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Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre


Key position available in one of Australia’s leading language centres. This is a great opportunity to work in a vibrant and complex linguistic and cultural environment. Be part of a passionate, hard-working team. We are looking for an experienced, motivated linguist who can engage with the community and effectively manage the centre’s language projects. Highly developed linguistic analysis and staff management skills essential.

This is a full-time position based in Port Hedland.

The salary includes a $10 000pa housing allowance and attractive salary sacrifice options.

Applicants should address the selection criteria and attach a copy of a current resume and two referees to The Manager, WMPALC, PO Box 2736, South Hedland WA 6722 or manager AT wangkamaya.org.au by close of business Monday 7 December 2009.

For further information or a copy of the job description and selection criteria phone Nadine Hicks 08 9172 2344.

The Pilbara region of Western Australia provides a challenging and stimulating environment in which to carry out linguistic work. It contains 30 plus languages at varying levels of endangerment, some with over 100 competent speakers, and some with only a handful. Wangka Maya’s base in Port Hedland allows access to the many surrounding remote indigenous communities.

We are engaged in a wide range of interesting community projects, such as mobile phone dictionaries, multimedia language resources, grammars and interactive online dictionaries. We are also engaged in supporting other community and grass-roots organisations in their own language ventures. This is your chance to be part of the crucial work of language documentation, revitalisation and promotion. As Senior Linguist you will have the opportunity to manage a team of linguists and language workers, and to plan and direct the language work of the centre. You will be responsible for the high quality and appropriateness of all products. We welcome your ideas in all these areas.

Port Hedland is the economic centre of the Pilbara, therefore job opportunities for partners are readily available.

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