Executive Director – Children, Youth and Community Services

  • Base/Location:Echuca
  • Reports To:Chief Executive Officer
  • Hours:Full-time (37.5 hour week)
  • Award:Negotiable, depending on experience
  • Position Scope:

    Make an impact. Lead for change. Break cycles of inequity. This senior leadership position will direct the operations of Aboriginal Children, Youth and Community Services. The services include: Early Years, Wellbeing, Youth And Residential Services ensuring that they operate in an integrated manner designed to achieve and demonstrate clearly articulated goals.

**This is an “Indigenous Only” role under Special Measures of the EEO Act 2010, Section 12.

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is an independent not-for-profit Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, governed by a Board of five Directors. Our primary population catchment is the Echuca and Moama Murray River region with services reaching out to the Loddon Mallee region. Njernda is recognised for leadership in Aboriginal children, youth and community services in partnership with its other services related to family, health, and aged care. We have a strong history of successfully planning, implementing, and evaluating a range of young peoples and wellbeing programs. Njernda employs approx. 150 staff.

Programs under this role include:

Early Years Education– Childcare (Berrimba)
After School Care
Early Years Education – Kindergarten 3 & 4 year old
School Holiday Programs
Best Start Facilitators
Specialist Services – Speech/ Audiologist /
Play group
Dental Health

Community Engagement
Gymnasium (Nyini)
Culture and Tourism
Personal Trainers (Nyini)
Exercise Physiologist

Alcohol and other Drugs
Mental Health Counselling
Bringing them Home
SEWB Access
Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health & Alcohol and Drug)

Baroona residential youth service
School Assistance
Day Program Service
School Holiday Programs
Youth Justice
Homework Club
Youth Support Programs


Organizational Values

Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed
Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
Working to transform the disadvantage and challenge that causes impact on our community
Cultural Sensitivity
Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement


Key Responsibilities

This position will, under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer lead the strategic and operational management of Children, Youth and Community programs.
It is an expectation that the incumbent will contribute to a constructive workplace culture
which engages and develops the talents of staff and provides an excellent service to the Aboriginal community.
• The position requires leadership capabilities to foster a culture of growth and development.
• The director ensures the organisational culture, image and branding is maintained by strong corporate ethics, personally and professionally throughout the organisation. The director should ensure managers operate in accordance with the vision and philosophy of the organisation and develop policy and programs to that end.


Qualifications & Experience

• Qualifications or experience in Youth work or Community Services
• Post-secondary qualifications (e.g., Degree, Diploma) in the field of Child, Youth a, Social Work, Social Welfare, Community Services and or/ Residential Care; or
• Degree/Diploma in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and out of home care), including a mandatory trauma unit of competency; or
• a recognised relevant qualification, plus completion of a short top up skills course.
• Experience in Leading and developing a team
• Experience in program development


Other Relevant Information

• The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least two professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Police Records Check, Working With Children Check, Victorian Driver’s License, and proof of identify and qualifications
• Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety
• principles and practices is 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.


To be Eligible for an Interview

The Applicant MUST address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume.
Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”
To: Corporate Services Manager
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
P.O. Box 21 Echuca Vic 3564
Email trishaw@njernda.com.au
All applications close: February 23, 2023
➢ Written applications should include a covering letter. Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.
➢ 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).

All applications close: 23rd Feb 2023

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