Chief Executive Officer

Job No: 89809
Location: Katherine, NT

  • Use your executive management experience to manage, coordinate, and deliver quality healthcare services to Katherine and surrounding communities!
  • Highly attractive base salary negotiable based on experience and qualifications plus super, generous allowances and salary sacrifice options!
  • Amazing work/life balance, giving you the chance to explore the wondrous Australian outback, as well as return home for holidays!

About the Organisation

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation's (SHSAC) main purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in the region east of Katherine in the Northern Territory using a holistic approach that includes a high standard of medical care, the promotion of social justice and the overcoming of the sickness that affects so many people in the region. This is done through the organisation's health clinics and health education, mixing together traditional Indigenous culture and the best of mainstream medicine.

The Corporation works in partnership with Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN), who provide support services to health professionals and organisation across the Northern Territory. NT PHN offers support and assistance to eligible nurses and allied health professionals who are relocating the to the NT for the purposes of employment.

SHSAC concentrates on priority targets of positive health outcomes and prolonged life expectancy for the “Sun–Come–Up Mob” or Sunrise Way concept.  We have adopted an improved and revitalised multi – disciplinary collaborative team approach which incorporates community engagement, mechanisms for planned health care, treatment of acute illness, emergency response procedures and prevention and management of chronic disease.

Most importantly, the SHSAC approach involves community people taking part in controlling their own health. Everything from financial management and governance, staff selection and service delivery priorities are directed by the organisation's Aboriginal Board and Community Health Committees. The organisation proudly boast ISO 9001 and AGPAL accreditation.

SHSAC provides a fulfilling and stimulating work environment in a diverse range of areas for those seeking a career in Indigenous Health.

About Katherine

Katherine is located about 320km south of Darwin and is the gateway to the north, south, east and west. It is home to the world famous Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park) where visitors are able to cruise or canoe the river or hike one of the many walking tracks. Edith Falls - also part of the Gorge - is a spring that flows all year round and boasts great swimming, camping and picnic areas, and bush walks.

Katherine also holds several parties a year: the annual Katherine Festival is held in August, the Katherine Country Music Muster is held in May and the Katherine Show draws people from throughout the region each July.

Sport is popular in Katherine and there are a number of facilities, including the air-conditioned multi-purpose Henry Scott Recreation Centre, several ovals, a BMX track, swimming pool, skate park and tennis centre, Katherine Motor Sports Club and the Katherine Country Golf Club, which hosts golf, lawn bowls and netball.

Its young population and friendly environment make it a great place for families.

For more information about Katherine, please click here.



About the Opportunity

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation now has an extremely rewarding opportunity for an experienced Chief Executive Officer to join their dedicated, multidisciplinary team, on a full-time basis. 

In this role you will be responsible for the efficient delivery of health and related services to the Katherine East communities in accordance with SHSAC rules, policies, and procedures. You will also provide high level leadership, direction, management and coordination of the Sunrise Health Service activities through the Executive Management Team whose purpose is to plan, develop and implement organisational objectives in a manner that is consistent with corporate governance, reporting, financial and regulatory requirements. 

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

  • Working in collaboration with Board Directors and Aboriginal Health Practitioners (AHP), to identify health priorities and community driven solutions;
  • Building the capacity of AHP’s and other Indigenous staff to provide the highest possible standard of culturally appropriate health care;
  • Working in close collaboration with other organisations and departments, both internal and external to Sunrise to achieve optimal health service delivery outcomes;
  • Managing a diverse team of staff (130 in total);
  • Representing Sunrise Health at state and national forums and meetings including AMSANT, NACCHO, KRAHRS, and other external agencies and stakeholders; and
  • Managing community, stakeholder, and corporate relationships. 

To be successful in this role, you have previous experience in a senior management role and will hold a tertiary qualification in Health Administration, Business, or equivalent. You will also have demonstrated experience in successfully managing and working with staff and clients from a remote Indigenous Community.

The ideal candidate will have highly developed strategic vision, project management, and project development skills and a high level of strategic leadership and governance experience.

You will have a strong understanding of the key social determinants for Indigenous Australians and will have the ability to represent SHSAC at a local, regional, state, and national level. As you will be managing community, stakeholder, and corporate relationships, you need to have exceptional oral and written communication skills. 

While not essential, a background and/or understanding of financial practices and government funding policies will be highly regarded.

SHSAC is seeking a self-motivated leader who displays strong interpersonal and problem solving skills. You will be passionate about the delivery of quality health services in the area and will enjoy working within a diverse community.

Candidates who are open to change, accepting of and interested in engaging with Aboriginal people, and comfortable living in a remote environment will be best suited to this position. 

To be considered, you must be willing to undergo a Police Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencing employment and hold an unrestricted driver’s licence.

Please note: Some overnight regional and interstate travel via 4WD and/or light aircraft may be required.

Applications close midnight 20 June 2017.

About the Benefits

This is an influential 'hands-on' role, that offers you the opportunity to advance your career as part of a highly respected organisation. Your dedication will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration package negotiable with skills and experience. This package includes:

  • 6 weeks leave per year;
  • Up to 2 weeks study leave;
  • Living payment allowance;
  • Salary sacrificing options;
  • Full support from the health team; and
  • Fully maintained vehicle (manual).

Additionally, working at Sunrise Health Service and living in the Katherine region has lifestyle benefits that are unique to the Northern Territory. With Australia's most stunning landscapes on your doorstep and an incredible outdoor lifestyle on offer, the Northern Territory is the place to be to make the most of life’s adventures.

Please Note: to apply, you will be required to upload a current resume as well as respond to the questions below.

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Our Vision - The Sunrise Way.

We will expand upon our commitment to ensure our people “The Sun Come-Up Mob‟, continue to have access to equitable and culturally appropriate primary health care services into the future.

We will build the capacity of each of our communities to enable a health care service that delivers programs for and by Aboriginal people, and to ensure local problems are addressed through local sustainable solutions.

We will incorporate "The Sunrise Way‟ philosophy into how we do business and how we deliver services and focus on the concept of Mind, Body & Spirit to address health issues at the community level”.

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation