CDP Activities Development Manager


BAC is a large and complex regional community development organisation providing services to homelands in the Maningrida region, administering some 50 grants and managing a suite of businesses and programs including:  Housing, Civil Works, Essential Services, Women’s Centre, Djelk Rangers, Barlmarrk Supermarket, Fuel Supplies, Mechanical Workshops, Arts and Culture/Djomi Museum, Good Food Kitchen, Outdoor Supplies, Night Patrol, Employment Services and Money Management Services.

BAC is governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by corporation members every two years.  BAC enacts policies developed at the executive level through the leadership of the CEO and the Senior Management team.

BAC’s mission is to improve the lifestyle of people on homelands by caring for country, preserving language and culture through the delivery of services to improve housing, health, education and roads.

BAC is a values based organisation with an emphasis on: Respect for Culture, Country and each other, Accountability, Teamwork, Continuous Improvement and Open and Honest Communication.  These are principles and behaviours we display when working together.


This position is responsible for leading the work of the Activities & Community Engagement team to ensure effective and efficient service delivery of CDP activity plans, strategies and frameworks.  It also facilitates communication and collaboration between key stakeholders and coordinates and develops program participants. While reporting to the Community Development Program Manager, primary areas of responsibility include:

1.              Lead the development and implementation of a Maningrida CDP Action Plan to develop the skill and capability of local Aboriginal & Torres Islander people to be job ready.

2.              Identify and assess candidates and increase participation program targets by selecting best possible activities and trades to suit job seekers and grow the program.

3.              Design and coordinate events and activities for participants to increase positive experiences and achieve best possible outcomes for the job seekers and the community.

4.              Coordinate and develop activity logistics, scheduling of participant attendance and appropriate supervision of activities.

5.              Continually organise and engage key community stakeholders to develop and agree on joined-up opportunities and activities, identify solutions to barriers and broker sustainable programs of work.

6.              Collaborate respectfully with elders, traditional owners and influential community members to develop targeted and sustainable approaches and meet greatest needs.

7.              Build relationships with external service providers and gain agreement on opportunities for mutually beneficial outcomes for community, participant and program activities.

8.              Lead, motivate, coach and mentor team members as necessary and ensure they understand their contractual obligations through the provision of training and development opportunities.

9.              Ensure the achievement of established benchmarks and performance expectations and perform duties and responsibilities in a manner that reflects and responds to continuous improvement principles.

10.          Achieve all financial targets through the effective management of staffing, budgeting and purchasing of appropriate resources and efficient program administration.

11.          Ensure all activities are compliant with requirements of the WHS legislation and regulations.



1.             Demonstrated success in teaching a range of trades or skills with relevant qualifications and/or significant demonstrated experience in a similar role.

2.             Proven experience to work effectively in culturally diverse teams and in cross-cultural contexts, including excellent relationship building skills to motivate and build rapport with others.

3.             Strong communication, negotiation, assessment and observation skills with an ability to rapidly create understanding to apply new learning.

4.             A proven track record delivering community development programs and community and stakeholder engagement practices to assist vulnerable people to improve their employment prospects.

5.             Well-developed project management, planning, time management and organisational skills to manage competing deadlines, balance relationships and remain compliant within government operational guidelines.

6.             Advanced computer skills including word processing, spread sheets, asset registers and CDP task management database to accurately record, document and report on activity and engagement outcomes.

7.             Demonstrated capacity to prepare quality written reports, minutes, briefings, plain language community information tools and other materials as required.

8.             Comprehensive knowledge and compliance of contractual obligations and meeting different legislative requirements under the Australian and Territory Governments.

9.             Strong mentoring skills and extensive experience in building, managing and motivating teams.

10.         Applied knowledge in continuous quality improvement of systems and databases.


1.       Experience living and working in remote communities

2.       Experience and/or knowledge of Aboriginal culture and communities and how they operate.

3.       Experience working for a community development or not-for-profit organisation.

The salary will include 12 % superannuation and six weeks annual leave. Note that there is NO housing available for this role.

If you have the above skills and experience and would like to work for Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, contact Shannon at the CDP office on 8979 5470, or visit the BAC main office.

Please send your resumé to

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