Chief executive officer

Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation

Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation (DAC) is the corporate body for the Dambimangari peoples, providing a range of programs for the benefit of the traditional owners which provide employment, business and social/economic assistance.

DAC’s mission is good governance, strong financial management and focused cultural activities will strengthen the independence of DAC people. Values are to create a strong, healthy and economically sustainable community for Dambimangari people.

Closing date: 

5pm, 1 June 2018


Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)


Western Australia

Job category: 

  • Executive

Type of vacancy: 

Full time
2 years with a 2-year extension possible by agreement

Salary and conditions: 

The salary will be competitive and the package includes:
  • motor vehicle
  • district allowance
  • travel allowances

Job description/overview: 

We are seeking a passionate and outcomes-driven CEO to join DAC at a pivotal time in its consolidation and growtht. The successful candidate will drive the corporation to achieve its strategic objectives in accordance with strategic plans, and:

  • ensure a strong governance structure and efficient systems and processes are embedded and operating
  • drive economic initiatives to facilitate revenue-generating enterprises
  • lead a small but focused team characterised by a constructive, collaborative and innovative culture

The role involves the following responsibilities:

  • Be ultimately responsible for the commercial, occupational health and safety aspects of DAC as well as the legal obligations associated with being an Aboriginal corporation.
  • Manage DAC’s native title rights and interests and the corporation's human, physical and financial resources, and ensuring that the culture and heritage are recorded, protected and shared in the community.
  • Provide advice to the respective boards of directors on strategic positioning, economic development opportunities and managing the relationship with the Wandjina Wunjjurr prescribed body corporate.
  • Engage with Dambimangari members and all other stakeholders.
  • Negotiate and represent DAC with all stakeholders whilst maintaining strong long-term positive relationships.
  • Implement DAC’s strategic plan including focussing on developing the core strategic objectives for DAC, access to country, strong governance and enterprise development.

Essential criteria

  1. Leadership, initiative and judgement: Develop and maintain a relationship of trust with the board of directors by demonstrating capability and a high level of personal and professional integrity in business, professional relationships and financial matters. Take personal responsibility to achieve outcomes and deliverables for the organisation. Exercise judgement and decisiveness and identify opportunities for implementing organisational strategies.
  2. Strategic planning and business and operations management: Substantial experience in a relevant senior management position. Ability to achieve organisational objectives through strategic/business planning and management of strategic direction set by the Board. Ability to develop and implement strategic, project and business plans and manage human, financial, information and material resources. Skills in policy development, business planning and ability to plan and direct the implementation of economic development programs.
  3. Financial management: Ability to manage the financial affairs of an organisation, including budgeting, financial management and reporting, and ensuring compliance with legal and funding obligations.
  4. Communication and interpersonal: Ability to take a lead role in communicating in high level meetings, committees and forums within Aboriginal communities, government departments and agencies and corporations including mining enterprises, other Aboriginal groups, the private sector and the not-for-profit sector. Highly developed interpersonal skills including report writing and negotiation skills.
  5. External relationships, representation and management: Ability to cultivate strategic alliances and positive relationships and to effectively represent and advocate and negotiate for the organisation. Ability to represent DAC at high level forums, conferences and meetings.
  6. People management: Ability to promote a work environment that empowers, motivates and develops the diverse talents of all employees, ensures an optimum level of appropriately skilled employees and maximises staff performance. Manage staff performance appraisal and discipline.
  7. Aboriginal ways of working: Understanding and commitment to the principles of the Dambimangari Native Title Traditional Owners. Ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people and communities. Intimate knowledge of Aboriginal cultural diversity and communication processes.
  8. Understanding of relevant laws and regulations: Sound understanding of laws and regulations governing the activities of a PBC. Sound knowledge of contemporary Aboriginal issues, Commonwealth and state policies and programs.
  9. Tertiary qualifications in business, management and/or equivalent experience in a CEO role of five years plus.


Prior experience in senior management of an Aboriginal corporation.

Contact person and how to apply: 

Jennifer Hill, phone 0478 644 114 or email

Please send your résumé and cover letter outlining your specific qualifications, relevant experience and how you meet the selection criteria.

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