Director Engagement and Outcomes, Cultural Justice & Reform Unit

Life Without Barriers

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NSW: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter, NSW: Sydney, QLD: Brisbane
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About the organisation

Every day, Life Without Barriers (LWB) provides support and care to children and young people, as we work collaboratively with families, carers, and communities, to ensure they have the environment they deserve to grow. With a focus on ensuring safety and respect, this is an opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in these young lives and help pave a brighter future.

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose organisation of 8,000 employees working in more than 500 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people, and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers. Join a community of people dedicated to breaking down barriers.

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage applications from a diverse range of people, including those with disability.

About the role

Responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to deliver the current and future Life Without Barriers Elevate RAP’s and is accountable for key aspects of the plan, working closely with executive and senior leaders across the organisation.

Reporting to Chief Transformation Officer Cultural Justice and Reform Unit, you will be responsible for monitoring performance against targets for position accountabilities and for working closely with the executive and senior leaders to provide advice and counsel on strategies to deliver on jurisdictional RAP action plans and targets. You will provide cultural leadership, guidance and support to ensure high quality outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities, partnering with governance groups who actively sponsor and extend Elevate RAP engagement and commitment across the organisation.

We are flexible as to the location for this position and are committed to our employees having access to a COVD safe office environment while enabling flexible work options.

About you

To succeed in this position, you will be a knowledge holder and storyteller that develops an aspirational and innovative approach to our reconciliation commitment that is informed and co-led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. You will advocate for recognition and reconciliation at a national level and by enabling colleagues to build knowledge, share stories, and engaging with staff create opportunities to contribute to the reconciliation conversation and achieving the current and future RAP’s; and, to contributing to an Australia that takes meaningful action on reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people.

You will model an approach that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples will to be at the forefront of, and leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business through empowering and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues to lead/co-lead and engage in the current and future RAP conversations and deliverables.

Applicants must be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, self-identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander person and be accepted by their community as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person.

Skills and experience

  • Proven RAP or project management experience, within a cultural context.
  • Extensive knowledge and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols. Understanding of issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in contemporary society and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislative and regulatory environment for areas of business responsibility.
  • Understanding of, and experience in facilitating cultural authority, responsibility and cultural safety processes.
  • Leadership skills with the ability to build shared understanding and commitment in a diverse range of contexts.
  • Sound problem-solving skills, and ability to think innovatively, laterally and strategically.
  • Proven ability to present information in a variety of formats and arenas. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of evidence-informed decision making and governance.
  • Excellent written communication skills supporting reporting and the generation of other presentation materials.
  • Tertiary level qualification in the human services, project management, or community development.

You will be required to provide contact details for a cultural referee who can comment on your knowledge of issues impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in contemporary society and your ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The cultural referee must also identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.  

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role).


  • Salary reflective of the importance of this role.
  • A purpose you can wrap your heart around.
  • Generous Salary Packaging benefits - $15,900 per year, tax free!
  • Be part of an organisation that champions diversity, inclusivity, and equality.
  • Discounted private health insurance.

How to Apply

Simply click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact David Meere, Head of Talent & Attraction on or 0418 439 728.

Applications close Sunday 10th of December.

To be considered for and appointed to a position at Life Without Barriers, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a minimum of two (2) doses or hold a valid medical exemption certificate, in accordance with Life Without Barriers Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status during the recruitment process.

We are dedicated to playing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and bring continuity of care and support to our clients. If you are successful, we will discuss with you an alternative to a face-to-face interview.

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