Deputy Director

NT - Department of Housing

Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Job Posted: 10/07/2018

Job Category:

Government / Defence / Management

Job description:

Department of Housing and

Agency Work Unit Aboriginal Interpreter Service

Community Development

Job Title Deputy Director Designation Senior Administrative Officer 1

Job Type Full Time Duration Ongoing

Salary $114,737 - $128,178 Location Darwin

Position Number 51180229 RTF 146068 Closing 23/07/2018

Colleen Rosas, Director Aboriginal Interpreter Service on 08 8999 8371 or


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qualifications, skills, information from referees, etc.) will be provided to other applicants, to


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The NTPS values diversity and aims for a workforce which is representative of the

community we serve. Therefore under an approved Special Measures recruitment plan,

Special Measures

ATSI applicants will be given priority consideration and preference in selection for this

vacancy if they meet all essential selection criteria and are suitable at the position level.

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Primary Objective: Provide professional leadership and management, in accordance with relevant legislation and

Departmental policies and procedures, to enable delivery of effective, high quality Aboriginal interpreting services

through the recruitment of interpreters; ongoing support for interpreters and interpreting services; and through quality

voice recordings.

Context Statement: The Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) has supported accurate two-way communication for the

past 18 years. It is a critical government service with more than 50 full/part time Aboriginal staff plus more than 300

casual Aboriginal interpreters. The AIS has a Territory-wide presence and this position is responsible for the

management of the majority of the regional staff, as well as a range of staff within the Darwin office.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provide staff leadership and management to drive the implementation of the Aboriginal Interpreter Service program

across the NT, focusing on improving the supply of interpreters, the demand for interpreting services, including the

ongoing analysis and review of changing client needs, management of more complex issues and implementation

of key reforms to meet AIS strategies in a changing environment.

2. Establish and maintain effective partnerships with key stakeholders, service providers, Government and non-

government agencies to deliver interpreting services.

3. Prepare high standard, accurate and timely briefs, reports, high level submissions and Ministerial and Legislative

assembly Briefs on operational issues.

4. Identify staff development needs and opportunities that ensure capability exists to carry out operational activities in

an efficient and effective manner and to achieve required performance outcomes.

5. Respond positively to change with a commitment to ongoing improvement and professional development.

Selection Criteria:


1. High level leadership skills with extensive experience in staff supervision and management and proven ability to

provide leadership in a changing organisational and front line service delivery environment.

2. Proven ability to negotiate/consult/resolve contentious issues, with both staff members and key stakeholders within

the Aboriginal community, in a professional and culturally competent manner

3. Ability to translate strategic concepts into operational policies, procedures and practices.

4. Capacity to think laterally and show good judgement, intelligence and common sense in developing solutions

based on strategic analysis.

5. Proven experience in managing within a complex cross cultural environment.

6. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to express ideas clearly and communicate with influence to a range of

internal and external stakeholders and clients, both orally and in writing, along with highly developed negotiation

and conflict resolution skills.


1. Tertiary qualification in relevant field and knowledge of Aboriginal language groups in the NT.

Approved: April 2018 David Alexander Executive Director Community Services