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Strategic Operations Lead - Fitzroy Crossing

Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource Centre
  • Revised and Readvertised due to Covid 19
  • Fitzroy Crossing WA
  • Full time

This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference for Aboriginal women and their families in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre (MWRC) is seeking a Strategic Operations Lead, who is looking for a challenging and rewarding role in a vision led and values-based organisation.

MWRC is a non-government organisation providing a diverse set of supports and services for Aboriginal women and their families. Our programs include:

  • Accommodation and support services with FASD and impacted by Early Life Trauma
  • Children’s education and care services, along with supports to strengthen family capacity
  • Social enterprise initiatives
  • Healing initiatives

About the Role

The Strategic Operations Lead is responsible for the operational leadership at Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre (MWRC), under the direction of the CEO.

The role involves a high level of team and staff management and support, oversight of funding and reporting obligations and ongoing advocacy related to issues that may impact the local community and Aboriginal people nationally. 

Key Responsibilities

  1. Lead and manage the operations of the organisation, reporting to the CEO.
  2. As part of the Senior Leadership Team contribute to the strategic decision making and management of MWRC and work collaboratively with the MWRC Board and Team Managers
  3. Contribute to and implement the organisation’s strategic plan and drive initiatives that support the organisations strategic priorities
  4. Manage and support relevant Team Managers to develop and achieve team and individual work plans
  5. Work with Team Managers to develop and monitor project implementation and budgets, ensuring timely reporting requirements are achieved
  6. Maintain oversight of funding applications and successful grants across MWRC and ensure financial and project reporting compliance with funding agencies and ORIC
  7. Seek to create a mutually supportive environment in meetings and reflective practice sessions
  8. Promote and advocate the work of MWRC regionally and nationally
  9. Work with staff to maximise training and professional development opportunities
  10. Promote and implement the Healing Framework
  11. Work closely with Marnin Support staff in scheduling and preparing meeting materials for MWRC Board Meetings
  12. Act in the CEO role as requested 

To be successful in the role you will need to address the following Selection Criteria:


  • Degree or formal qualifications in a discipline relevant to this position 


  • A minimum of two years working at a senior management level
  • Previous sound experience working with Aboriginal colleagues
  • Previous role in working with managers in assessing professional competencies and providing appropriate level of support to suit each individual
  • Proven experience in fostering a healthy and supportive team environment
  • Current experience and demonstrated success in operational management in a not-for-profit organisation
  • Experience in contract and financial management and reporting, including liaising and building strong relationships with government agencies.  


  • Awareness of resilience and strengths of communities as well as the complex challenges faced by Aboriginal people today
  • Understanding of the limitations and institutional biases and systemic constraints that impact Aboriginal people living in remote Australia

Skills & competencies

  • Strong skills in developing a cohesive team driven work environment and creating a positive nurturing workplace culture
  • Proven ability to read financial reports and maintain comprehensive and current grants register    
  • Knowledge of information management systems and processes
  • An ability to communicate clearly and concisely, varying communication style depending upon the audience
  • Excellent written skills for both internal and external communications.
  • Ability to accomplish objectives effectively and carry out all duties in an efficient and timely manner
  • Previous experience of Excel and Microsoft Office

Personal attributes

  • Interest in and understanding of issues that relate to strengthening wellbeing of women and children who live in the Fitzroy Valley
  • Professional approach and confident manner
  • Ability to listen and to work collaboratively
  • Sound organisational and time management skills

If this is you and you are looking for your next exciting, challenging and fulfilling career move, then please apply. 

For further information and the position description please contact Sue Thomas email: sue.thomas@mwrc.com, using the subject line: Strategic Operations Lead - Fitzroy Crossing enquiry via EthicalJobs, or mobile: 0408 936 735. 


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