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General Manager Organisational Development: Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ)

Organisation : Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa via People for Purpose

Location : Western Australia (Newman)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : CEO & Senior Management

Sector : Indigenous

Salary type : Annual Package

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa via People for Purpose

About the role

The organisation

Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) exists to work with Martu building pathways to sustainability on a wide range of cultural, environmental, and social initiatives that preserve Martu’s rich cultural identity and contributes to conservation projects of global significance. KJ is a Martu organisation that operates in several Western Australian desert communities. aiming to preserve Martu culture, to build a viable, sustainable economy in Martu communities and to build realistic pathways for young Martu to a healthy and prosperous future.

KJ does not operate with a single CEO, but with three General Managers who perform that leadership function jointly as the Corporate Leadership Team (CLT).  Each General Manager in effect has two roles: specialised, individual responsibility for a key focus of the company, and, through the CLT, contribution to the collective responsibility for the CEO role.

The role

The General Manager Organisational Development (GMOD) is a new role on the CLT and has a brief across the whole organisation.  The role is to lead and help managers and staff at all levels to design and implement ways to ensure that their work is informed by, and remains true to KJ’s organisational culture and its strategic values.

This role is less focused on what KJ does, particularly on a day-to-day basis, and more focused on how the organisation does its work.  It is centrally concerned with organisational culture and capability.

The role of the GMOD is not to be an enforcer of values or processes, but a leader, enabler and facilitator, to assist managers and staff at every level of the organisation to continually learn, to design and innovative methods, to develop strategies, to deal with fluid issues that arise and to conduct processes that help the whole company to work in a harmonious, strategic and Martu-focused way.  This position demands strategic skills, a capacity for innovation and creativity, an understanding of community development and exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

The cross-cultural context of KJ’s work means that all managers and staff require continuous learning about Martu culture and methods for effective cross-cultural engagement to ensure that their work are aligned with and contribute to KJ’s overall mission to build sustainable Martu communities.

This role will be expected to nurture an Action-Reflection ethos and a culture of sharing, respect, and accountability. This role will lead strategies for recruitment, staff support and professional development to ensure they are of the highest quality maintaining KJ as an employer of choice.

Experience, knowledge and skills

To be successful in this role you will have:

• An inspiring and visionary leadership style that will motivate varied stakeholders based on trust and transparency
• CEO/GM experience in an equivalent sized organisation and with the organisation’s level of complexity.
• Experience working in a cross-cultural context with diverse groups and backgrounds is desirable
• Demonstrated experience in building teams, managing people and facilitating a productive and positive  organisational culture
• Experience in working with a board to develop a high-quality strategic plan and a demonstrated capability in the effective implementation of strategic and operational plans.
• An ability to work collaboratively with all stakeholders, staff and other CLT members in a way that empowers and values their skills and experience.
• Lead an organizational learning approach which encourages all staff to seek and give feedback, reflect and learn.
• Promote a culture of organisational and individual responsibility towards the community and the environment.
• Provide staff with development opportunities and coaching and set appropriate standards of behaviour

Personal attributes

• Demonstrated ability to be able to work with people in a cross-cultural context, their communities, staff and other stakeholders
• Demonstrated ability to make decisions and take action
• Reflect and learn from successes and failures and amend practices accordingly
• A genuine commitment to Indigenous empowerment and advancement and a demonstrated  ability to adhere to KJ’s ethics, values and principles
• Show empathy and respect for others
• Be consultative and an active listener
• Demonstrated ability to adapt and respond to change and be tolerant of ambiguity and work well under pressure
• Be a problem solver and use your creative approach to design solutions
• Open to learning and feedback
• Demonstrate integrity
• Promote and defend equal opportunities
• Self-directed
• Be collaborative in your approach

To apply

People for Purpose are partnering with Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa to lead the search for this important role.

If you are looking for an opportunity to use your leadership and management skills and operational capability to co-lead a successful well funded enterprise that drives long-term socio-economic change, we invite you to read the Position Description located on the People for Purpose Website under Executive Search at and visit the KJ website at If you have specific questions, please call us on 0404 630 533 or email

You can apply via the People for Purpose website by submitting a CV and a covering letter outlining why you are interested in representing KJ and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity.

Applications close 5.00 pm on Sunday, 6 February 2022

How to apply


Please quote in application: General Manager Organisational Development: Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #CEO_and_Senior_Management
Sector: #Indigenous


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