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  • Exciting New First Nations leadership opportunity with a growing not-for-profit organisation
  • Based in our Shared Office in Prahran with travel to Alice Springs and Darwin as required
  • $129,962.72 – $137,271.02 based on experience + super & generous salary packaging benefits

About Us

Children’s Ground is a national First Nations not-for-profit organisation. Designed with and led by local communities, and supported by a quality First Nations Australia we are committed to systems change to deliver dignity, justice and equity. Our work focuses on national reform as well as evidencing a new way of working that centres First Nations systems of knowledge and practice.

The Children’s Ground Approach is a whole of community, whole of life approach. We partner with a community over the course of a generation, led by local expertise, vision and intelligence. Together, we create and deliver an integrated system that is centred on learning, development and wellbeing that responds to the child and their family through the key transition points from pre-birth to young adulthood. Our approach recognises the cultural, social and economic strength of communities and builds on this to equip children for opportunities locally, nationally and globally.

We celebrate First Nations children and families and back their vision and talent to transform their communities to communities of opportunity and wellbeing.

With the organisation growing, this position will work closely with the CEO and hold the critical role of leading and oversighting organisational operations, standards, systems and compliance.

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About the Job

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, First Nations leader to join Children’s Ground. This is a position for an outcome driven Deputy CEO with experience in operational management to take the senior leadership role in Children’s Ground based in our Shared Office in Melbourne.

The Shared Office supports our regional delivery, currently in the Northern Territory with intention to scale beyond the NT. The Shared Office function is to provide support to our regional locations to deliver the organisational strategy and the CGA with integrity, quality and continuity.

Bringing a values-based acumen, the Deputy CEO is a senior role that forms part of the Children’s Ground Leadership team. Reporting to the CEO, you will be responsible for the delivery Shared Office operational functions. Working with the relevant Director, Head of or Manager, the Deputy CEO will provide oversight, leadership and monitoring of key organisational functions including:

  • Organisational corporate governance;
  • People and Culture, Occupational, Health, Safety and Environment (OHS&E), and
  • IT and systems
  • Research & Evaluation

The Deputy CEO will be instrumental in government relations to secure grant funding opportunities and influence public policy and systems change.

This role is responsible for the alignment of resources to achieve the strategic plan of the organisation. As a member of the executive team, the incumbent will have the opportunity to directly contribute to the strategy, decision making, and operations development required to build a sustainable and outcomes focused organisation.

About You

The Deputy CEO will be aspirational to help lead and contribute to an ambitious and inspired agenda for Children’s Ground.

The successful candidate will possess a relevant qualification and have substantial experience in a general management position, ideally within a growing not-for-profit organisation located across multiple sites and/or interstate (VIC and NT).

As Deputy CEO you will need to be an innovative and strategic thinker with a proven track record of successfully growing a sustainable organisation immediately and into the future. You will need to work closely with the Executive Team to influence organisation-wide decisions. Your ability to lead, manage and supervise teams and bring the best out in people will also enable you to succeed in this role.

How to Apply

Please apply via Seek where you will be asked to upload a covering letter with a response to each of the key selection criteria contained in the position description, along with your resume.

Applications to be received by 5pm Friday 5 July 2024.

In line with our workforce development strategy, this is a First Nations Identified Position and at this stage we will only consider applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Position Description

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