Chief Executive Officer**

  • Base/Location:Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
  • Reports To:Board of Management (on day-to-day basis to the Chairperson)
  • Hours:Full-time (37.5 hour week)
  • Award:By Negotiation
  • Position Scope:

    The role of the CEO is to manage the operations of Njernda Aboriginal Corporation in line with its commitment to be a community controlled Aboriginal organisation.  The position involves all aspects of the management and administration of the Corporation.  Working collaboratively with service managers, the CEO will provide effective leadership and drive development of existing and new programs and services.

**This is an Aboriginal Designated Position, classified under ‘special measures’ of section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.


Organisational Values:

  • Professional Integrity
    We treat all our people with dignity and respect
  • Quality
    We always strive to do our best and improve the way we do things.
  • Responsibility
    We commit to the actions we take to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
  • Client Focus
    We work toward improving the health and wellbeing of our clients and community.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Understand and promote the philosophy of a community controlled Aboriginal service and need for an Aboriginal health and family service
  • Manage the operations of the Corporation, consistent with the philosophy of Njernda Aboriginal Corporation and the needs of the Aboriginal Community
  • Manage the operations of the Corporation ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and funding body requirements.
  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of all operational policies and procedures
  • In conjunction with the Finance Manager, be responsible for the management of the Corporation’s funds including the preparation of budgets and financial reports to the Board and funding bodies.
  • Ensure the Board is provided with the support information and expertise required to effectively meet their statutory and governance responsibilities.
  • Report to the Board on the overall management and operations of the Njernda Aboriginal Corporations programs and services, particularly their strengths and weakness, opportunities, and threats.
  • Foster positive working relationships with government, funding, and other sector bodies.
  • Work in partnership with other agencies to deliver programs and services.
  • Have a working knowledge of funding sources and position the organisation to take maximum advantage of funding opportunities as they arise.
  • Participate in the work of Aboriginal peak bodies such as NACCHO, VACCHO and LMARG
  • Develop and maintain a positive image and relations between the Corporation and the Aboriginal and broader communities
  • Work collaboratively with service managers, provide effective leadership and drive development of existing and new programs and services
  • Foster a strong team spirit within the organisation
  • Ensure that programs and services are consistent with the Corporation’s philosophy, funding body requirements and relevant service standards
  • Ensure that the Njernda Aboriginal Corporations programs and services are effectively co-ordinated and integrated with outside services and Agencies,
  • Ensure that appropriate systems are in place for employment, supervision, and training
  • Participate in ongoing training and development
  • Always ensure the confidentiality of Corporation and client information
  • Maintain appropriate documentation and records
  • Other duties as directed
  • Act, always, in a professional manner in accordance with the policies and practices of the Corporation.


Key selection criteria:
  • Experience in the development and management of staff and programs within an Aboriginal, community controlled organisation.
  • An understanding of and commitment to Aboriginal Culture
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff in a multi skilled and multi professional team
  • An understanding of Aboriginal health and welfare issues
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Previous experience in financial management
  • Computer skills
  • Understanding and commitment to current Occupational Health and Safety Legislation


Other relevant information:
  • Appointment is subject to a satisfactory Police check & Working with Children check.
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety

Principles and practices are required.

  • You will need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury you know about which could be affected by the described work duties. Under section 82 (7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a pre-existing illness or injury will mean that, if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition.


Wage Classification:

HSUA (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services) Award 2002

All applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume

Written applications should include a covering letter.  Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees and forward to:

Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”

To:                  C/- T.Shelley –  Njernda Board

P.O Box 201

Echuca VIC 3564


All applications close: 17th November 2021

Please check the closing date to ensure your application is received within the specified time. Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).  Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).

All applications close: 15th Nov 2021

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