Children’s Ground, West Arnhem


The Organisation


This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new bold independent Not-For-Profit organisation creating a different future for children, families and communities experiencing the greatest levels of disadvantage and inequity in Australia.


Children’s Ground is the first organisation of its kind in Australia. Children’s Ground works with a community over the course of a generation, led by local expertise, vision and intelligence. Together, we create and deliver a system of programs and services that are centred on learning, development and wellbeing that respond to the main life-stages and key transition points from pre-birth to young adulthood.


Our approach recognises the cultural, social and economic strength of communities and builds on this to equip children for opportunities locally, nationally and globally.  Children and their families will learn, grow and thrive in communities that celebrate cultural, social and economic wellbeing.


The Role


The first Children’s Ground project, based in Jabiru and serving the Kakadu, West Arnhem region in the NT. This is a unique community-led project being implemented in partnership with Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC).


The Director, West Arnhem will lead the implementation of the Children’s Ground platform in the region, partnering with key organisations. The Director will lead a dynamic multi-cultural team, implementing innovation and a new approach to working with First Nation communities, where local agency is paramount, excellence and quality is without compromise, and dramatic long term outcomes for children and families which respect cultural worldviews is the marker of success. The position will have broad and evolving responsibilities.


Selection Criteria


  • Significant experience as a Program Director, Senior Organisational Position or role where you have held accountability for breadth of functions across the organisation
  • Understanding and/or experience working with First Nation communities and the key issues facing First Nation Peoples
  • Relevant Degree or qualification (e.g. in business, management, community development, program delivery) or equivalent work experience
  • Understanding of financial reporting
  • Knowledge of OH&S, Human Resource Management
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both verbally and written
  • Strong people skills – team work, facilitation, supervision
  • Ability to work flexibility and creativity in a demanding NGO environment


If you are excited and passionate about working with First Nation communities in West Arnhem, please consult the attached Position Description which provides details on how to apply for this role or contact David James, General Manager at or 0416 244 818.


How to apply for this job


Please send your resume and a statement addressing each point of the Key Selection Criteria as described in the Position Description (with three referees - we will only contact after approval).


The closing date for applications is: Friday 27 July, 2013.


Email applications to:, using the subject line: Director - West Arnhem Or post to: Children’s Ground: Att: David James, General Manager Children’s Ground, PO Box 125 Malvern, 3144.


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