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About the business

The Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation (EMAC), incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act), is an ‘Agent’ Registered Native Title Prescribed body corporate established to hold, manage, protect and promote the laws, culture and traditional rights, interests and aspirations of the Eastern Maar Traditional Owner Group. EMAC is also a Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) for the protection, preservation and management of Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, per the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, within the EMAC RAP Boundary Areas.

About the role

CONFIRMED HIRE DURING COVID-19 – *Immediate hire opportunity*

We are looking for a dynamic and ambitious leader to take on the establishment of a new business.

Reporting to the CEO, the Mana Developments General Manager will be a founder and co-developer of an exciting new enterprise for Eastern Maar, playing a pivotal role in establishing a new business and service to meet engagement demands for Eastern Maar knowledge, experience, and perspectives.

Mana (meaning ‘Lift up’ in Kirrae Whurrong language) Developments is a is a new venture that will start as an in-house team within Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation with the intention of transitioning it to a standalone, self-sustaining venture within the first 12-24 months of operation. Mana Developments will drive, in consultation and partnership with Eastern Maar Rights Holders, the development of businesses, products, and services from end to end (ideation to market launch stage) that lift the economic prospects and contribute to the economic independence and increased opportunity of EMAC Rights Holders, an aspiration set by the community as part of Meerreengeeye
Ngakeepoorryeeyt, the Eastern Maar Country Plan.

The General Manager will have overall charge of setting and delivering Mana Developments vision, from identifying priority business opportunities, building a team and identifying and engaging with potential clients and markets. 

Key roles and responsibilities include:

Establish, lead and grow a new business.

Report to and work with EMAC CEO, Board of Directors and community members.

Realising EMAC community aspirations identified in Meerreengeeye Ngakeepoorryeeyt.

Skills and experience


– Demonstrated leadership experience in business, preferably in professional services, strategy and/or new business development. 

– Confident communicator with highly developed verbal and written communication skills.

– Demonstrated interpersonal, communication, and facilitation skills, including demonstrated success in engaging and maintaining strong relationships with diverse stakeholders.

– Proven track-record of executing against deadlines and reliably delivering outcomes.

– Experience in managing people and teams, with the ability to clearly define role expectations, monitor performance and develop team members. 

– Strong analytical skills, with the ability to interpret data, extrapolate trends, draw actionable conclusions, frame ambiguous, unstructured information in a logical and structured manner and translate this into operational recommendations.

– Willing to take calculated risks and to purposefully put self in challenging situations where success is not always guaranteed.

– Exceptional project management and evaluation experience and skills, with a particular focus on delivering value and outcomes and an ability to lead and manage multiple, complex work-streams simultaneously. 


– Demonstrated understanding of the regulatory framework in which EMAC operates.

– Knowledge of Eastern Maar people, Country, culture, values, aspirations and customs and experience working with the Eastern Maar people, community and key organisations and stakeholder groups.

– Experience working with Aboriginal people, including a demonstrated ability to communicate and engage sensitively and effectively with Traditional Owner led communities and organisations.

Other Position Requirements 

– The incumbent requires the ability to travel regularly for work-related purposes. 

– A current Victorian driver’s licence is essential. 

– Proficiency in the use of computer and telecommunications technology.

To apply please include in your application a CV/resume and cover letter that addresses why you are the best candidate for this position and how your background, experience and skills align with the Key Selection Criteria.

Please ensure your full name is on all attachments and email your application to

Closing date for applications: 26 November 2021

If you have any queries about the role, please email or call on 0429 569 429

For a full description of the position click this link.

Appointment of the successful applicant will be made subject to a satisfactory national police history check.

Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged, but this is not a designated/identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander appointment.