Director – Australian Multicultural Health Collaborative

Applications close on 26 March 2023. See full job description here.




The Collaborative is an initiative of FECCA but has its own identity and branding. It has been established to fill a gap in national advocacy about broad multicultural health issues, including systemic racism and demonstrated health inequities which, although highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, have remained substantially unaddressed for decades.

The Collaborative is representative and its membership includes: consumers; health and wellbeing/social care services and practitioners; researchers and research organisations. The development of the Collaborative is guided by an Interim Coordination Group which is reflective of the membership and meets on a regular basis.




The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) is the national peak body representing people from multicultural communities and their organisations across Australia. Through the membership of state, territory, and regional councils, we represent over 1,500 community organisations and their members. For over 40 years, FECCA has proudly worked alongside culturally and linguistically diverse communities, the broader Australian society and the Commonwealth government to build an inclusive multicultural Australia.

At the heart of FECCA’s work is promoting multiculturalism, embodied in equitable policies and non-discriminatory practices for all Australians, regardless of their cultural, linguistic, ethnic, racial, or religious backgrounds. FECCA strives to ensure that the needs and aspirations of various cohorts of Australia’s culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse population are heard by policy and decision makers, as well as the broader public. We work to promote fairness and responsiveness to our constituency in the delivery and design of government policies and programs, and we promote multiculturalism as a core value that defines what it means to be Australian in the 21st century.



The Director position is a new role for the newly established Australian Multicultural Health Collaborative, an initiative of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia.

This is a unique leadership opportunity to bring your passion, skills and experience to lead a new national initiative to advocate for improvements in the health and wellbeing of Australia’s culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse individuals and communities.

You will work with a team of professional and passionate individuals, to build the Collaborative from the ground up in partnership with the management board.

The successful candidate will be strategic, proactive, collaborative, and hands-on with strong communication skills. You are a self-driven problem solver who thrives on the challenge of delivering results and actively seeks opportunities.

Your outgoing personality helps you build and manage effective relationships with your team, members and key industry stakeholders



  • Lead the establishment and evolution of the Collaborative
  • Bring experience and passion for multicultural health
  • Lead the identification of health and wellbeing issues impacting people from culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse backgrounds, development of solutions and provision of high-level policy advice
  • Contribute to the work of the FECCA Health and Ageing Policy Team




  • Lead the establishment and evolution of the Multicultural Health Collaborative to address systemic racism and health inequities in our health system for CALD communities.
  • Maintain strategic partnerships and relationships with CALD health consumers and organisations supporting them, CALD health and social care services, practitioners, researchers and research organisations, governments, and any other relevant public and private sector and community organisations to collaboratively achieve objectives.



  • Manage the provision of support and secretariat services to the Collaborative Coordination Group
  • Coordinate research, analysis and policy development on health issues impacting people from CALD backgrounds.
  • Coordinate regular and routine consultations with Collaborative members, partners, and stakeholders together with other consultations on specific issues with relevant organisations.
  • Oversight the preparation of Collaborative submissions to both government and non-government inquiries and policy reviews.
  • Provide high level and knowledgeable advice to the Collaborative on emerging Multicultural Health issues, together with proposed approaches to these issues.
  • Oversight the promotion of the Collaborative (website, social media, e-news and other products).
  • Manage the efficient administration of the Collaborative.
  • Engaging, collaborating and negotiating with a large group of stakeholders from a variety of settings, community organisations and groups.
  • Communicating confidently and proactively at all levels.
  • Managing a number of projects and deadlines simultaneously.



Essential Criteria:

  • Tertiary qualification or experience in a field related to social, health or public policy
  • Excellent stakeholder management, communication and interpersonal skills, including the capacity to adapt to the needs of a range of audiences
  • Demonstrated understanding or lived experience of issues of importance to people from CALD backgrounds
  • Experience working on social policy programs, or health or aged care service delivery in CALD contexts
  • Analytical skills and demonstrated ability to produce and/or analyse quantitative and qualitative data to develop high-quality reports and advocacy materials and to inform policy.
  • Demonstrated experience in project implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated success in conducting and reporting on targeted and general consultation processes
  • Excellent administrative skills and experience to provide secretariat services to the Collaborative and lead/coordinate the establishment of the Collaborative.
  • Ability to work professionally as part of a team in a positive and supportive manner
  • Ability to work in a fast paced and dynamic work environment, highly self-motivated, self-driven and flexible.


Desired Criteria:

  • Successfully led and managed health related advocacy bodies
  • Demonstrated understanding or lived experience of issues impacting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Previous experience in multicultural advocacy/lobbying, or multicultural community engagement and outreach.
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles of community engagement and co-design.
  • Good understanding of the machinery of government and how to influence
  • Experience managing staff


Personal Attributes:

  • Proactive & self-driven
  • Resilience and the ability to handle difficult situations or change with maturity
  • Excellent communicator
  • Respectful
  • Collaborative
  • Punctual
  • Result driven
  • A contagious positive attitude and good nature



We are proudly an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We also offer a range of incentives to encourage, support, attract and retain staff, including:

  • Flexibility to work between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday as negotiated,
  • A hybrid of in-office and work-from-home arrangements,
  • Generous salary and above market pay
  • Paid birthday leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Additional paid leave during the shutdown at the end of year holiday period
  • Personal and professional development opportunities
  • Flexible and supportive work culture
  • Friendly, fun, passionate, and dedicated colleagues
  • Opportunity to travel interstate


For any query, please contact Christina Ng (Office Manager) on 02 6282 5755 or using the subject line: Director – Australian Multicultural Health Collaborative enquiry