Operations Coordinator


Indigenous Desert Alliance


West Perth

Who We Are

The Australian desert is the one of the largest and most environmentally and culturally connected areas on the planet. It has been cared for and expertly managed over thousands of years by Indigenous minds, hearts and hands. Today, a network of Indigenous rangers are sharing information, practices and working together to provide the highest standard of stewardship and care for the desert.

The Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA) is a member-based network of Indigenous land management organisations. The IDA empowers Indigenous rangers managing Australia's Desert Country to realise their social/cultural, environmental and economic aspirations through:

  • Supporting capacity-building events, activities and projects for rangers and ranger teams.
  • Enhancing regional collaboration through a range of multi-partner, at-scale projects.
  • Enabling one strong voice for the desert through our advocacy.

The Role

The IDA Operations Coordinator will play a key role in supporting the successful and smooth delivery of key IDA projects through: project oversight, coordination of support for team members/project activities, reporting, acquittals, budget management and stakeholder liaison. The role will work closely with the Major Projects Manager of the IDA, supporting the coordination and delivery of environmental and cultural resilience projects.

About You

To succeed in this role, you will need to be passionate about working with and for Indigenous people to achieve the best possible outcomes. You will be highly respectful of Indigenous people, culture and their commitment to looking after Country.

You will need to be a highly organised person with the aptitude to prioritise tasks and undertake work in a systematic manner. The ability to follow policies and procedures will also be crucial in this role.

Specifically, you will need the following Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Relevant qualifications or experience in the Indigenous conservation and land management sector, community development sector, not-for-profit sector, in project management or in another relevant field.
  • Experience in the successful delivery of projects that have achieved planned objectives on time and within budget.
  • Experience in roles providing project/logistical support to colleagues and teams.
  • High-level experience in reporting and acquittal of projects/grants.
  • High-level Microsoft Office skills - especially in the use of Excel for project planning.
  • High-level written and oral communication skills to ensure the team and stakeholders are all on the same page.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and the ability to be flexible to meet the challenges of working in a challenging sector
  • Experience in the management of project budgets.
  • Ability to meet project deadlines.

Ideally, you will also have:

  • Indigenous land management knowledge and a good understanding of remote Indigenous social, cultural and economic context.
  • Demonstrated experience in two-way communication and learning.
  • Willingness and ability to travel remotely on occasion.

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