Indigenous Rights Campaigner

Job No: AIA130
Location: Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane

  • Play a lead role in developing Indigenous rights campaign strategies
  • Use your extensive research experience and knowledge to partner with Indigenous stakeholders in Australia
  • Permanent full-time role based in either Perth, Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this position
  • Applications open now for an immediate start

This exciting position is responsible for developing strategies to win our Indigenous rights campaigns. You will take a leading role in strategy, lobbying, media and coordination as well as contributing to human rights research, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations. 

Your campaigning skills, strategic insight and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background (or close experience working with these communities) will help us achieve our ambitious goals of reducing the over-representation of Indigenous kids in detention across Australia.

About us

Amnesty International is an independent, global movement that campaigns courageously for human rights for everyone.

We're ordinary people from all walks of life, standing together for justice, freedom, human dignity and equality. We use our passion and commitment to bring torturers to justice, change oppressive laws and free people imprisoned just for voicing their opinion. We're independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion to ensure we can speak out on human rights abuses wherever they occur.

Every day we move closer to a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. To do this, we mobilise people, campaign, conduct research and raise money for our work.

At the Australian arm of Amnesty International we are focused on campaigns to improve Indigenous rights, protect and defend the rights of refugees and supporting our priority global campaigns. 

About the role

The role will provide issue expertise and strategic advice on our Indigenous rights work to our supporters, staff and other stakeholders, making use of a variety of campaign strategies and tactics including research.

The role will focus on campaign development, implementation and coordination, as well as being a spokesperson in the media and other public forums. In particular you will focus on our Community is Everything campaign, which aims to end the over-representation of Indigenous children in youth detention across Australia.
You will have a proven track record in maintaining and developing partnerships with Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations to build and maintain healthy coalitions and networks.  Your areas of expertise will include media and government relations, campaign strategy and project delivery.
This role can be based in either our Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Hobart or Brisbane Action Centres and is available immediately. You must be willing to undertake extensive travel as part of this role, including to remote locations.
Skills and Experience - Essential
  • Proven experience in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations; and experience and ability to develop and implement participatory processes with Indigenous rights holders
  • Excellent knowledge of human rights frameworks relevant to issues of concern to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, including the international legal framework
  • High knowledge of Australian policy and law in relation to Indigenous Peoples both within Australia and Internationally
  • Ability to undertake research for advocacy purposes, including field research
  • Senior level oral and written communication skills, including writing for a range of purposes and audience, public speaking and media
  • Experience with political processes and the role of non-government organisations in achieving change through activism and persuasion
  • Strong work ethic with energy, enthusiasm, and flexibility; proven ability to organise own work, work under pressure and meet deadlines, while balancing team priorities
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse team, including exercising influence and coordinating input from people outside direct reporting lines
Skills and Experience - Desirable
  • Identification as an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander person
  • Proven ability to develop and implement focused and strategic campaign plans designed to achieve concrete and measurable outcomes.
Benefits and Culture 

In return, you will be rewarded with flexible working conditions, a fantastic office environment, and the knowledge that you will be working for an organisation committed to making a difference.  To view some of the fantastic benefits that you will be offered as an employee, please visit our website

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Applications may be submitted at any time and will be assessed in the order in which they are received.

If this role sounds like you please apply below by answering a few short questions relating to the selection criteria for this role, and attach your cover letter now, before it is too late!

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