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Chief Executive Officer

The Westerman Jilya Institute


Ideally Perth based but will be negotiated with successful applicant


  • Full-time, 40 hours per week, six-month probationary period.

Why Jilya:

  • Attractive salary, plus superannuation and salary sacrifice options.
  • Opportunities to collaborate with renowned industry leaders who serve on the Jilya Board.
  • Jilya is currently supporting 55 Indigenous psychology students through the Dr. Tracy Westerman Indigenous Psychology Scholarship program.
  • Founded by Dr. Tracy Westerman AM, one of Australia's top psychologists, Jilya is a leading organisation in Indigenous mental health and suicide prevention research.
  • More than TWO decades of Indigenous mental health and cultural competency data have been donated to Jilya. The organisation is actively engaged in globally significant work that aims to bring about substantial changes in existing systems.
  • Jilya is on the brink of launching a "National Indigenous Psychology Assessment & Treatment Centre."

About Us:

The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health Aboriginal Corporation (Jilya) is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded by Dr Tracy Westerman to address the gaps in culturally informed and clinically validated approaches to improve outcomes for Indigenous peoples in Australia across the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, justice, child protection, and education.

About the Role

The Chief Executive Officer will need to be a highly experienced individual with a strong track record of organisational management in the not-for-profit sector and a demonstrated ability to work in a research and academically focused setting. They will work with the Jilya Board to oversee the implementation and growth of the strategic direction of the organisation, development and implementation of governance requirements, administration, programs, strategic planning, and direction setting of the organisation. They will also be responsible for establishing best practice financial governance and practices with a focus on revenue security by securing grants, donations and operational funding for the Institute. This position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

To be considered for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following essential criteria on your cover letter:

  • Transparent high integrity, culturally informed leadership.
  • High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the Institute’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors and other stakeholders.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the operations of an Indigenous not-for-profit research and mental health intervention organisation and working with a Board of Directors.
  • An understanding of funding sources, including the philanthropic community, and a proven track record to generate new revenue streams and improve financial results and growth.
  • Strong organisational abilities, including financial management skills, planning, decision making, program development, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills (written, verbal and non-verbal) and a demonstrated ability to work at an effective level with Aboriginal communities, organisations and staff.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification preferred, in the health sciences and or business.
  • Values and attributes that align with the vision and goals of the organisation.

Prior to appointment, the successful candidate will require the following:

  • Current C or A class driver’s license
  • Working with Children Check
  • National Police Clearance
  • Verification of no history of Bankruptcy or Disqualification as a Director
  • Up to date vaccinations
  • Be able to travel as required
  • Be available to work outside standard business hours when required

next steps

To submit your application, click Apply now.

For a private discussion regarding the position, please get in touch with Merinda Dickson, Chief Operating Officer, at [email protected],  using the subject line: Chief Executive Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs, or call (08) 6244 3399.

For a full position description, please see our careers page, or the attachment below.

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