Careers – Chief Executive Officer

The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health (the Institute) is a recently incorporated Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation, registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006.

We are excited to be able to announce a new opening for a Chief Executive Officer within the Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health.

Applications close on 22 December 2022, COB AWST




The successful candidate will ideally be Perth based, however, this will be by negotiation


  • $150,000 annual salary plus superannuation.
  • Fulltime, 6 months probation, ongoing contract.


  • A competitive base salary and attractive salary-sacrifice provisions.
  • Flexible work practices, including the ability to work remotely.
  • The chance to be a part of an exciting and rapidly growing start-up Indigenous Mental Health Organisation.
  • The chance to work with a diverse, highly skilled and committed Board of Directors, including Dr Tracy Westerman AM.
  • The chance to make a difference and improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

About Us:

The Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health Aboriginal Corporation (Jilya) is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded by Dr Tracy Westerman AM to address the gaps in culturally informed and clinically validated approaches to improve outcomes for Indigenous peoples in Australia across the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, justice, child protection, and education.

Jilya also supports the Dr Tracy Westerman Indigenous Psychology Scholarship Program, currently supporting 41 Indigenous psychology students from across Australia. The position of CEO represents an exciting step forward for the Jilya Institute in its national expansion. This position provides an exciting opportunity to drive our continued growth.

About the Role

Jilya is looking for an experienced individual who has a track record of the management of diverse and complex systems; capability of building an emerging brand in the Indigenous mental health sector and with experience in management of relationships across the Aboriginal community controlled, non government, government, philanthropic and private sectors. A track record of developing critical partnerships; management and expansion of donor opportunities and the ability to increase the financial growth of organisations is essential. Particular experience in working in the not-for-profit sector and extensive understanding of the governance requirements of the ACNC, along with the ability and drive to take the organisation to the next level. You will understand the importance of clinical and research-based initiatives and ideally with have higher education qualifications in psychology or business.

You will work with the Jilya Board to oversee the implementation of governance requirements, strategic planning, program development, scholarship oversight, operational fundraising strategies and direction setting for the organisation.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this role, you will need to demonstrate the following criteria:

  1. Transparent high integrity, culturally informed leadership.
  2. High level strategic thinking and planning. Ability to envision and convey the Institute’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors and other stakeholders.
  3. A demonstrated understanding of the operations of an Indigenous not-for-profit research and mental health intervention organisation and working with a Board of Directors.
  4. An understanding of funding sources, including the philanthropic community, and a proven track record to generate new revenue streams and improve financial results and growth.
  5. Strong organisational abilities, including financial management skills, planning, decision making, program development, and reporting.
  6. Demonstrated strong communication skills (written, verbal and non-verbal) and a demonstrated ability to work at an effective level with Aboriginal communities, organisations and staff.
  7. Relevant tertiary qualification preferred, in the health sciences and or business.
  8. Values and attributes that align with the vision and goals of the organisation.

Essential Eligibility Requirements:

The occupant of this position will require the following prior to appointment.

  • Current C or A class driver’s license
  • Working with Children Check
  • National Police Clearance
  • Verification of no history of Bankruptcy or Disqualification as a Director
  • Up to date vaccinations
  • Be able to travel as required
  • Be available to work outside standard business hours when required

Your application should include a detailed resume and a cover letter no more than two pages long summarising your experience against the selection criteria.

Further job-related information can be sourced by contacting Search Consultant Alison Gaines or 0414633230 during business hours.

Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: 22 December 2022, COB AWST

Download the JDF here: Chief Executive Officer


This role is now closed for applications.