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Chief Executive Officer

The Water Well Project

Are you a dynamic, passionate and enthusiastic leader wanting to make a difference in the lives of people from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in Australia?

About Us

Our organisation:

The Water Well Project is a well-established not-for-profit organisation, currently based in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. Our mission is to promote good health and wellbeing to communities from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to improve their health literacy. Our vision is that all communities from migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds achieve equitable access to healthcare.

Worldwide, more people are on the move now than ever before, yet many refugees and migrants face poorer health outcomes than the host populations. Addressing their health needs is, therefore, a global health priority and integral to the principle of the right to health for all.

The Water Well Project works closely with partner organisations already working with people of migrant, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to develop culturally sensitive and interactive health education sessions. Our volunteers are healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, midwives, and allied health) who donate their knowledge and time to deliver health education sessions outside their hours of paid professional work. Since 2011, The Water Well Project has delivered over 1,500 sessions to over 22,000 community participants. Our 2022 annual report is located here.

The role:

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the key management leader of The Water Well Project. The CEO is responsible for ensuring the company’s effective and efficient operations, overseeing its administration, programs and strategic plan. Other key duties include oversight of the volunteer management committee, fundraising, marketing, recruitment and community outreach.

The position reports directly to the Board of Directors and will coordinate a small team of staff members as well as a range of volunteer committee members. The successful candidate is a strong leader who demonstrates high level skills in the areas of operations, business development, financial management, fundraising, human resource management, communications and marketing.

This is an exciting time to join The Water Well Project and lead through its next phase. Working with the Board, you will develop and implement the next phase of the organisational strategy and roadmap, while continuing to deliver positive and meaningful impact.

Key Responsibilities include oversight of Operations, Team Management, Financial Management and Stakeholder Management. For more information, please refer to the attached position description attached below.

Competencies and Skills

  • Five or more years management and leadership experience, preferably in healthcare, community and/or not-for-profit organisations.
  • Demonstrated experience in operations, financial management and external stakeholder engagement.
  • Strong skills in written and oral communication, public speaking, negotiation and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and manage competing demands and tight timelines.
  • Proven ability to secure diverse revenue streams and improve financial results.
  • You are empathetic with strong emotional intelligence. You are skilled at internal and external relationship building and stakeholder management.
  • Highly developed skills in people and relationship management, including working with volunteers, community organisations and donors.
  • An understanding of health literacy, the Australian healthcare system and refugee sectors is advantageous.

Our Values

  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Respectfulness of diversity
  • Integrity
  • Accountability

Remuneration and Conditions

This full-time position is initially for 24 months subject to a 6-month probationary review. Remuneration is $98,880 – 108,680 annual salary (in line with experience), plus superannuation and salary packaging benefits.

The CEO will work remotely (no work equipment will be provided by the organisation) and be able to attend Board or other meetings in Melbourne/online as required. Occasional work outside of regular business hours to attend board or external meetings is required.

The CEO is also expected to represent the company externally, to attend and present at various events which occasionally may be outside normal working hours.

Whilst we can be flexible on location, Melbourne is preferred.

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and we encourage early applications. 

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Water Well Project is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

A position description is attached.

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