News We are hiring a First Nations co-director for ChangeFest21 based in the NT

September 30, 2020

Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
with a passion for social change?

We are seeking an NT based Indigenous person as co-director for ChangeFest21.



ChangeFest is a festival of change. Local communities lead this process with a strong emphasis on co-creating, taking direction from and empowering, First Nations people.

Each ChangeFest event is designed to respect the unique conditions and values of the country on which it is presented. It is focused on solving immediate problems and putting strategy into action by rehearsing new futures while addressing the wicked complex problems that hold inequality in place.

Part conference, part festival this event is an opportunity for individual and community leaders, service providers, public servants, elected officials, philanthropists, business leaders and committed citizens to come together to imagine, share, learn and collaborate together to address disadvantage in Australia. This is new practice and a developmental challenge. There are growing demands for Systems Change and this is helping to shape ChangeFest events.

ChangeFest began in 2018 in Logan Queensland, convened by Logan Together, Opportunity Child, Griffith University and Collaboration for Impact. It resulted in the ChangeFest statement. ChangeFest 19 took place in Mount Druitt hosted by Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation, Jesuit Social Services and The Hive.

ChangeFest21 will take place in the Northern Territory. The local hosts are currently scoping for a multi-site event in May 2021. The National conveners are the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, La Trobe University Institute for Human Security and Social Change, Health Justice Australia and Collaboration for Impact.


ChangeFest are seeking an NT based Indigenous person as co-director for ChangeFest21, sharing the role with the Director of ChangeFest19 Pippa Bailey.

The ChangeFest co-director will be a qualified and experienced person with a commitment to develop and raise the profile of the impact of place-based work being undertaken in Australia. 

The successful candidate will be passionate about changemaking and will help to develop ChangeFest21. They will have experience in program co-design, community mobilisation, engagement and if possible, have intimate knowledge of systems change, collaboration and community empowerment.

The ChangeFest co-Director will engage professionally with festival sponsors, local host community members and partners, registrants, convenors, media and government officials. The ideal candidate will be experienced in the management of major events, with the ability to deliver outcomes in a timely manner and within set budgets.

The ChangeFest co-director will collaborate and consult with local community and cultural groups and be guided by existing leaders in the field. They will have the creative skills and ability to constructively assist the committee in further development of our vision for the future with a deep appreciation of this event to meet learning, impact, influence and leadership opportunities.

This is a position which will deploy knowledge, skills, networks and relationships in:

  • Engagement
  • Stakeholder management
  • Partnership brokerage
  • Community development and liaison
  • Resource allocation and coordination
  • Collaboration

The ability to manage a project in an emergent, nimble, dynamic context will be essential.  The successful candidate will be supported by others working with the founding partners.

Key tasks

  1. Support the co-design processes to identify achievements to celebrate and the change agenda in each place, ensuring the programs are developed with representative community voices, listening to and privileging local Indigenous Elders and Leaders.
  2. Work with the local hosts, building strong connection to local services and businesses in each place where ChangeFestNT21 is hosted, aligned with ChangeFest principles and aims.
  3. Help to promote ChangeFestNT21 to networks across the NT.


The successful candidate will be a contractor engaged by Collaboration for Impact, one of the founding convenors.

The position will commence in October 2020 and conclude in May 2021 with a break between 21st December and 18th January.

The ChangeFest Co-directors will be present throughout the event and will be required to contribute to an evaluative report and recommendations for the design of the 2022 program and selection of the 2023 host.

It is anticipated the role be equal to 0.2 FTE for six months, with a break between December and up to 0.3 for up to six weeks and full time in the week of the event with flexibility in time allocation to meet the rhythms of the role. It is a 300 hour project costed at $100 per hour.


To apply or ask questions regarding the position, please contact the ChangeFest team at

Your application should include:

  • Cover letter with full name, address, and contact details (mob. phone, email, other applicable)
  • A short explanation of what you bring to the role, and what you hope to achieve in the role (A 3 minute video will be highly regarded.)
  • CV (3 pages maximum)
  • Details of two referees (who will only be contacted with your approval)

Applications deadline 6 November 2020, or when a suitable candidate is appointed.