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Chief Executive Officer

Domestic Violence NSW
  • Maternity Leave Contract (6 - 9 months)
  • High profile leadership role at trusted peak body organisation
  • Create impact, positively influencing DFV policy, practice and primary prevention
  • Lead a high performing team working within a social justice, feminist framework

Domestic Violence NSW (DVNSW) is looking for a Chief Executive Officer to step in and lead the organisation, delivering to its 2021-2024 strategy, to cover the existing CEO’s maternity leave.

This opportunity would suit an inspiring, ethical and authentic leader, strategic thinker, persuasive influencer and compelling communicator with experience in the Domestic, Sexual and Family Violence Sector.

The CEO role works closely with the board to fulfil its governance function, whilst taking full responsibility for key management and operational issues. The CEO supervises a highly talented and engaged team, manages multiple stakeholder relationships across government departments, members and other organisations and represents DVNSW and the sector in various public forums including mainstream media.

DVNSW has been through a transformative phase and this contract role provides an exciting opportunity to play a part in the evolution of the organisation as it embarks on delivering to its new strategic plan. The role is varied, with no two days alike, requiring flexibility, agility and energy.

To be suitable for this role you would need:

  • Leadership experience and expertise in not for profit and/or social policy settings.
  • A track record in fostering a positive culture that retains and motivates talent.
  • Strong communication skills including public speaking skills with a demonstrated ability to deliver key messages to external audiences including corporate, sector events and media.
  • Experience maintaining and deepening constructive relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • A strong track record and advanced skills in public policy leadership and advocacy to positively influence government policy processes.
  • A strong commitment to working in social justice and feminist frameworks.
  • An understanding of evidence-based approaches to DFV policy, programs and prevention.

In return DVNSW offers you the opportunity to:

  • Work for purpose, leading a collaborative, hardworking and high performing team.
  • Lead a high-profile trusted organisation that is creating impact.
  • Flexibility around working hours and working from home.
  • Enjoy a bright open-plan pet-friendly office just a short walk from Central or Redfern station.


Women, families and communities in NSW live free from violence, have equal rights, equal opportunities and the freedom to reach their potential.


DVNSW is the peak body for specialist domestic and family violence services in New South Wales. We work to eliminate domestic and family violence through leadership of the specialist DFV sector and the NSW policy environment, promoting best practice in early identification, responses, and primary prevention.



This role will not only lead a team but will take a sector leadership role to enable DVNSW increase its impact for members and communities. This will include working with the leadership team to ensure efficient and effective management of all aspects of the organisation, and that funding contracts, grants targets and measures are achieved including:

  • Bi-monthly board reporting on key accountabilities.
  • Ensure delivery of strategic priorities as defined in DVNSW 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.
  • Regular attendance to government, departmental and NSW Peak body meetings including providing regular briefings and advocacy to Ministers and Shadow Ministers
  • Contribute to and influence policy across all levels of government relating to DFV.
  • Ensure quality service delivery to meet all contractual, compliance, legislative and strategic outputs.
  • Lead strategic communications and relationships to all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Represent and be the spokesperson for DVNSW and its membership in the media and the public sphere.
  • Ensure members’ experience and views are understood and inform relevant representation and services.
  • Ensure effective policy and advocacy campaigns and communications delivery.
  • Line management and supervision of four direct reports.

Please read our attached position description for full details on the key responsibilities of the role.


  • We care deeply about creating a workplace where our team members feel valued, respected and empowered
  • We are committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or life stage
  • DVNSW offers access to Employee Support and Wellbeing Program(s), professional development and mentoring
  • We work hard to create a safe and inclusive environment for all, and most importantly, we're all about creating better experiences – for our members and for each other
  • We appreciate everybody’s contribution and in return offer attractive salary packaging to increase your take-home pay

DVNSW welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, workers of all ages, people with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTIQ+.

PLEASE NOTE: Short-listing of candidates will commence prior to the closure of this role, so please do not delay submitting your application. Enquiries about this role should be directed to Kimme Shaw on admin@dvnsw.org.au, using the subject line CEO Maternity Leave Contract Position or via phone on 02 9698 9777.

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