Chief Executive Officer

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Contract Type: Permanent Recruitment
Location: Newcastle
Reference: 298706
Contact Name: Ali Kimmorley
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 08, 2021 15:15

Job Description

The organisation

Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council (ALALC) exists to improve, protect and foster the best interests of all Aboriginal people and members within the Awabakal area, which extends from Wollombi in the south, to the Lower Hunter River in the north and across to Lake Macquarie. 
ALALC provides a broad range of services to its members and the broader community including social housing, Elders and Youth programs, cultural education and information, cultural and heritage assessments, archaeological excavations and community representation of the Awabakal people at local events. 
The organisation holds a large property asset base with future opportunity for strategic utilization of these assets that will provide sustainable financial and community benefits for  ALALC. 

The position

The position of CEO requires a strong business management capability, but first and foremost building and maintaining trust with both the Land Council community and broader business community is priority.
ALALC has experienced trials and tribulations over the years, and now with those challenges behind can move forward positively.  The lead role requires both a long-term thinker, but just as importantly, an individual who identifies short term priorities and rolls their sleeves up to make it happen. 
As CEO, reporting to the elected Board of Directors, you will need to be involved in the business and community engagement and be the driver of activity.  Presently, the position is supported by a small team of which we hope to see grow as the Land Council achieves its growth potential.
The CEO will be required to operate under the guidelines and legislation of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) and maintain up to date knowledge of how the Act relates to business operations. 
About you

To become the CEO of ALALC you will be able to demonstrate strengths in the following areas:

  • Be naturally engaging, authentic in your communication and be able to adapt to a diverse audience

  • An ability to improve and ensure a solid base of systems, procedures and policies are in place, clearly communicated and understood

  • Experience in generating revenue through avenues such as identifying and successfully obtaining grants, recommending best use or disposal of assets and creating new income streams

  • Excellent skills and experience in negotiating with various stakeholders

  • Experience in working successfully with a Board and establishing reporting dashboards, agendas and action plans that maintains transparent communication

  • Skills in financial management of an organisation or business unit

  • A strong knowledge and appreciation of local Aboriginal issues

  • An ability to interpret legislation and build practices that support adherence to legislative requirements.  Knowledge of Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) is desired, but not essential

  • Tertiary qualifications in business, or a related discipline.

You will be disciplined in the way you execute agreed strategy and business plans, and proactive in documenting business cases, with supporting evidence, that assists the Board in making well informed decisions. 
This is a unique opportunity for a committed and progressive leader who is passionate about steering this business in the best direction and genuinely being involved with the ALALC community and its members.
Previous Land Council experience is not essential.  You will need to have a hands-on management approach, energy and a demonstrable commitment to the growth and sustainability of Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council.  An authentic, transparent and disciplined approach should be part of your DNA!
How to apply

Initial enquiries can be made in confidence to Ali Kimmorley on 0421 697428.  To request a copy of the position description please email Applications, including covering letter addressing the position requirements listed in the PD, can be submitted by clicking ‘Apply’.  Applications close cob Wednesday 27 October 2021.      
This position is an Indigenous Australian identified position. ALALC considers that being an Indigenous Australian is a genuine occupational qualification under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). 

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