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Level 1, 63 Todd Mall
Alice Springs, NT, Australia

Phone: +44889851728
Web Site: www.mobct.com.au

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General Manager - Indigenous cultural organisation


Job Description:

About the Opportunity

This is an opportunity to join Akeyulerre Healing Centre, an extraordinary Indigenous corporation in Alice Springs that is a rich source of pride, energy and optimism for Arrernte people.

The General Manager has responsibility for the strategic, financial and governance well-being of the organisation, as well as the oversight of all Akeyulerre’s programs, focusing on planning and team development, and ensuring that the programs are well funded, sustainable and delivering on their objectives as established by elders and the directors. 

Initially, listening and establishing trust and relationships will be critical, in the exciting context of exploring how the Board’s vision and priorities can be realised through the move to its new purpose-built facilities.  This process will be a key focus for the first 6-12 months and will rely strongly on engaging staff and community, and developing opportunities in a measured and sustainable way.  

A Candidate Information Pack is available for download at www.mobct.com.au/client-recruiting.
* See also our opportunity for an Operations Manager **

About You:

This fascinating opportunity needs a General Manager with excellent cross-cultural skills, demonstrated capability in supporting and developing capabilities of others, and a commitment to delivering the vision and priorities of the Board, elders and Arrernte families.

You’ll have all the usual General Manager capabilities in strategy, financial management, governance and compliance; ideally with relevant qualifications in community development, social sciences, education or business management and previous experience working in a Central Australian indigenous culture. You will be a respectful, understanding and adaptable leader, combining practical, pragmatic and hands-on leadership with strong community development capabilities and a lot of heart!

This key role will require someone who can walk alongside the Board, listen to and learn from the elders, build trust and deliver on agreed priorities; while maintaining a warm, supportive and empowering culture within the centre.

The Benefits

This role has high potential for a unique cultural and professional experience in a positive and stable context.

An appealing salary package includes a base salary circa $111,000, salary sacrifice opportunities which add a potential $6,400 in take-home pay, plus superannuation, 6 weeks leave and relocation assistance.

About Akeyulerre:

Akeyulerre is an Arrernte organisation that honours Arrernte knowledge systems, culture and people.  It was established so that Arrernte people could feel proud of their culture, learn from elders, engage in employment and activities that are culturally and socially relevant, feel positive about their future and be surrounded by the strength and abilities of their families. Everyone makes an active contribution to what is happening at the centre.  It’s a place where people can build strong foundations to stand up and take a role in the community.

Akeyulerre’s programs, which have been developed in accordance with the vision and direction of the elders, include social enterprises in traditional healing and bush products, a bush camp program for families, a men’s program and a cultural archive; all delivered at a vibrant community centre that supports Arrernte families, elders and children. These programs all centre around health and healing for individuals, families and the broader community.

The organisation is at an exciting point in its history, with a new building due to open in December 2022 bringing new possibilities to support Arrernte people and provide income and employment opportunities. This new year will incorporate strategic and business planning to make best use of the facilities of the new building. 

Akeyulerre is financially stable with a strong and committed Board of Directors; has a core staff of around 16 plus a large contingent of casual staff; and an annual budget circa $1.8M with assets of $5M.

Application Process

Please call Kate Horsey at Matrix Consulting, ph 07 3186 3609 ASAP to express your interest and for an initial confidential discussion.

·      Please express interest ASAP. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

·      Please provide your current CV and a brief (2 pages max) cover letter outlining your capabilities relevant to the role. There is no requirement to provide a written response to selection criteria.

·      You can apply via this jobs site or by email to jobs@mobct.com.au

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will be required to undertake a National Criminal History Check and hold an Ochre card. 

Job Requirements:

  1. Demonstrated capabilities in strategy, financial sustainability, operational and project management in a similar-sized nonprofit organisation

2.     Demonstrated experience working alongside Aboriginal people, in particular Arrernte people, including understanding and respecting the value and expertise of the Aboriginal community

  1. Ability in strategy, innovation and planning to progress organisational priorities and negotiate solutions
  2. Well-rounded experience in leading and managing a cross cultural team in a complex, busy environment to deliver organisational priorities and develop staff skills and confidence
  3. Experience in community development, community-based planning or social enterprise development
  4. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and the ability to present complex ideas and information simply
  5. Well-rounded computer skills including experience using a range of word processing, database, publication and social media software or apps


The successful candidate must have or be able to successfully obtain:

  1. A current Driver’s licence (manual preferred)
  2. An Ochre Card
  3. National Police Check
  4. Vaccination status in accordance with government and organisational requirements


Business-Strategic Management: General-Other: Business-Strategic Management

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Employment Type:

Full time


Alice Springs, NT, Australia


General Manager - Indigenous cultural organisation


Executive, Management, Nonprofit-Social Services




Circa $130k package per year