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Linguist - Director of DRIL Training Program

Do you want an enormously rewarding role supporting the goals of a dedicated not for profit organization?

RNLD is seeking a linguist to become the Director of the Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) Training Program to support the revitalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Now in its ninth year, the DRIL Training Program currently covers three strands, which are delivered to Indigenous participants in communities and workplaces across Australia. RNLD's Flexible DRIL workshops, the Certificates II and III, and the Professional Development Program are highly regarded and have been very positively evaluated by the approximately 600 Indigenous people who have participated in our training. The RNLD and our training activities are currently funded under a four-year grant from the Indigenous Languages and Arts program and through occasional project grants.

Reporting to the CEO, the DRIL Training Director will be responsible for

  • program management - planning, development and management of all training programs
  • strategic development - manage the strategic development of new training initiatives and contribute to the strategic development of the organisation
  • staff management - train and mentor the DRIL training team and Training Support Officer
  • consultation - with Indigenous communities and organisations to identify training needs
  • training - develop and deliver training workshops
  • network nationally and internationally with Indigenous communities and organisations, and with linguists in universities and allied sectors.

The successful candidate will desirably have a higher degree in linguistics (Masters or PhD with a specialisation in Australian languages) and familiarity with the DRIL Training Program. A commitment to working effectively in community contexts with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is essential. Understanding of and experience with the VET sector is an advantage. The appointed candidate will be required to have attained the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment prior to commencing the role, or to complete it in out of work hours soon after appointment.

This part-time (0.8) position is based in our Melbourne (Carlton) office. The ability to travel to training sites across the country is essential. Only Australian residents will be considered for this position. Note that relocation costs will not be provided. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application process

Download the full position description here.

Enquiries may be sent to the current DRIL Director, Margaret Florey, on

Please submit applications by email to by 5 pm AEST Friday 21 April 2017

Applications should include:

  • a cover letter addressing the specific requirements of this position and demonstrating familiarity with the organisation and our programs
  • current resumé
  • contact details for 3 referees


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