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Chief Executive Officer – Community Services – Alice Springs

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Organisation : Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Location : NT Regional (Alice Springs)

Work type : Full-time, Contract/Temporary

Sector : Children, Community Development, Community Support Services, Disabilities, Indigenous

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 16 May, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation (Waltja) works with remote families in the Central Desert region to provide services, social enterprises, cultural maintenance and advocacy. The CEO works under the guidance and direction of the Waltja Board of Directors and is responsible for the effective management and implementation of the organisation’s strategic direction. This key role will require someone who can walk alongside the Board, listen to and learn from the board, build trust and deliver on agreed priorities.

Waltja is an Aboriginal controlled, community-based organisation doing good work with families, which is grounded in strong culture and relationships. 

We work in remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities, across nine languages and approximately one-fifth of the Northern Territory. Our members live in over twenty remote communities and in outstations across our service area. 

Waltja’s foundation is the leadership of strong Aboriginal women, our focus on families, and our support for community self-management and self-determination. Whilst we are led by women we employ and work with everyone.

Waltja’s work focuses on the maintenance of culture and language and addressing significant disadvantages and gaps in service delivery for families in remote communities.

About the role

This is a long-term, full-time opportunity (3-5 year contract) based in Alice Springs for a resilient, understanding and highly motivated person to work to a stable Board in a high functioning organisation.  The successful candidate will need to travel to and camp in remote areas of central Australia.

The CEO position at Waltja is identified as a female specific position for cultural reasons and will be working under the direction of senior Aboriginal women.

The successful CEO will have extensive experience in organisational leadership, excellent cross-cultural skills, demonstrated capability in project management and staff management, and highly developed community advocacy skills.  Demonstrated effective decision-making capacity as well as financial management skills and experience in supporting the Directors to maintain good governance are other key aspects of this role. 

Ideally, you will have relevant qualifications in community development, social sciences, education or business management and previous experience living and working in another culture and a willingness to walk alongside people and work in the Waltja Way.

You will be a respectful, understanding and adaptable leader. You will combine practical, pragmatic and strategic leadership with strong community development acumen.  You will be proactive with demonstrated capacity to lead high quality service delivery and leverage funding opportunities in line with the Waltja Board’s strategic direction.

The benefits

This role has high potential for professional achievement in a positive and stable context, along with a personal opportunity to enjoy the unique lifestyle and adventure of Alice Springs.

An appealing salary package (base $148k) will be negotiated with the successful candidate that includes a competitive base salary, superannuation up to 15%, generous leave provisions, relocation assistance, wellbeing and travel reimbursements, salary sacrifice opportunities and more.

For information about the position, how to apply and to request an information pack contact Felicity Blackadder on 0466 647 370 or  

Closing date is Monday 16 May, 5:00pm.  All applicants must address the selection criteria and employment requirements to be considered.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Position Description : Waltja CEO PD Mar 2022 v2.docx (1)

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Chief Executive Officer - Community Services - Alice Springs via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #CEO_and_Senior_Management, #Community_Services
Sector: #Children, #Community_Development, #Community_Support_Services, #Disabilities, #Indigenous


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