CEO (West Kimberley Empowered Communities)

Job No: 123166
Location: Broome, WA

  • Are you an influential leader passionate about driving positive reform for Indigenous communities?
  • Extremely rewarding opportunity with an innovative organisation, where you can make a lasting impact in the West Kimberley region
  • Attractive remuneration package circa $191,670 including annual return flights and a remote area allowance!
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are strongly encouraged to apply

West Kimberley Empowered Communities

Six years ago, when Indigenous Leaders from eight regions around Australian combined their forces to drive a common reform agenda for Indigenous empowerment, Empowered Communities was born. Led by Indigenous people, for Indigenous people, this transformational reform is a new way of working based on the premise that empowered people set the foundation for empowered communities.

With eight regions spanning the entire country, including West Kimberley Empowered Communities, this widespread reform aims to increase the amount of influence and control Indigenous people have over the decisions that impact on their lives, a goal encompassed by their Organisational Vision:

"We want for our children the same opportunities and choices other Australians expect for their children. We want them to succeed in mainstream Australia, achieving educational success participating and prospering in the economy and living long healthy lives. We want them to retain their cultures, language and identities as peoples and to be recognised as Indigenous Australians"

About the Opportunity

At the forefront of spearheading this national reform within the West Kimberley region and bringing communities together as part of one voice, West Kimberley Empowered Communities is currently looking for a Chief Executive Officer to join their team in the Broome, WA, on a full-time contract basis until 31 Dec 2021.

Accountable to the Board of Directors, you will be responsible for driving a reform agenda with significant opportunity for legislative, policy and practice reform and facilitating a strategy of change to improve outcomes for West Kimberley Aboriginal People and increase the profile of their issues throughout all levels of government.

Your scope of responsibilities will include, but will not be confined to:

  • Liaising with and representing Empowered Communities at the National Level and maintaining an effective working relationship with all relevant Federal/State Departments, ministers and parliamentarians and Regional Empowered backbone organisations/entities while facilitating stakeholder engagement;
  • Maintaining all management/operational responsibilities of the organisation including the implementation of the West Kimberley Regional Development Agenda (RDA) and building a strong working relationship with the Board, especially the Chair;
  • Working closely with the Board/Leadership Group ensuring they're appropriately briefed on relevant priorities, risks and emerging policy issues impacting on the RDA;
  • Ensuring the organisation operates with an excellent standard of financial management and accountability, with regular reporting to the Board; aligning funding to support priorities and needs in the process;
  • Maintaining direct accountability for all West Kimberley Empowered Communities staff, through effective leadership, mentoring and management and facilitating communication at an individual, staff and regional level;
  • Developing organisational policies and articulating them to members, government and non-government agencies and engaging in regional, state and national policy processes including staffing of West Kimberley Empowered Communities organisational positions; and 
  • Providing support to Chairs and Co-Chairs to facilitate meetings and providing regular reports on progress while managing internal systems to collect, store and disseminate information.

About You

West Kimberley Empowered Communities is looking for an influential leader with proven experience in a senior management position, ideally with a background in the community development, social work, or child and family sectors. Importantly, you will have a demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and diversity, and demonstrate previous experience working within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations.

As an influential decision maker, you will be comfortable driving systematic change and developing two-way communication channels at an individual, organisational and regional level. Your ability to build and maintain stakeholder engagement and strategic partnerships throughout the region and across relevant federal/state departments will be critical to your success as you act as the strategic voice for the West Kimberly community.

Operating as the voice for the region, it is important you act on behalf of the inherent interests of aboriginal people and the Board, using your skills as a neutral convenor to facilitate community collaboration that is completely devoid of biased agendas and is aligned with the broader organisation's vision.

Additionally, you will possess a deep knowledge of the social and economic impacts facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly in regards to the systemic issues impacting children, and have a strong grasp of the governance and accountabilities relevant to a complex membership-based NGO.

With proven experience in a senior management position, you will be well versed in the strategic leadership of staff, the development of business and operational plans, the facilitation of stakeholder meetings, management of budgets and the overseeing of financial reporting processes.

Most importantly, West Kimberley Empowered Communities is looking for a visible community-oriented leader who is comfortable spearheading a new reform agenda and dealing with a certain degree of ambiguity to strive to build organisational capacity and progress social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Please Note: West Kimberley Empowered Communities strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position.

About the Benefits

This is an extremely rewarding opportunity to help shape positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and make a genuine difference to the West Kimberley region both now and into the future. You will have fantastic opportunities to develop both professionally and personally in the role while you make lasting relationships with stakeholders at all levels and witness change firsthand. 

In return for your dedication and leadership, you will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration package circa $191,670, inclusive of super and encompassing a range of great benefits including:

  • Remote area allowance (housing & electricity);
  • Monthly mobile allowance;
  • 2 x return airfares to your point of hire; and
  • Fully maintained vehicle.

As part of an empowered organisation, you will experience great job security and the collective support of the West Kimberley region through close collaboration with the Board, regional community organisations, and individual members, as you play a key part in an innovative reform agenda intended to create lasting positive change. 

About Broome and the Kimberley Region

With a rich history and extraordinary natural landscape, Broome is synonymous with the turquoise waters, red pindan soil and white sandy beaches that have draw visitors from across the globe. You can sail, snorkel, or dive in their pristine waters, spot rare dolphins from their wide empty beaches, or adventure through the nearby ancient gorges to marvel at the vast untouched landscapes that make Broome truly unique.

However, there's a lot more to Broome than just tourism - with strong population growth and significant investment in infrastructure, it's quickly becoming a destination of choice for families and individuals who want to take advantage of the area's welcoming and laid-back lifestyle whilst enjoying all of the amenities and facilities of a modern town.

The Kimberley region is located in the northern part of Western Australia and covers an area three times larger than England. Despite its size, it has only three main towns (Broome, Derby and Kununurra) and a total population of less than 40,000. Access to much of the region is by dirt road, air, or sea, but despite this isolation, visitors come from around the world to see some of the most stunning landscapes Australia has to offer, with majestic canyons, dramatic waterfalls and ancient cave systems, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and unique marine life.


Drive reform around Indigenous empowerment and bring together the West Kimberley region as one voice

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