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

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Web Site: www.mobct.com.au

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Operations 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 Operations Manager manages the day-to-day operations of Akeyulerre Healing Centre to help Akeyulerre grow and prosper as a strong organisation with Arrernte language and culture at its heart.

This includes supervising 6 key staff and overseeing Akeyulerre’s core programs, as well as leading all aspects of administration, and supporting staff performance and community engagement.  The Operations Manager also co-ordinates and leads the Interrentye traditional remedies social enterprise and cultural consultancy program; and supports the General Manager.

As the key ‘go–to’ person on a day to day basis, you will work closely with the General Manager to co-ordinate the move to Akeyulerre’s new purpose-built facility, and support the staff and community in settling in and adapting to the new context.

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

About You:

To make a valuable contribution to this unique organisation, you’ll have great capacity for managing multiple priorities and ensuring all the details are taken care of with a warm, respectful and inclusive approach. You’ll have demonstrated capability in a range of administrative responsibilities including human resources processes, accounting support and compliance.  Excellent cross-cultural skills, and a kind, calm manner are essential; and knowledge of or existing relationships with Arrernte families will be very well regarded. 

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 $100,000, salary sacrifice opportunities which can 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. Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, including an ability to operate in a complex, busy cross-cultural environment, managing competing priorities and negotiating solutions to a range of problems. Kindness and calmness

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

3.     Well-rounded experience in managing a range of administrative responsibilities in a small organisation, ideally nonprofit

4.     Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to present complex ideas and information simply

  1. 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 
  1. Ability to speak Arrernte
  2. An established relationship with Arrernte families
  3. Demonstrated knowledge, skills, training and experience in community development.
  4. Experience developing or supporting social enterprises.


Administrative-Clerical: Office Management
Business-Strategic Management: Business Unit Management

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Employment Type:

Full time


Alice Springs, NT, Australia


Operations Manager - Indigenous Cultural Organisation


Admin-Clerical, Management, Nonprofit-Social Services




Base salary $100,000 + benefits and salary sacrifice per year