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Indigenous STEM Education Project Officer

Date: 26-Apr-2021

Location: Sydney, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Develop Indigenous STEM Education programs for delivery in regional NSW
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with local Indigenous communities
  • Join CSIRO Education and Outreach and make a difference!


Generation STEM is a $25 million ten-year initiative which works with industry, government and education sectors to support, train and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career pathways. 


CSIRO Education and Outreach is seeking a motivated Education Project Officer to join the Indigenous STEM Education Team. In this diverse role, you will work with the Generation STEM team to develop a suite of Indigenous STEM programs for delivery in regional NSW based on our Indigenous STEM Education Project. 


As the successful candidate, you will play a key role in program design and community engagement in the initial program development phase. In the delivery phase, you will provide guidance, assistance and support to program participants, including students and teachers, and be the main local contact point for program participants. Working as part of a team, you will also develop, facilitate and deliver a range of activities, workshops, and events to promote and support industry professionals, teachers and other stakeholders involved in the program. You will also recruit and liaise with partner organisations and support their participation in the program.


Your knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies, cultures and the issues affecting these cultures in Australia coupled with your project coordination and communication skills and ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders will be critical to your success in this role.


This position is identified – applicants will be required to provide a Cultural Referee as part of their application.  The cultural referee will be asked to support your application in relation to your ability to work with Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.

Your duties will include:

  • Working collaboratively with the team to develop and co-design Indigenous STEM education program elements and establishing delivery relationships at local levels with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other stakeholders.
  • Contributing to the program's strategic and operational planning and processes, including developing a program plan and community engagement plan, and identifying issues and opportunities. 
  • Providing guidance, support and assistance to teachers, students and other program participants using solution-focussed approaches.
  • In collaboration with internal and external program teams, developing and delivering learning materials, activities and resources for program participants.
  • Establishing, maintaining and fostering ongoing and culturally respectful relationships with schools, families, communities and stakeholders.
  • Understanding and following appropriate protocols when working and communicating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Location: Sydney – other locations in NSW will be considered

Salary: AU$85k - AU$96k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term until 31st December 2023

Reference: 73521

To be considered you will need:

  • A qualification in education, STEM, community engagement, project management or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • A demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies, cultures and the issues affecting these cultures in Australia and a demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Experience delivering programs or projects either directly to, or supporting, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including demonstrated project coordination skills and experience in managing multiple priorities with competing deadlines.
  • Excellent stakeholder management, interpersonal and teamworking skills.
  • Good communication skills for a range of audiences and in a variety of formats, including with individuals and groups.
  • An understanding of how to work safely with children.
  • A valid Australian Class C driver's licence and the ability to travel within NSW frequently and interstate as required.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent and have a valid Working with Children Check or the willingness and ability to gain one.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. Diversity and Inclusion Strategy


We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.


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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role. There are also some free text screening questions to address as part of the application process.

Applications Close

23 May 2021, 11:00 pm AEST