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First Nations Associate Director, Early Childhood

Organisation : Social Ventures Australia

Location : Australia

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Community Services, Education & Training

Sector : Children, Community Development, Education & Training, Indigenous

Salary type : Annual Package

About the role

  • New role in SVA's First Nations early childhood initiatives
  • Be part of a major initiative in the early years sector
  • Melbourne based location | Permanent | Part-time (0.8 FT) or Full-time

Who we are
Social Ventures Australia (SVA) is a not-for-profit organisation that works with partners to alleviate disadvantage – towards an Australia where all people and communities thrive.  We influence systems to deliver better social outcomes for people by learning about what works in communities, helping organisations be more effective, sharing our perspectives and advocating for change.
SVA is committed to reconciliation with Australia’s First Nations peoples and to ensuring a culturally safe workplace for all our First Nations employees and partners.  We commit that our work with First Nations peoples, families and communities is aligned with our First Nations Practice Principles.
Reporting to the Director Early Childhood, the Young Children Thriving (YCT) program team is responsible for developing and implementing SVA’s strategy to support more young children in Australia to thrive. Through the YCT program, SVA is seeking to support a shift towards proactive and responsive child and family systems that deliver strong prevention and early supports to see children and their families experiencing a range of vulnerabilities thriving.
SVA and our partners have embarked on a series of ambitious high impact systems change initiatives involving convening and mobilising sector stakeholders, building evidence, incubating innovative models, and advocating for change. A First Nations perspective is embedded within each initiative and one major initiative is dedicated specifically to enabling a thriving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled early years sector. This is currently focused on piloting state-wide First Nations early years peak bodies or intermediaries.
The Position
The First Nations Associate Director, Early Childhood, is responsible for leading the development and implementation of SVA’s First Nations specific early childhood initiatives and to integrate a strong First Nations perspective across our Young Children Thriving program.
This role will provide exceptional leadership, innovation, and strategic advice to progress our goals across the YCT program, working closely with our project partner SNAICC – National Voice for our Children, and other First Nations leaders and organisations. The role will work closely with SVA’s First Nations Practice Lead and liaise with different teams organisation wide, in adapting and implementing the First Nations Practice Principles and components of SVA’s First Nations Action Plan.
Who you are
We are seeking an individual with a background or strong/significant experience in, broad knowledge of, and commitment to, the rights of First Nations children and families, and a solid understanding of issues impacting them. This will be combined with a passionate interest in the value of early childhood development to transform children’s lives and address intergeneration disadvantage and experiences of vulnerability.

You will be recognised for your extensive demonstrated experience in driving innovation and managing complex, entrepreneurial programs of work with complex stakeholder relationships. Ideally, you will have degree qualifications and /or relevant experience in a field, such as Public Policy, Law, Early Childhood, Communications or Social Sciences.  Your depth of knowledge of Australia’s policy settings, effecting systems change and one or more of the key early childhood development domain areas (e.g., health, education, child protection) will be considerable.
SVA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and sees the value of diversity in all of its work and encourages applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We value people of all abilities and diversity of culture, faith, gender identity and sexual orientation. We welcome unique contributions and perspectives of all people to ensure our workforce is representative of the communities we work with and live in.
As a diverse employer, we are committed to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment within SVA and increase access to employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We strongly encourage applications from First Nations candidates.
If you have the knowledge and experience, we are looking for and are excited to join our dynamic team, please submit your CV (max 3 pages) and a statement (max 1 page) addressing the position requirements by midnight AEST Friday 29 October 2021
To find out more about SVA and view the position description please go to   
Short-listed candidates will be invited to a first-stage interview in the week commencing 1 November 2021.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Social Ventures Australia

How to apply


Please quote in application: First Nations Associate Director, Early Childhood via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Community_Services, #Education_and_Training
Sector: #Children, #Community_Development, #Education_and_Training, #Indigenous

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