Chief Executive Officer - Northern Territory

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer - Northern Territory
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Darwin
Reference: 1010544
Job Published: August 24, 2020 14:01

Job Description

About the organisation:

St Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) is one of Australia’s most iconic faith based Not for Profit organisations. Founded in 1833 by individuals who wished to put their faith into action, the organisation is built on strong Christian values and plays a critical role in providing unwavering support for those who suffer deprivation, marginalisation and inequality. As a Catholic organisation, they aspire to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.

The Society in Australia is represented by more than 3000 employees and 60,000 members and volunteers to help those who are struggling to take control of their lives whilst restoring their dignity; providing a hand up, not just a hand out.  SVDP executive structure is comprised of a National Chief Executive Officer and State and Territory CEOs who oversee the day-to-day management of the Society across Australia and implement policy to achieve the strategic vision of the Society as outlined by the National Council and State Council members. The St Vincent de Paul Society also has professional development policies in place to enhance peoples’ workplace learning and also offers a family-friendly environment in which to work.

About the role:

Reporting directly to the Territory Council, the Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for the oversight of St Vincent de Paul Society NT’s (SVDP NT) day to day running of the organisation as well as outlining the medium-term strategic direction.

Through values-based leadership you will work with the Territory Council to implement and monitor SVDP strategic plans, lead retail growth of our Centre of Charities and the overall operations including financial management. You will have a passion for aligning strategic objectives and operational targets to our mission and values.

The key executive appointment will focus on supporting the management of membership & member development services, youth & community engagement, coordinate disaster management and government relationships, retail operations, housing and homelessness programs (including tenancy management), overseeing government programs and SVDP initiatives.
Specifically, key accountabilities include:
  • Provide leadership to develop and continually reinforce the Vision (Strategic Direction), Mission (Purpose) and Values (Culture) of the organisation.
  • Develop market leading organisational strategies and plans to deliver long and short-term strategic objectives.
  • Lead the SVDP NT Executive Leadership Team to deliver upon the strategy through a high performing, customer-centric workforce.
  • Own accountability for the overall sustainability of the organisation, leading strategies for growth, and ensuring alignment of structure, systems and operations to deliver strategy.
  • Ensure that the policies of the Territory Council are implemented and reviewed as and when required, whilst ensuring that Council is informed of the operations of management.
  • Develop and implement all aspects of the Territory budget and report against the plan.
  • Ensure that budgets are prepared for Territory Council and Monitor actuals against budgets and keep the Territory Council informed of variances
  • Communicate regularly with the President and Council members and ensure the Council is being provided with the information necessary to fulfil its legislative compliances and legal requirements.
  • Preserve the qualities that make the organisational successful, whilst driving innovation.
  • Maintain lines of communication throughout the branches of the organisation within NT
  • Effectively manage the relationships between the organisation and key stakeholders, seeking input on key issues as appropriate.
  • Encourage marketing, public relations and communication to ensure that the organisation and its mission, programs and services are consistently presented in a positive light to relevant stakeholders.
  • Create a culture of change and innovation to enable continuous growth and improvement.
Key Skills Required:

To be considered for the position, you will be a strong people leader who demonstrates extensive experience and record of achievements at a C-suite level across the Not for Profit or Commercial industry sectors. You will have solid leadership and emotional intelligence skills with demonstrated ability to engage others to understand and embrace organisational culture, directions, goals and client service ethos.

Your strategic commercial capability and experience as a senior leader are underpinned by your ability to model Christian values therefore ensuring that you assist the Society to fulfil its mission, vision and core values. It is essential that you demonstrate superior presentation and communication skills, with a personal presence and the ability to act confidently as the public spokesperson for the business.

Demonstrate integrity in all dealings; be honest and open; listen to and consider stakeholder views; demonstrate empathy; and act in a way that reflects the culture and values of the organisation.

Exceptional stakeholder relationship skills will be critical for this role as you will need to develop and foster relationships with key stakeholders such as Government; The Church and CEO’s of other major Charities.

Ability to identify opportunities for change and lead improvement initiatives along with a strong financial, governance and risk compliance skill will be needed for this leadership position.
For a strictly confidential discussion, please contact Callan Raine, Director - Executive on (07) 3054 1143 / 0411 686 652. Alternatively, submit your application (CV and 2 page Cover Letter) via the apply button, or email

Closing date for this role will be Monday 7th September 2020

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