Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Job No: 142047
Location: Cairns

  • Attractive remuneration package circa $150k including super, motor vehicle allowance and a host of benefits!
  • Relocation assistance provided + 5 weeks annual leave
  • Make a difference on a regional basis and enjoy a change of pace
  • Based out of Cairns Queensland

About the Organisation

Gulf Savannah Development is an incorporated  not  for  profit organisation focused on the economic development of the Gulf Savannah Region. GSD is a dual level organisation. A Board comprising two Local Governments being Burke and Carpentaria Shires as well as Corporate and Business representatives. The Board provides governance and operational oversight and works with the CEO to progress the aims and ambitions of the organisation. GSD also offers membership to a wide range of stakeholders, small, medium and large, whose ethos aligns with their vision and who have a vested interest in collaborating and cooperating to ensure the Southern Gulf region realises its very real potential.·

The organisation's vision is 'that the Gulf Savannah will be recognised nationally as a dynamic region where people want to invest, work, live and play"

About the Opportunity

Gulf Savannah Development (GSD) has a challenging, but rewarding, full­ time fixed-term opportunity for a Chief Executive Officer to provide strategic and collaborative leadership in achieving the  organisation's goals and vision. 

Reporting to the GSD Board, you will be responsible for reinvigorating the organisation, with organisational support, while exercising overall management responsibility for the formulation, then implementation of the Gulf Savannah Development Business Plan. In addition, you will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the operational and administrative functions of the GSD.

You will also be responsible for providing greater visibility to the members of the community and wider stakeholders.

Your key responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

  • Promoting the Gulf Savannah region at all levels of Government, Commerce and Industry;
  • Growing and strengthening the membership base;
  • Developing and maintaining a collaborative and connected relationship with Board members as well as interaction with the wider membership;
  • Adopting a strategic approach for all aspects of regional development including regional investment, business development, social and cultural infrastructure;
  • Managing the development, implementation and reporting requirements associated with the GSD Business Plan;
  • Preparing, submitting and the subsequent acquittals of funding proposals; 
  • Representing and promoting the GSD as an innovative, dynamic organisation; and
  • Day to day management of the operational and administrative functions of the organisation

About You

To be successful in this role, you will have relevant tertiary qualifications in Management, Business, Public Sector Administration (or similar) coupled with strong experience in senior or executive level positions.

While your qualifications and experience will be important to your success, more important will be your ability to successfully build new, and strengthen existing, relationships with a broad range of stakeholders including State and Federal Government officials, industry representatives and the GSD Board.  

GSD is looking for a highly collaborative leader who can hit the ground running. You will be highly analytical and have the  demonstrated  ability to provide high level, best practice strategic advice as you facilitate positive outcomes for all relevant  stakeholders. You will possess the ability to work autonomously as well as be an effective problem solver. In addition, you'll be an active listener as well a persuasive and effective negotiator which  will  ensure  your  ability to find common ground among a diverse range of stakeholders. You'll also have  strong written  and verbal communication skills allowing you to not only effectively communicate, but also read other people. The successful candidate will also have a commanding presence, allowing them to successfully capture a room. It is also imperative that you have a proven track record of submitting successful funding proposals and preparing budget reports.

Computer literacy including experience using the MS Office suite of applications is also essential.

About the Benefits

If you are looking for a change of lifestyle, a new adventure, or to take the next step in your management career, this is the role for you. You will be rewarded with a highly attractive remuneration package circa $150k (commensurate with experience and qualifications) including an excellent range of benefits such as:

  • Superannuation;
  • 5 weeks annual leave;
  • Motor vehicle allowance
  • Relocation assistance to the value of $5000; and
  • Salary sacrificing arrangements.

In this diverse and challenging role, you will be given the opportunity to travel and explore the remote areas of the region, working closely with rural communities to make a positive difference.

About the Gulf Savannah Region

The Gulf Savannah region in north Queensland is an exciting and vibrant area of investment growth and economic opportunity as well as a unique tourist destination.  Extending from the Great Dividing Range in the east, to the Northern Territory border in the west, the Gulf Savannah region covers an area of 186,000 square kilometres - a safari country of golden savannah grasslands abounding with wildlife.

This is a diverse region of developing economic importance with multi-million dollar mining operations, prosperous grazing and fishing industries and strong tourism growth. There are also significant opportunities associated with better utilisation of the region's water resources. All major centres have access to modern telecommunications with mobile phone services, broadband access, road and air access, schools and hospitals.

To read more about the Gulf Savannah Development, please click here.

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