Job 685

Community Development Advisor - Ngaanyatjarra Lands

Ngaanyatjarra Council (NCAC) is a dynamic organisation representing the interests of approx. 2000 Ngaanyatjarra, Pintupi & Pitjantjatjara people living in 12 Communities in the Central Desert region of WA

 About the role

Ngaanyatjarra Council is looking to employ a suitably qualified person to fill the role of Community Development Advisor based on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.  The CDA will be a dedicated individual who will provide high level guidance and support to the Municipal Services staff in the Community.

Under the direction of NCAC the CDA will provide specific and effective advice on all matters related to the administration of community requirements, ensuring that the policies and aspirations are effectively pursued.

This position will require a highly organised individual with the ability to work strategically and collaboratively with staff involved in the Community Development Program (CDP), Municipal Services, stores/roadhouses and other NCAC staff and programs.

Your key duties will include but not limited to:

  • Manage community staff whether employed by the community, NCAC, Muns or any other body corporate controlled by the community
  • Oversee and assist with the administration of meetings
  • Oversee and assist with the administration of elections, ensuring that Constitutional Rules for elections are followed
  • Provide the Community with regular advice and reports on all project activity
  • In consultation with the Chairman and Community Council members, act as a contact point for the community on administrative matters
  • Ensure adequate reporting and accountability to the Community Council
  • Cooperate with Ngaanyatjarra Services and NCAC in controlling and monitoring all funds by maintaining Purchase Order Books, Cash Books, Assets Register and ensure physical security of cash and records

About You

The attributes and skills required to be considered for this role include:


  • A strong commitment to the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and an understanding of Aboriginal history Culture and contemporary Aboriginal political, social, cultural and economic issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including the aptitude to provide accurate, timely and appropriate services to clients;
  • Well-developed work management, time management and organisational skills including the ability to effectively assign and manage workloads and identify resource needs;
  • High level of judgement, and decision making skills, including the ability to solve problems and resolve conflicts in a sensitive and appropriate manner;
  • Sound team leadership skills including the ability to develop and maintain team cohesion and to translate strategies and plans into actions;
  • High level of oral and written communication skills including the ability to communicate information coherently and concisely in a cross cultural environment;
  • Ability to work extended hours when required and able to cope with living in a remote location, at times with minimal services.


  • Relevant tertiary qualification in management or administration;
  • Some understanding of both state and commonwealth reporting requirements;
  • Previous experience in community management and staff supervision and training, in particular in Aboriginal Communities;
  • Previous experience in the management of municipal and/or essential services;
  • Previous experience in the preparation and management of financial budgets.


This full time position comes with an attractive remuneration package, a total of 8 weeks leave, PBI Salary packaging, $4,333 remote allowance, an annual airfare, accommodation, utilities and a fully maintained vehicle for work purposes.

How to apply 

To apply for this position, please submit a recent resume along with covering letter addressing the selection criteria as required to

For more information:

Sonsee Isaako

Human Resources Assistant

Ph 08 8950 1763