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The History Council of NSW (HCNSW) is seeking to employ a


The position is for two days (16 hrs) a week until March 2023, with a possibility of extension subject to funding.

Applications close:  5pm, Tuesday 20 September 2022




The History Council of NSW, Inc (HCNSW) believes that history shapes the present and the future. Through its work as a membership association and peak body in this state for historical organisations, the HCNSW fosters the practice of history in all its forms.

For 26 years the HCNSW has proven itself to be well-governed and relevant to its members, a supportive partner to many of the major cultural and academic institutions in NSW, and a positive force in the wider community, providing programs and services which showcase excellence and build capacity within the history sector.

Funded by an annual operational grant from Create NSW, the HCNSW has received funding to enable the fixed-term employment of a Project Officer until March 2023.  It is hoped that this position will continue after that time, funding permitting.

A key strategic goal in our current Business Plan is to “recognise the diversity of historical perspectives, including those of First Nations peoples, and encourage excellence in historical practice” as well as “(To) Increase knowledge & understanding of the different forms of Historic Practice”. To achieve this goal we are seeking to employ a Project Officer who will develop a program of activities that consolidates our work on First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) histories and complements our current initiatives. 



An exciting opportunity exists for a Project Officer to join our small, but passionate team which is based in Sydney, but currently working from home. Flexible work location is negotiable, but access to internet, giving the ability to work online is essential.  

The Project Officer is accountable for reviewing, researching, recommending and producing First Nations programs for HCNSW Members and general audiences. The Project Officer works to establish and coordinate key partnerships to ensure effective program management and delivery.

Duties and desired outcomes of the Project Officer role will include:

In liaison with HCNSW Staff, Councillors & HCNSW First Nations Advisory Council Members:

  • Review the 2022 program of events and identify opportunities for First Nations involvement or current barriers to participation;
  • Research & recommend new/additional event/content ideas to be produced in 2022 & 2023 (eg Workshops, Seminars, Talks given by First Nations historians in collaboration with our cultural partners);
  • Research and produce new First Nations programs for HCNSW members (eg Historical research and Internships with a First Nations focus);
  • Create and expand networks between the HCNSW, its partner organisations and the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities with a view to embedding a First Nations voice and perspective into the future operations of the HCNSW;
  • Evaluate program outcomes.


ABOUT YOU (Essential Criteria)

You have extensive lived experience researching and coordinating event programs, including program development, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation. You are able to communicate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities and you have a strong understanding and working knowledge of the diverse circumstances and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly in the state of New South Wales. You have a proven experience in project management, and you are able to maintain positive public relations with colleagues, external stakeholders and partners. 


Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported and empowered.   

These include:

  • Doing meaningful work that will help illuminate community understanding of First Nations histories 
  • Flexible work environment – we focus on output not hours 
  • Location – the successful candidate will be resident in New South Wales and have access to internet services to conduct video meetings (HCNSW will provide relevant digital equipment and a modem)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for this position. 



If this opportunity appeals to you and suits your skills, we would love to have a confidential conversation with you. Please reach out to our Executive & Strategic Development Officer Please note that applications and Resumes will not be considered through this email address.


Please fill out the application form via the button above, which includes the selection criteria.  Include the following attachments:

  1. A brief cover letter (do not address the selection criteria in this letter – please address it in the online form).
  2. A Resume

Referees – contact details of referees must be submitted within the online application form.

Applicants are advised that the HCNSW reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures. 


If you have further enquiries about this role or the application process after reviewing the application form, please contact Catherine Shirley, Executive & Strategic Development Officer of the HCNSW, at

Find out more about us or download our 2021 Annual Report.



This employment opportunity is supported by
a the NSW Government through Create NSW.