Project Officer, Birthing on Country

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Ann Kinnear, CEO | 02 6230 7333 |

Company Name: 
Australian College of Midwives
Position Type: 
Full Time
Circa $75–84,000 per annum pro rata (plus superannuation), depending on experience

About the Australian College of Midwives (ACM)

The ACM is a national, not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to lead the Australian midwifery profession.

The ACM:

  • Advocates for midwives and midwifery;
  • Supports the professional interests of midwives;
  • Advances professional practice and education standards;
  • Provides marketing and communications to advance the ACM Mission; and
  • Ensures good governance and management of the ACM.

The ACM has branches in each state and territory and its activities are predominantly undertaken by professional midwives on a voluntary basis.

The ACM is a small but dynamic team, based in Canberra with two additional offices in Adelaide and Sydney. The ACM provides national advocacy and representation; publications and other services to members; and support to the Board of Directors and other ACM committees. The ACM liaises regularly with its branches in each state and territory and with a wide range of other stakeholders, organisations and individuals.

About the Position

The Project Officer, Birthing on Country (BoC), is an important position within the ACM Head Office team. The Project Officer will provide expert project management services and complete, with a number of teams, advisory groups and external partners, specific components of the Birthing on Country project on time and within budget.

This is an Indigenous- identified position. Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent (pursuant to Section 42 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT).

Project Background

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. has awarded a global grant to the ACM to support the development of Birthing on Country (BoC) in three sites across Australia.

The Australian College of Midwives (ACM), the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM), University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Sydney (USyd) have formed a partnership to develop three pilot sites for Birthing on Country.

The BoC project will project manage the implementation, develop education programs and material and support a national steering committee.

Position Description

Under the direction of the CEO, and in collaboration with the project partners and the National Steering Committee, the Project Officer will be responsible for:

  • Overseeing the completion of the BoC project, communication and project plans and external contracts;
  • Coordinating the work of the National Steering Committee and other advisory groups;
  • Completing specific components of the BoC in conjunction with project partners, staff and advisory groups;
  • Advising project partners and the CEO on strategies and initiatives for the BoC;
  • Developing high-level correspondence, reports, papers and proposals on the BoC; and
  • Liaising and consulting with key stakeholders.

Reporting/Working Relationships

The Project Officer will

  • Report to the CEO;
  • Work cooperatively with staff in the Head Office, the National Steering Committee and other advisory groups as required by the CEO; and
  • Work collaboratively with other stakeholders.

Selection Criteria

The successful applicant will be an experienced project officer who meets the following criteria to a high standard:

  1. Demonstrated high-level written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, including written reports and policies;
  2. Demonstrated high-level problem solving skills and the ability to work in a self-directed manner and collaboratively within a team to prioritise and meet deadlines;
  3. Demonstrated experience in managing and monitoring complex projects and demonstrated project management skills;
  4. Demonstrated experience and skills in liaising and consulting with stakeholders, across a range of settings including government, community, national and local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and other NGOs;
  5. Demonstrated ability and experience in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a culturally safe and respectful manner; and
  6. Demonstrated commitment to workplace safety, equal employment opportunity, equity and diversity.

This is an Indigenous-identified position. Applicants must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent (pursuant to Section 42 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT).

Special conditions

  • The Project Officer may be required to work out of normal office hours on occasion. Flex time is available.
  • The Project Officer will be required to travel.
  • Following confirmation of the employment agreement, the Project Officer will be required to enter into a performance agreement with the CEO.
  • In signing an employment agreement, employees undertake to maintain confidentiality in the conduct of their duties.


  • Tertiary qualification or similar, with documented experience in project management.

How to apply

When submitting your application, it must include the following:

  1. A covering letter;
  2. A statement of suitability against all selection criteria (to be successful, please individually address each of the selection criteria);
  3. A current Curriculum Vitae;
  4. Proof of Aboriginality; and
  5. The name and contact details for 2 professional referees.

Applications should be submitted by email to

Applications close at 9:00am on Friday, 26 May 2017.

Contact details

For inquiries about this position, please contact:

Ann Kinnear, CEO
Australian College of Midwives
Phone: 02 6230 7333 | Email: