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Project Manager - Alternatives to Custody DASA

DASA is seeking an experienced Project Manager for a six month project developing & establishing an Alternative to Custody (ATC) facility in Groote Eylandt where clients have access to tailored rehabilitation programs that target risk factors that contribute to interactions with the justice system. This program will be developed and led with a cultural lens, in partnership with the Anindilyakwa Land Council & the Aboriginal Justice Unit (Northern Territory Government).

This role will commence in Alice Springs, or work from home arrangements may be negotiated with the suitable candidate. After the initial induction and planning period, the Project Manager will be required to either reside on Groote Eylandt (preferred), or travel extensively to GE to oversee the project.

There is the possibility of a 12-month extension to this role, with an evolution to the Program Coordinator position, should the candidate prove suitable for the transition.

The Key Responsibilities of the Project Manager are:

  • In collaboration with DASA Management, Groote Eylandt Community Justice Group and the Law, Justice and Rehabilitation Steering Committee, design and develop, a client focussed, therapeutic community model of operation and program delivery that is principled on an appropriate Groote Eylandt cultural framework.
  • Identify services and providers to deliver individual and group therapeutic, psychological. educational, health and cultural programs to ATC clients, as well as develop formalised partnership agreements with such providers.
  • Develop engagement, consultation and communication plans to ensure community and stakeholders are involved and remain informed about the program.
  • Work with the Alice Springs ATC Coordinator to adapt the referral and case management process, taking into account cultural considerations and risk management to suit the unique needs of Groote Eylandt people.
  • Recruit & develop a case management team that will provide person-centred, trauma informed support that aligns with the social and economic future of Groote Eylandt, including working with stakeholders to identify and support employment & skills pathways.
  • Collaborate and work closely with the Aboriginal Justice Unit in the development and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation framework.
  • Develop & roll-out a 6-month non-residential trial of programs and case management for select individuals to test the concept and evaluate capacity and capability.
  • Adapt Alice Springs ATC plans and policy for the effective management of residential operations including the facilities including 32 rooms, laundry facilities, common areas, caretaker / staff residence & office space(s).
  • Prepare for commencement of residential programs.


Qualifications in Project Management and / or Community Services / Development would be highly regarded

Experience / Knowledge / Skills


  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to converse with a diverse range of stakeholders, program participants and fellow staff in a non-judgemental and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Experience in Project Management in the Community Services setting.
  • Knowledge of the harms caused by alcohol and other drug misuse.
  • Deep respect for Aboriginal culture, with a commitment to supporting Groote Eylandt people to maintain their culture, language, land and waters into the future.
  • Experience in remote / regional travel & work
  • Proven experience in developing stakeholder relationships that evolve into mutually beneficial and formalised agreements.
  • Ability to actively engage and lead recruitment processes, with support from DASA corporate services.
  • The ability to work in a methodical and organised fashion while having appropriate boundaries with program participants.
  • A commitment to understanding and carrying out work in a way that aligns with the Aboriginal Justice Agreement and the values of DASA.

Special Conditions

  • A current and valid driver's license
  • National Police Clearance required
  • Ochre Card (Working with Children Clearance) required
  • Smoke Free working environment
  • All employees are required to submit to regular and random alcohol and drug testing by breath, urine and mouth swab analysis.

To Apply:

Submit your resume and a letter of no more than two pages outlining how you meet the requirements of the role.


Inquiries about the role can be directed to:

Jocelyn Dhu

Deputy CEO

0418 663 589

DASA encourages and welcomes applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples. DASA Head Office is on Arrernte Country and acknowledge the Arrernte people as the traditional custodians of the land we work and live on. This role is on Anindilyakwa Land & and we acknowledge and respect the Anindilyakwa people as the traditional custodians of the land and waters this project will take us to.

DASA encourages and welcomes applications from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual + Community. You are all very welcome here.

Job Closes: Midnight 3rd August 2023.

DASA reserves the right to appoint a successful candidate to the position prior to the closing date.

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