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Chief Executive Officer - Flexible Location

Living Languages

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the overall strategic and operational leadership of Living Languages including supporting good governance activities, stakeholder engagement, financial management and funding applications and acquittals.

Executive Summary

Living Languages supports the sustainability of Indigenous languages and Indigenous peoples’ ownership of their language documentation and revitalisation. We are responsive to community need, and travel around Australia, to provide training, advocacy, networking and professional development.

We are a passionate team in a dynamic workplace working remotely from various parts of the country: we value open, collaborative relationships, both with the Indigenous language practitioners we support, as well as within our own team. We aim to support self-determination in the design and delivery of all our programs. Our Head Office is currently situated in North Melbourne.

About the role

This is a hands-on position, you will relay strategic direction, provide leadership and manage the operations, people and culture, finances and reporting for the organisation. This role reports directly to the Board through the Chair and other means of recurrent reporting. This role can be based in our North Melbourne (VIC) office or from home anywhere in Australia.

Our small, dedicated team are located across Australia. The CEO will ensure they are equipped and supported to deliver quality training programs and initiatives to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities.

This is a great opportunity to learn, grow and further develop your leadership skills within a community-controlled environment.

We strongly encourage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply.

Hours of work

Flexible part-time role. CEO 0.7 FTE for an initial contract of 6 months (February 2022 - July 2022) with scope to continue beyond, pending funding.


  • Salary of $107,000.00 per annum pro-rata. As listed above, the role occupies 0.7FTE. Gross Salary will be $74,618.42.
  • Work in a small and supportive organisation
  • Work from anywhere in Australia, or from our office in Melbourne
  • Provided with a laptop and computer equipment, as well as professional ICT support
  • Salary sacrifice options
  • Employee Assistance Program


  • Provide strategic and operational leadership to Living Languages’ programs and projects
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors to ensure good governance standards are followed and the strategic plan is implemented
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive information and timely advice on governance and operational matters affecting the organisation
  • Manage and mentor staff to achieve productive, meaningful and lasting employment opportunities which benefit the organisation, the individual and the communities we work with
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationship with funding bodies, key stakeholders and project partners
  • Lead the development and implementation of the organisation’s operational plan
  • Manage program finances, including produce and monitor budgets and expenditure, financial acquittals and audited reports, in cooperation with external accountants
  • Prepare funding applications and performance reports
  • Develop and implement Living Languages’ Policy and Procedure Framework, in partnership with the Board
  • Other duties as required

Essential skills and experience

  • Ability to engage and work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and communities
  • Experience working in a senior management role, preferably with a not-for-profit organisation
  • Experience working with a strong Board of Directors
  • Proven track-record leading people and teams
  • High-level project management skills, including design, managing, monitoring and reporting
  • Financial management including developing budgets
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for a variety of audiences

Desirable skills

  • Experience in using Microsoft 365 programs including SharePoint, Outlook and Teams
  • Knowledge of, or interest in, language revitalisation and maintenance of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander languages

A position description is also attached.

For more information or to discuss the role further contact Living Languages Chair, Mr. Robert McLellan at board@livinglanguages.org.au, using the subject line: Chief Executive Officer - Flexible Location enquiry via EthicalJobs.

A position description is attached.

Applications close Sunday 23rd January 5pm (AEDT).

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