Chief executive officer

Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC

Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation (YAC) was established as a corporate entity for the three Yinhawangka ancestor family groups – Minatangunha, Jardhunha and Thurantajinha & Wilga (MJT&W). The Yinhawangka people have native title rights to an area based around Paraburdoo in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Paraburdoo lies within the shire of Ashburton and is surrounded by spectacular natural scenery.  
The Corporation will be pivotal in progressing the broader interests of approximately 300 Yinhawangka adults, plus associated children, who reside in the majority of the broader Pilbara region, and in representing the Yinhawangka people in their dealings with government and private industry in general.
YAC very recently achieved prescribed body corporate (PBC) status to hold native title for the benefit of the Yinhawangka people.

Closing date: 

9am, 5 February 2018


Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)


Western Australia

Job category: 

  • Executive

Type of vacancy: 

Full time
Two-year term, with the possibility of a two-year extension

Salary and conditions: 

To be negotiated

The position is based in Paraburdoo, however periodic travel to Perth as well as remote communities in the Pilbara will be necessary. This position is not considered to be 'fly in, fly out'.

A competitive remuneration package, including housing and motor vehicle, reflective of the senior nature of this role and its Paraburdoo location will be negotiated.

Job description/overview: 

We are seeking a passionate and outcomes-driven CEO to join YAC at a pivotal time in its growth and further establishment. This includes the expanding ranger unit and the construction of a substantial YAC office in 2018–19. The longer-term ambition of the community is to develop their own people towards self-determination and roles in management and leadership. Teaching, coaching and sharing knowledge is part of the incoming CEO's role.
The role will include the following core duties:

  • Provide strategic direction, leadership and management of YAC;
  • Lead a small but focused team of professional managers and staff;
  • Ensure compliance with the range of Native Title, Statutory, Legal, financial and contractual obligations;
  • Ensuring that the MJT&W peoples’ culture and heritage are recorded, protected and shared in the community, and becomes embedded in the best practice systems of the Corporation; 
  • Providing advice to the Board of Directors on strategic positioning, governance best practice and economic development opportunities;
  • Oversee the construction of the $4M office to commence mid 2018;
  • Engage with MJT&W community and all other stakeholders;
  • Implement recent trust review recommendations.  

People interested in considering this position should offer:

  • extensive senior-level experience in a leadership role—one that has included multiple and diverse responsibilities
  • outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with a strong ability to effectively engage with the Yinhawangka people and other key stakeholders
  • strategic, operational, financial amd people management
  • sound decision-making skills.

The person appointed must bring a very good understanding of working with Indigenous communities. Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply.

Contact person and how to apply: 

An information package for this role may be obtained by emailing quoting Job Reference LB302080.  Initial telephone enquiries may be made to James Fairbairn on 08 9221 0744.
Confidential applications should be made in Word format to Lester Blades – Executive Search, Selection & Retention at quoting Reference LB302080.

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