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Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara

A. B.N. 77 261 612 162

PMB 227 Umuwa via Alice Springs NT 0872 Phone: (08) 8954 8101 Fax:(08) 8954 8110

Website: www . anangu . com.au


Manager Anthropology Unit - Umuwa



Manager Anthropology

Position statement

The Manager for Anthropology has the responsibility for managing the Anthropology staff and their daily workload. The Manager ensures that the staff are supported with the resources and training to do their work in a safe and secure manner.

The Manager for Anthropology must manage the team’s administration, time sheets, budgets and daily work plans.

Responsible to

Responsible to the General Manager and the Director of Administration.

Award Classification  

$ 80,000 to $ 95,000

Essential Requirements

  • Formal Post Graduate Degree or Degree in Anthropology or associated field;
  • Fieldwork and research experience with Indigenous people, Demonstrated ethnographic and/or oral history interview field work skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects within budget and agreed time frames;
  • Must have good communication skills be flexible and possess an ability to work under pressure;
  • Have the ability to conduct ethnographic research experience e.g. Interviewing, oral history;
  • Knowledge of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981, and other relevant legislation;
  • Knowledge of the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988 (SA);
  • Knowledge of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage and Protection Act 1984; and
  • Current SA or NT Driver’s Licence.


  • Knowledge of Western Desert ethnography and society.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of community development principles and how community development can be applied in cross-cultural settings
  • Site recording knowledge and experience, site conservation and heritage management
  • Experience with Geographical Information Systems and an understanding of data management practices.
  • 4wd experience – understanding of the Australian bush and associated dangers

Role and Responsibility

  • Conduct the anthropological and research function of Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, with the highest level of professional competence.
  • Independently organise and carry out research field trips largely in relation to land access, development projects and related heritage assessments.
  • Assist in the storage of all cultural heritage research and information carried out by anthropologists and other research agents of Anangu Pitjantjatjara, in a manner that is both culturally appropriate (recognizing the sensitivity of information) and which develops Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara capacity to service the Anangu Tjuta.
  • Assist in establishing, developing and applying culturally appropriate protocols, policies and procedures for consulting with traditional owners in relation to development projects, work and heritage impact assessments, and permit applications for access to the lands, and other forms of consultation.
  • Collaborate fully Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lawyers in order to ensure the instructions received from Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara, as well as legal advice, are properly understood by Traditional Owners and other Anangu Tjuta.
  • Ensure and maintain effective liaison with other Program Managers within the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara organisation.
  • Where requested, design and commission appropriate research in the area of traditional ownership, cultural heritage, and social and economic assessment in relation to APY’s functions under the Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act 1981.
  • Ensure anthropological and other research reports are prepared to an acceptable standard for the purpose of work requirements.
  • Liaise with relevant organisations and individuals; represent Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara in meetings and other forums as required.
  • Work with the Anangu Tjuta to record, protect and preserve sites of significance in partnership with Traditional Owners.
  • Engage in with Anangu Tjuta and Traditional Owners to research, develop and implement projects that have been prioritised by the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Executive board.


  • The Manager for Anthropology is accountable to the General Manager and the Director of Administration.
  • The Manager for Anthropology is accountable for the planning development and management of Anthropological, consultation and liaison staff and the efficient deployment consultation services
  • The Manager for Anthropology is responsible for the delivery of section seven (7) of the APY land Rights Act;
  • Consult fully with Traditional Owners and other Anangu Tjuta in all matters relating to the use of Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, in order to ensure the acceptability and appropriateness of the development projects, in accordance with the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act.
  • Assist the Manager for Stakeholder Engagement in the preparation of grant applications and submissions for APY Anthropology.


  • You must be aware of and comply with the APY Financial delegation schedule. You will be required to successfully complete the Financial Manual Training;
  • You have no identified delegation under the APY Land Rights Act, 1981.

Qualifications, Education and Experience

  • Post Graduate Degree or Degree in Anthropology or associated field;
  • Experienced managing and working with Remote English Second Language Aboriginal people;
  • Demonstrated experienced in conducting ethnographic research and/or oral history interview field


  • A brief letter of application addressing the items under Qualifications, Skills and Experience is to be marked ‘Confidential’ and faxed, posted or emailed to the address below.
  • Applicants must include curriculum vitae detailing qualifications, experience, employment history and other details relevant to position description.
  • Applicants must provide the names and contact details of two professional and one personal referee. Referees will be contacted, if required, during the assessment and recruitment process.
  • Applications are to be received by email, post, or fax
  • Applications will be assessed and applicants will be short-listed for interview by phone or in person.
  • The successful applicant will be requested to apply for a Police Certification Certificate through the SA Police prior to commencement in the position.  
  • Self-contained partially furnished accommodation will be available to the successful applicant at a nominal charge.
  • Please forward your application addressing the Selection Criteria and CV providing contact details for three referees to:

Heather McCain

HR Coordinator

PO Box 1053 Alice Springs, 0871

Tel: 08 8952 0781             Fax:        08 8952 7437

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PMB 227 Umuwa via Alice Springs, NT 0872. Ph: (08) 8954 8132 Fax: (08) 8954 8110 ABN: 77 261 612 162