design, planning and delivering projects and activity outcomes to meet the program objectives, partner and stakeholder relationship management, active involvement in the Joint Management Plan Implementation Team (JMPIT), managing and reporting on JMP implementation funding, contributing to policy development and analysis, participating in state-wide groups and committees, and managing staff.

This role will suit someone with a strong track record in program management and significant experience of engaging with Traditional Owners and government authorities. Strong communication, stakeholder management, organisational and administrative skills are essential. The successful applicant will be required to lead and work effectively as a member of a team, will enjoy flexible working arrangements, and can expect to undertake a wide variety of work across the organisation.

Overview of the Corporation

Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation (DDWCAC) actively works to progress the aspirations of the Dja Dja Wurrung (DDW) community. It is incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) and is regulated by the Office of the Regulator of Indigenous Corporations. Established in 2004, the principal objectives of the Corporation are to:

  • Promote the health and wellbeing of the DDW People; and
  • Protect and promote the laws, culture, property rights and human rights of the DDW People.

DDWCAC is a Registered Aboriginal Party with the responsibility to protect, manage and preserve DDW cultural heritage, including tasks associated with Cultural Heritage Management Plans and ceremonies such as Welcome to Country and Smoking.

In 2013, the DDW People achieved a Recognition and Settlement Agreement (RSA) with the State of Victoria, which formally recognises the DDW people as the traditional owners for part of Central Victoria. The DDW people nominated the DDWCAC as the ‘traditional owner group entity’ for the purpose of the settlement, meaning it holds and manages the settlement on behalf of the DDW people.


  • Lead JMP implementation for DJAARA, including program design elements. 
  • Work positively and productively with Dja Dja Wurrung members. 
  • Active involvement in the JMPIT 
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with DJANDAK, Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board (DDLMB), DELWP, Parks Victoria, and other partners and key stakeholders, to ensure effective JMP implementation. 
  • Manage and report on JMP implementation funding 
  • Lead the design and delivery of projects and activities, to achieve JMP implementation objectives, within timeframes and budgets. 
  • Contribute to the provision of quality analysis and advice to Dja Dja Wurrung senior executives based on a sound understanding of issues and trends in Joint Management and park management. 
  • Influence and drive change with Joint Management and its partners to implement the JMP.

Key Selection Criteria

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  1. An understanding of the importance of Country and culture to Dja Dja Wurrung  People and their recognition as the Traditional Owners of central Victoria.
  2. Demonstrated relevant experience, qualifications and skills and knowledge in program and project management, with a focus on large and complex environmental and/or cultural heritage projects.
  3. Experience working with government authorities (5 years plus) to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
  4. Demonstrated experience (5 years plus) in engagement with Traditional Owners, and community and stakeholder engagement.
  5. Excellent written and communication skills, including experience in negotiation and facilitation, delivering presentations, and preparing plans and reports. This includes the ability to effectively represent DJAARA in state and national forums.
  6. Demonstrated pro-active and creative approach to problem-solving and decision making.
  7. Demonstrated experience leading high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams, while demonstrating high degrees of self-motivation, ethical standards, and personal integrity.

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