Chief Executive Officer

Job No: 142799
Location: Croydon

  • Aboriginal Designated Position - only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply
  • Are you an experienced leader, passionate about the provision of high quality services to vulnerable families affected by Family Violence
  • Highly rewarding opportunity with a growing organisation where you can make a genuine difference in the community!
  • Attractive remuneration circa $150,000 - $200,000 plus super, salary sacrificing, relocation assistance and a fully maintained company vehicle!

About the Organisation 

Established in 2006, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) provides a range of services and programs to Aboriginal individuals and families who are experiencing, at risk of experiencing family violence, or use violence. Currently BWAHS is one of 4 Aboriginal specific state funded healing services in Victoria. 

BWAHS has skilled qualified staff and comprehensive experience with culturally safe delivery of child, youth and family services for Aboriginal people. They provide family violence risk assessment, safety planning, case co-ordination and support including referrals to the Risk Assessment Management Panel. They have developed an excellent record for providing high quality family violence and trauma informed Intensive Case Management, Integrated Family Services responses and evidence-based therapeutic programs to individuals and groups for a whole of family approach.

Boorndawan Willam, derives from the Wathaurong and Woiwurrung languages. Boorndawan (Wathaurong) meaning ‘safe’ and Willam (Woiwurrung) meaning ‘house’, combine to create a ‘safe house’. The healing service acknowledges the use of these words in the development of the organisation's name. 

About the Opportunity

To support the organisation during this exciting period of growth, BWAHS is currently looking for a Chief Executive Officer to join their team on a full-time 3 year contract basis in Croydon, Melbourne. BWAHS services the Eastern Metropolitan Region which is a diverse area that stretches from the inner-city suburbs out to semi-rural townships in the Yarra Ranges. We are situated on the lands of the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, you will be responsible for managing the growth and development of BWAHS through leadership that builds a whole of organisation capability, capacity, and structure directly aligned to the organisation's strategic direction to ensure high quality services to vulnerable Aboriginal children, young people and their families impacted by family violence in the Eastern Metropolitan Region (EMR).

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Building professional relationships or formal partnerships with other relevant services and practitioners, to promote innovation and improve information sharing;
  • Identifying, developing, and implementing new initiatives or continuous improvement activities across the organisation;
  • Managing work practices for the health and wellbeing of staff, in compliance with relevant legislation, policy and procedures;
  • Providing budget and resource allocation recommendations, implementing processes or strategies to achieve these targets; and
  • Ensuring evidence based services are in place that measure and monitor outcomes, quality, risk management and performance.

To view the position description and read more about the role, please click here!

About You

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.

BWAHS is looking for someone with proven experience in a management role. Candidates who possess a demonstrated understanding of the issues underpinning family violence and intergenerational trauma in the Aboriginal and broader community will be at a distinct advantage. It is essential that you have demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal organisations, communities, and individuals in culturally appropriate ways as well as with the children and family welfare sector.

You will have a demonstrated understanding of the philosophy and practice of Aboriginal Community Control, and a commitment to working in culturally appropriate ways with Aboriginal organisations, communities and individuals, as well as other children and family welfare organisations.

It is essential that you are able to work effectively with a wide variety of external stakeholders and internal staff, maintaining positive working relationships and feeling confident representing BWAHS in public forums and other relevant events. 

You will ideally have previous experience in growing an organisation and implementing continuous improvement processes, with experience reporting to and supporting a board of directors.

Please note: You will need to hold or be willing to obtain a current National Police Check, Working with Children Check and basic First Aid Qualification.

About the Benefits

This is a highly rewarding opportunity to help grow a passionate organisation that is making a genuine difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of the community, and to see the real impact of your work on a daily basis.

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with an attractive base salary circa $150,000 - $200,000, commensurate with your skills and experience, plus super and salary packaging up to $15,999. Relocation assistance is also on offer, in addition to a fully maintained company vehicle!

As a growing organisation, BWAHS offers fantastic job security, and is committed to investing in their staff, with ongoing training and professional development opportunities, as well as a staff wellbeing program, to ensure you're supported in your work.

Help to create a future where individuals, families and communities can live free from family violence - Apply Now.


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