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Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Women's and Girls' Emergency Centre


Women’s and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) is a feminist, grassroots organisation that supports women and families in crisis and advocates for social change in the community. We are based in Redfern, Sydney and work on the lands of the Gadigal, Wangal and Dharug people of the Eora Nation.

Every night, we support 200 women and children impacted by homelessness, domestic violence and systemic disadvantage. We do this by providing material aid, case management, biopsychosocial support, accommodation, and crisis responses. Equally we seek to address the underlying causes of gender-based violence through primary prevention activities with communities and private and public entities that want to be a part of the global movement to end gender based violence in a generation.


Following an internal promotion, WAGEC is looking for our new Deputy CEO. The Deputy CEO is responsible for delivering and operationalising WAGEC’s vision: A safe future for women and families by ending gender-based violence in a generation.

Reporting to the CEO and working closely with the WAGEC Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and Board of Management, the role of the Deputy CEO has a focus on WAGEC’s one-year horizon, and the successful delivery of quality client services and business operations.

The Deputy CEO oversees two key program areas, Client Services and Quality and Impact, and is responsible for incorporating new business and growth opportunities into WAGEC’s business-as-usual. The role ensures annual departmental operational plans are in place and are actively supporting and delivering on WAGEC’s strategic plan.

The Deputy CEO provides direct management of the Director of Client Services, the Director of Quality and Impact and the Executive Assistant. This is a hands-on role, with active oversight across WAGEC’s 6 sites in inner Sydney and the greater inner west.

The core responsibilities of this role are:

  • Support the CEO and Board in effective strategic planning to deliver on WAGEC’s purpose
  • Operational management of quality, accredited client services and business operations
  • Drive and model an inclusive team culture and communicate WAGEC’s strategic and operational plans for internal and external stakeholders
  • Help to identify, drive and resource growth opportunities for business and staff development, increasing impact for WAGEC clients
  • Actively promote WAGEC’s purpose, brand and reputation and drive positive engagements with the government and community sectors.


  • You’re a highly experienced leader and manager with a minimum of 10 years’ experience leading teams or organisations in human services and client-facing roles
  • You’ll be experienced in coaching to build capabilities and in driving a culture and practices that support high-performing teams
  • You have experience developing, leading, and implementing strategic and operational plans, risk management, and are skilled in aligning growth opportunities to meet and expand on organisational vision
  • You are a strong communicator, able to connect with people across different settings, and build beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • You have sound knowledge of the systems, sectors, and impacts of Family and Domestic Violence and/or Homelessness, particularly their effect on women and children.

Please read the position description attached and check out our range of services at wagec.org.au

**If you think you have what it takes to do this role but don’t quite meet our selection criteria, please get in touch anyway to discuss your situation. We recognise that sometimes the right candidate for a job is based in personal qualities not just qualifications**

We are keen to interview quickly so please apply as soon as possible.


WAGEC is entitled to employ only female, female-identifying, and non-binary staff, due to the nature of our service, under the Anti-Discrimination Act, 1977 (NSW) Section 31.

And when we say ‘women’, we mean all womankind including women of diverse gender and sexualities. We strongly encourage women with lived experience, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women of all backgrounds to apply. If you have any questions or would like assistance in applying, please contact Andrea Watkins, Director of People and Practice via [email protected] using the subject line: Deputy Chief Executive Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs or 0437 615 061.

WAGEC is a child safe organisation and committed to the safety, wellbeing, and empowerment of all children that we engage with in our services and community. We have a whole organisation approach to upholding children's rights and striving to prevent all forms of harm, abuse and neglect for children and young people.

Why work with us?

At WAGEC, we are committed to caring for our people to help them excel in the work they do. Our additional benefits include:

  • Wellbeing Policy including 2 days of paid well-being leave each year
  • $500 self-care allowance each year
  • Access to EAP and clinical supervision
  • Salary Packaging options
  • Professional development training opportunities and allowance
  • Professional development leave.

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