Careers | The Benevolent Society

First Nations Workforce Specialist

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identified role
  • Role location is Flexible – ‘work from anywhere’
  • Flexible working approach - work from home, part time and full time options available
  • Drive outcomes for First Nations employees and candidates!

Who we are:

The Benevolent Society (TBS) has been at the forefront of social change for over 200 years. We are a not-for-profit, non-religious organisation, with a focus on putting people first. Our services support children, families, people with a disability, and older Australians. Our vision is to create a just society where all Australians can live their best life.

The Benevolent Society (TBS) proudly acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia’s first peoples and as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and water on which we live and work, and pays respect to their Elders past and present. TBS’s ‘Innovate RAP’ (Reconciliation Action Plan) details our commitment to reconciliation with Australia’s First Nations people and working towards equality of outcomes. We are on a continuous journey of cross-cultural learning that can only happen through a deep and genuine relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our 2022 employee survey revealed that in general our cohort of over 50 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander employees feel highly engaged and respected at work. We are committed to continuing to build a high performing and sustainable cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander volunteers and employees, and close the gap on First Nations employment.

About the role:

A unique opportunity exists for a suitably experienced person who identifies as Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander to join our People & Culture team in the newly created role of First Nations Workforce Specialist. This role is either full-time or near full-time, and could be an ongoing role or secondment opportunity.

Reporting to the Director, Human Resources, in this role you will coordinate and drive the implementation of TBS’s First Nations Employment Strategy, focusing on outcomes for First Nations candidates and employees in the areas of Recruitment, Retention, Career Development, and Workplace Culture. The role has strong links to our Talent Acquisition function and wider People & Culture function on all matters relating to First Nations roles/candidates/employees, as well as being engaged directly with First Nations staff. The role will work closely with the TBS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Reference Group, which will provide advice and support on the implementation of the First Nations Employment Strategy. The role will also contribute to the formation and implementation of TBS’s Diversity & Inclusion Strategy.

In line with the core focus of this role, examples of some of the objectives of our First Nations Employment Strategy include:

  • Establish a compelling attraction strategy and ‘employee value proposition’ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates
  • Recruit more self-identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, both generally and reflecting our client base in certain areas
  • Increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff in leadership roles through investing in leadership development pathways
  • Identify Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff for promotion and professional development opportunities
  • Continuously improve Human Resources policies and procedures to ensure an inclusive and culturally-informed approach
  • Build the ‘cultural capability’ of all the overall TBS workforce
  • Implement a TBS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘Community of Practice’.

About you:

This is an identified role for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person.

Above all, we’re looking for someone with the experience and capability to transform higher-level goals into practical workforce initiatives that deliver desired outcomes for First Nations people.

A sense of purpose and passion are vital, and because the role relies on partnering with stakeholders to achieve change, effective collaboration and project management skills will be highly important.

Our flexible working policy enables this role to be based in many possible locations, with regular travel to enable face-to-face collaboration.

We envisage this role will be either full-time or near full-time, and could be an ongoing role or secondment opportunity depending on your circumstances.

What’s on offer:

We support people to live their best life, including our employees. A ‘best life’ is a deeply personal matter and can change as life changes. As well as a great career move and the opportunity to make a significant difference in this role, here are a few other things you might be interested in:

  • Salary Benefits – Increase your take-home pay and benefits through salary packaging, a meals and entertainment card, discount program and packaged vehicle. (Refer www.accesspay.com.au to find out more about how this benefit works.)
  • Work/Life Balance - Flexible work arrangements; Ceremonial Leave and Purchased leave.
  • Recognition and Reward - Length of Service rewards; Long service leave after 5 years.
  • Wellness - Accrued day off a month available and fitness passport.
  • Grow your Career – Long-term growth and development are strongly encouraged and supported.

For more information about all that is on offer at The Benevolent Society visit: https://www.benevolent.org.au/careers

Together we can create a just society for all Australians. Will you help us shape the next chapter?

We invite you to Contact Neil Farr, Director Human Resources (0422 832 525), or Michael Currie, Principal Advisor Indigenous Development (0428 133 169), for a confidential discussion.

Apply Now!

To apply please follow the link and submit your current CV along with a 1 page cover letter discussing your reasons for applying and suitability for the role


Position Profile

The Benevolent Society respects and promotes human rights and diversity and is committed to building an inclusive culture. We welcome diversity in all its forms; applications from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged. We value relationships with our local Aboriginal community and welcome applications from its members. We see ability not disability, if you identify as a person with a different ability, please get in contact to let us know how we can accommodate your needs. We pride ourselves on being a client and child safe organisation and as such all our staff and volunteers go through security screening relevant to the role.