Engineering on Country Program Manager
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EWB is working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to deliver technical and employment solutions that are appropriate and sustainable.

‘Engineers Without Borders’ vision for a reconciled Australia is of a nation whose past is acknowledged, shared, taught and understood both as a common history and a contemporary reality. We look in hope to seeing a nation that celebrates the wide variety, complexity and value of the many cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We envisage a future Australia in which allAustralians are proud of having worked together to overcome the inequalities currently experienced by Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples in terms of life expectancy, health, education, meaningful employment, justice and self-determination.’

–Engineers Without Borders Australia, 2013-2015 Reconciliation Action Plan

The Engineering on Country Program Manager will update and refresh EWB’s strategic plan to strengthen technical skills, employment opportunities and technological solutions to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities across Australia have essential access to services, infrastructure and livelihood opportunities. This will include engaging advisory support, support learning across the EWB membership, and strengthening key partnerships. The successful candidate with work with EWB’s staff, members and partners (community, corporate and education) across Australia. A significant level of travel will be required initially to establish new and build upon existing relationships with key stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement EWB’s Engineering on Country strategy, building on existing knowledge, experience and partnerships within our Board, staff, members and partners
  • Design and deliver EWB’s Engineering on Country program, including scoping new program and funding opportunities
  • Lead and embed the ReconciliationAction Plan across the organisation and chapters, ensuring that EWB is anenvironment that welcomes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and history
  • Establish and strengthen important relationshipsto deliver strong community results
  • Enable EWB as a leader and advocate of engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the engineering and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sector.


Selection Criteria

The position has been identified as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander position in accordance with the provisions of Section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (VIC). Applicants for this position must be of Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander descent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and being accepted in the community as such.


  • Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and organisations and extensive networks and community connections
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in participatory program design, strategic planningand delivery
  • Experience brokering and managing complex partnerships across community, corporate and industry sectors, balancing dynamics and facilitating effective outcomes
  • Partnership and stakeholder management across engineering / technical and related sectors, government, businesses and the community  


Knowledge and skills

  • Tertiary Qualification in STEM/Engineering related disciplines; Social Sciences; Community Development and/or other relevant field or similar depth of experience
  • Knowledge of the for-purpose sector in programs related to strengthening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities:  able to demonstrate understanding and experience of the key opportunities and challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and the programs that support this
  • Contextual understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanderperspectives: knowledge of issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in urban, regional and remote communities and awareness of strategies to support them to achieve their aspirations
  • Knowledge of the engineering and technical sector: including education pathways, structure of development, design, construction and operations of engineering projects in Australia
  • Knowledge of community development: specific knowledge in the areas ofcommunity development, human-centred design and innovation/entrepreneurship
  • Community facilitation skills: able to sensitively balance sensitivities and dynamicsand to demonstrate, through experience, the application of respectful partnership brokering and human-centred community development approaches.
  • Communication  skills:  Able  to  communicate, both  written  and  verbally,  in  a way  that engages diverse audiences and builds trust. Able to adjust styles to suit various audiences, including community members, staff, corporate and industry partners, and volunteers.


More information is in the Position Description.


How do I apply?

Please include the following in your application and send to including the following:

  • A response to the selection criteria (no more than 2 pages)
  • A response to the following two questions:
    1. What would excite you most about working with EWB?
    2. How do you think EWB can best support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to achieve their aspirations?
  • Your CV with the contact details of 2 referees (professional/ industry and community)


Applications will be reviewed as they are received. If you have any questions about the position, please email

Engineers Without Borders Australia:

  • celebrates  diversity  and  supports  an  inclusive  work  place.    Please  contact  us  to  discuss any personal assistance required to complete this application.
  • adheres   to   statutory   laws   in   Australia   and   foreign   countries   regarding   child exploitation,   child   pornography   and   the   abuse   of   children.   EWB is   committed   to   the protection of children from all forms of harm. You will be required to sign a Child Protection Code  of  Conduct  and  provide  a Working  with  Children’s  Check  prior to commencement.


Significant interstate travel will be required.