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Working with the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance Ltd (NAILSMA) is more than just a job.

NAILSMA is a friendly workplace offering generous conditions and flexible working arrangements. We also offer internal career pathways, study leave, and professional development and training.

As a staff member, you will be headquartered in Darwin and will work alongside a team of about 30 people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

You will work with Indigenous organisations and leaders, reference, community and ranger groups and advisers across north Australia, as well as our many supporters from government, philanthropic agencies and business.

Our work is guided by values of respect, transparency, commitment and responsibility. These have their foundation in Indigenous people’s connection to and maintenance of their lands and seas, laws, languages, cultures and customs.

There are no positions currently available at NAILSMA.

Posted on behalf of Marthakal Homeland Resource Centre (MHRC):


Location: Elcho Island, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

$140k remuneration (negotiable)

2 Year Term

Marthakal Homeland Resource Centre has a unique full time opportunity for a strategic and 'big picture' focused Chief Executive Officer to guide its operations on Elcho Island, NT.

This role offers the opportunity for an effective team player with strong business acumen to work with the local governance committee (Mala) to steer and strengthen the overall strategic and operational direction of a multi-faceted evolving Indigenous organisation.

Modelling a real 'people focus' approach to your role, you'll be overseeing and guiding the management of the organisation's three primary divisions:

  • Marthakal Homeland Resource Centre, a not-for-profit association delivering government-funded services to the Homelands;
  • Marthakal Business Enterprises, which is the for-profit division that operates the business entities within the Galiwinku community; and
  • Marthakal Yolngu Air Pty Ltd, the operator of Galiwin'ku Airport and associated flights.

This senior position is being offered on an initial 2 year contract, subject to the successful completion of a three month probationary period.

MHRC is looking for a people-focused candidate with five years' senior executive management experience in a multi-faceted organisation within the not for profit or community development sector. You will have either a tertiary qualification in Business & Administration OR a demonstrated record of achievement at an executive level in a similar organisation. While experience in an Aboriginal Corporation would be beneficial, it is not essential.

It's vital you bring extensive knowledge and genuine appreciation of Aboriginal culture to the role, as well as a solid understanding of the political, social and economic factors that affect Aboriginal communities. You'll display the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of Aboriginal people and communities, including skills in engaging, negotiating and forming strategic alliances with Aboriginal bodies.

Importantly, you will be comfortable living in remote areas, open to undertaking extended hours of work on an as-needed basis, and willing to travel intrastate and interstate for short periods when required. You may need to fly in light planes, and/or drive 4WD vehicles (training provided) and should be comfortable with this. A current driver's licence is required, and all applicants must be willing to undertake a national police clearance and medical assessment prior to commencing employment.

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Applications close 3 November 2014

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