Closing Date

Sunday, 18 July 2021


Full time


Sydney preferably (to be discussed)

An exceptional leadership opportunity to bring corporate, government and philanthropic organisations together in partnership with indigenous organisations and communities to facilitate indigenous led change through:

  • building local skills, knowledge and experience
  • leadership development
  • supporting reform for example, Empowered Communities

The organisation

Jawun champions indigenous empowerment led by indigenous people for indigenous people. Working with indigenous leaders, organisations and communities, Jawun facilitates long term partnerships between corporates, government and indigenous Australia. The vision and aspiration for lasting, material and measurable change is led by indigenous partners with corporate and government partners providing skills and knowledge to assist place based capacity building.

Since its inception 20 years ago, Jawun has facilitated more than 3,500 corporate and government employees from the banking, management consulting, resources, insurance and public sectors live and work in Indigenous communities in 11 regions across the country, transferring skills and knowledge to accelerate community initiatives and enterprises. Together this represents 17,000 weeks of work.

Jawun also initiates leadership development through its Emerging Leaders’ Program for young indigenous leaders, a reverse secondment program for indigenous leaders in corporates and the Stories of Female Leadership, a network of over 200 women.

In addition, Jawun helps drive important Indigenous-led reforms across areas including education, housing, money management, employment and welfare. One of Jawun’s most significant contributions has been the support of the Empowered Communities movement, which exists to close the gap on disadvantage and rebalance the relationship between Indigenous communities and government.

The role

The CEO is responsible for determining the strategic direction of the organisation, carefully balancing Jawun’s impact agenda with the ability to deliver operational excellence and maintain commercial strength.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A genuine commitment to Indigenous empowerment and advancement, working with Indigenous people, organisations and communities.
  • Experience in working with a board to develop a high-quality strategic plan and a demonstrated capability in the effective implementation of strategic and operational plans.
  • The ability to develop robust financial and commercial plans, and budgets to support the strategic plan ensuring financial strength and growth.
  • An ongoing commitment to a solid theory of change and case for support that will underpin Jawun’s purpose and impact.
  • An inspiring and visionary leadership style that will motivate all stakeholders including staff, the Board, Indigenous, corporate and philanthropic partners, governments and the community more broadly.
  • A commitment to ensuring Jawun’s programs are both high quality and high value for Indigenous individuals, organisations and communities.
  • Have credibility and relationships with Indigenous communities and leaders, new and existing corporate partners, philanthropic partners and relevant local, state and federal government representatives at the highest levels.
  • A commitment to high level advocacy supporting Indigenous empowerment and advancement and ensure Jawun plays a relevant role in the national agenda.
  • The ability to represent Jawun as a capable and inspiring leader.

To apply

People for Purpose have been appointed to recruit for this role.

We invite you to read the position description here and visit the Jawun website here. Once you have absorbed this information and done your own research, if you have specific questions, please call us on 0468 625 252 or email [email protected]

To apply, you must submit a CV and a covering letter outlining why you are interested in representing Jawun and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity.

The base salary being offered is $200,000 – $250,000 + super + PBI benefits.

Applications close 5pm on Sunday,  18 July 2021.

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