Chief Executive Officer

Effective HR
Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter
CEO & General Management
Full time
Posted 19d ago

First Languages Australia is looking for a Chief Executive Officer to drive the organisation in working with language centres, Government bodies and external partners to develop and execute the organisation’s strategic operations and national projects. 

About the Organisation

First Languages Australia is the peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages. The role of the organisation is to liaise with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, language centres and related agencies, and to communicate their views and aspirations concerning the recognition and revival of traditional languages to a broad target audience. It provides support to communities in the establishment and delivery of their language programs. 

A key responsibility of the organisation is advocacy to Government at all levels to achieve the reinstatement of the rights of access and use of first languages to all communities. 

First Languages Australia takes the lead in identifying state, national and international trends impacting on Australia’s first languages and implements national projects to address prioritised needs identified by communities.

About the Role 

This multi-faceted role will find you leading the team at First Languages Australia, identifying, and developing strategic partnerships with external organisations, developing strategies and programs to further promote the revival of traditional languages, and working with Government bodies to secure funding to achieve these goals. You will have exceptional written and oral communication skills, and be confident in advocating our organisation to all our stakeholders. 

You will be responsible for growing the organisation, to ensure that traditional languages are being considered across all elements of life in Australia. You will need to drive the business forward, ensuring that First Languages Australia has a seat at the table where it matters most. 

The role comes with flexibility in terms of work location, however, your team and main office are based in Newcastle. This role is full time, but appointments at 0.8 FTE (or higher) may be considered. 

Key responsibilities include

Government / Funding and Advocacy: 

  • Advocating for Government support for the benefit of the organisations within the languages network
  • Meeting with senior Government officials
  • Participate in policy development at Commonwealth and State levels
  • Prepare and submit annual funding applications

Board of Directors: 

  • Act as the secretary and coordinate the activities of the Management Committee
  • Prepare operational and financial reports 


  • Maintain communication with the active network of language organisations and individuals, distributing newsletters, email notices and other publications 
  • Develop and main the website and other media outlets 

Project management:

  • Develop and implement national projects to address identified priorities
  • Develop and manage the annual organisational budget

Business Partnership: 

  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships with external organisations with an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island languages to support First Languages Australia’s work. 
  • Work with partners to help them develop and implement language activities 

Team Management: 

  • Identify and oversee the work of staff and contractors, ensuring the project goals are met within the time and budget constraints. 

What you will need

  • Previous experience leading large national projects and teams 
  • Experience in consultation with government, with a particular focus on senior government officials, and in the development of national agency partnerships
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, at an organisation, community, and government level. 
  • Experience preparing submissions for government funding 
  • Experience in working with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 
  • Strong understanding of First Languages history and current developments within Australia
  • Ability to undertake regional travel 

Benefits of working for First Languages Australia

  • We are a registered not for profit organisation, so you will receive tax benefits associated with a not for profit.

This position is an Identified Position - To perform this role it is essential that the person be an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. It is therefore a genuine occupational requirement under section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 that applicants are Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. A confirmation of Aboriginality may need to be provided.

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Do you have experience working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island communities?
  • Do you have experience working in the not-for-profit sector?
  • Do you have experience in a role which requires relationship management experience?
  • How many years of business management experience do you have?

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