Careers – Chief Operating 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 Operating Officer within the Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health.

Applications close on 16th August 2021




Perth, Western Australia or as negotiated with the successful applicant.


  • Full time (37.5 hours per week), 18-month fixed term, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding.


  • A competitive base salary and attractive salary-sacrifice provisions of $150,000 per annum plus superannuation and salary sacrifice options.
  • Flexible work practices, including the ability to work remotely.
  • The chance to make a difference and improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians in 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.

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 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 15 Aboriginal psychology students across Australia. Having recently become incorporated through the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006, Jilya is now ready to employ our first operational staff to oversee and drive our continued growth.

About the Role

Jilya is looking for an experienced individual, with an understanding of the tasks associated with the initial set-up of a not-for-profit organisation, along with the ability and drive to take the organisation to the next level.

You will work with the Jilya Board to oversee the establishment 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 and high integrity 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.
  3. A demonstrated understanding of the operations of a not-for-profit organisation and working with a Board of Directors.
  4. An understanding of the funding community, and a demonstrated ability to generate new revenue streams and improve financial results.
  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 an ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  7. Relevant tertiary qualification or significant experience.
  8. Values and attributes that align with the vision and goals of the organisation.

Prior to appointment, the successful candidate will need to meet a range of eligibility requirements outlined fully in the Job Description Form.

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 Emma or Louise on (08) 9362 2036 during business hours.


Closing Date: Applications must be submitted no later than 16 August 2021, 5pm AWST.


Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.


Download the JDF here: Chief Operating Officer

Please be sure to answer the selection criteria (from the JDF) in your cover letter.