Chief Executive Officer

  • Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation
  • Mowanjum WA
  • Annual Salary: $85000-$90000 (salary sacrifice is available) plus district allowance $7,800 – Family or $3,900 Single.
  • Annual Leave: 6 weeks
  • Accommodation: Accommodation Allowance of approx. $700 p/f towards a house in Derby. Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) will arrange the lease in the employee’s name. All utilities, including power, water, telephone and Shire rates are paid for by MAC to a maximum of $6000 per financial year.
  • Vehicle: A 4WD Utility is available for work and reasonable private use within the Kimberley. A Fuel allowance is also provided.
  • Additional Leave: N/A
  • Extras: A mobile phone is provided with reasonable private use. An annual Airfare allowance of $1500 provided. Relocation costs reimbursed to a maximum of $4000.



Mowanjum is a medium-sized Aboriginal community, located 10 km south east of Derby in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, within the Shire of Derby-West Kimberley. At the 2011 census, Mowanjum had a population of 295.

Mowanjum AC currently has a number of operations that form part of the Corporation’s business, that the CEO will manage. It owns a 55,000 ha cattle station working in partnership with Pardoo Cattle Station to adjist cattle. MAC runs a Driving School based in Derby which assists Derby residents obtain their C, MR and LR licences. MAC also is in the second year of service delivery of the first community based and operated Housing Management Contract on behalf of The Department of Communities.

Additionally, MAC hold the contract for the repair and maintenance of houses in Mowanjum Community and surrounding communities, on behalf of the statewide contractor, Lakes Maintenance. It also manages the delivery of Municipal Services for the Community and runs a general Community Store, which provides basic food and household goods to Community Members.

The CEO is responsible and accountable to MAC’s elected Council for the day to day management of the community, and for facilitating the development and implementation of an underpinning Strategic Plan.

The CEO will develop and support MAC’s Aboriginal leadership and governance capacity, making sure decision-making is in line with the interests of community members and meets the provisions of MAC’s Rules of Incorporation. The Council’s responsibilities are broad and varied and include; economic and community development; governance and advocacy; strategic and operational planning; policy development; finance and asset management; human resources development and management and project management.

It is also the CEO’s job to encourage and facilitate organisational excellence, build positive and enduring relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and partners and to inspire and motivate people to work together towards Mowanjum’s vision and goals.

The Role

The Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) is seeking a highly skilled Chief Executive Officer to manage the affairs of this remote Aboriginal community, under the oversight of and reporting to an elected Council.

This fixed term, full time role, carries overall responsibility for the successful day to day management, delivery of municipal services and general operation of MAC. You will be responsible for assisting the Council with strategic planning, identification and accessing of resources, implementing, monitoring and reporting on the success of program delivery within Mowanjum, and as required and directed, represent MAC and its Council in meetings with government, industry and the general public.

The Person We Seek

Not only will the person sought possess all the technical skills, knowledge and experience required to effectively and efficiently manage the operations of a complex self-managed community, including delivery of municipal services and other business enterprises, they will also demonstrate a deep commitment to the advancement of the community and its members through a sound process of strategic planning, efficient and effective administration and management, and the ongoing education and training of community members in all aspects of community administration, commercial operations and stakeholder management and engagement.

A very special person is being sought to respectfully and professionally assist this strongly culturally-based community, which is striving to maintain Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal culture and values, which make up the Mowanjum community, to address diverse, complex and long-standing matters affecting its future social and economic development within the region, that potentially offers many opportunities for social and economic advancement.

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