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We're Hiring - Project Coordinator (Champions4Change)

RHDA is looking for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Project Coordinator to join us on a full or part time basis to work alongside our Senior Cultural Advisor, Vicki Wade. Can be based in Darwin or work remotely. 

POSITION TITLE: Champions4Change Project Coordinator

SUPERVISOR: RHDAustralia Senior Cultural Advisor


SALARY RANGE: $87,586 - $95,051


LOCATION: Darwin or negotiable flexible workplace arrangement

CLOSING DATE: 22 January 2021

*This position is designated for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.


 As one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and a leader in global and tropical research, Menzies School of Health Research continues to translate its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

About RHDAustralia:

RHDAustralia supports the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Australia. RHDAustralia is based at the Menzies School of Health Research and is funded under the Australian Government’s Rheumatic Fever Strategy. We work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-focused health services and communities to develop culturally appropriate information to help improve disease prevention and support self- management. RHDAustralia believes that future work in RHD must place people and their values at the centre and deliver solutions that respond to local context. By recognising and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing RHDAustralia is committed to self-determination, empowerment and Aboriginal leadership.

About Champions4Change:

he Champions4Change (C4C) program is a culturally safe support program for people living with ARF and RHD. With support from RHDAustralia, the program is run by people from across Australia with the lived experience of ARF and RHD, designed and led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. The Champions support each other, advocate for ending RHD and design education and awareness programs for those in their own communities.


With broad direction from the RHDAustralia Senior Cultural Advisor, the C4C Project Coordinator will contribute to the conceptual development of the C4C program, using experience-based, co- design approaches, and will implement core components of the program: resource development, training and education and evaluation. The C4C Project Coordinator will build and nurture relationships with the Champions and support them by providing, or brokering access to, the tools and skills they need to achieve their goals and sustain and grow the C4C program.

Working closely with the RHDA Senior Cultural Advisor, and with support from the RHDA team, the C4C Project Coordinator will:

- Document and communicate the C4C model: aims, guiding principles and ways of working, including development of:

  • A suite of documents describing the C4C model for a variety of audiences.
  • Project planning and management documents (e.g. program logic, project plans)
  • Process documents.

- Develop and implement guidelines and processes for the training and education of Champions specifically the micro-credentialing program which provides formal skill recognition including:​

  • Supporting individual and groups of Champions through a micro-credentialing process.
  • Liaising with registered training providers.

- Support individual or groups of Champions by:

  • Establishing and building meaningful relationships
  • Encouraging links between individuals and communities
  • Prioritising their social and emotional well-being
  • Promoting the C4C program through community networks
  • Assisting them to translate their ideas into action including assessing the feasibility of ideas, providing advice and guidance, and identifying resources.

- Organise C4C workshops, education sessions and events including the bi-annual C4C camp.

- Assist with the development of resources to support the C4C program including health literacy, health promotion and health education resources on ARF and RHD.

- Ensure culture is recognised and integrated across all work as articulated in RHDAustralia’s statement of cultural competence.

- Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders including research partners, funders and potential funders including contributing to the development and implementation of evaluation measures.

- Any other tasks as reasonably required by the supervisor, manager and/or Director.



  1. Tertiary qualifications with at least four years subsequent relevant experience (public health, health promotion, health care or education) or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  2. Experience in project design and management, particularly in health, education or community engagement.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of the social determinants of health for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
  4. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a range of audiences including a multidisciplinary team and people from diverse cultures.
  5. Demonstrated experience working in a culturally responsive manner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations.
  6. Capacity to work independently, and as part of a team, with good organisational and time management skills and a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  7. Strong record keeping skills, attention to detail, problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, and positive attitude.
  8. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  9. Experience with basic computer software applications including Microsoft Office Suite and internet browsers.
  10. Willingness and ability to undertake intrastate and interstate travel (sometimes by light aircraft or 4WD to remote communities) for up to 4 days per trip, approx. 6 times per year, generally as part of a team.
  11. Ability to maintain a Working with Children Clearance (OCHRE card).
  12. An understanding and awareness of relevant Workplace Health and Safety as well as Equal Opportunity principles and legislation along with a commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace for all Menzies staff, students, volunteers and visitors.


  1. Training and/or experience in a communications or events role.
  2. Training and/or experience in the delivery of education and training.
  3. Ability to maintain a current Australian driver’s licence.
  4. Knowledge of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

Contact: Catherine Halkon on email:

What we offer:

  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Option to increase super to 14%
  • Attractive salary package and benefits $111,196 - $119,626 per annum salary package (comprising gross salary $87,586 - $ $95,051 per annum, superannuation and salary packaging benefits).

For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit here