Careers – Jilya Program Manager

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 looking for a dynamic individual to join our team as the Program Manager of Scholarships within the Westerman Jilya Institute for Indigenous Mental Health.

Applications remain open until position is filled. 


Jilya Program Manager – Scholarships


Perth, Western Australia (flexible if interstate)


  • $96,000 annual salary (pro rata) plus superannuation.
  • 40 hours per week, six-month probationary period


  • 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.
  • 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 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 Aboriginal psychology students across Australia.

About the Role

Jilya is looking for an experienced individual, with an understanding of the tasks associated with the management of a scholarships program and/or fundraising, along with the ability and drive to take the program to the next level.

The Program Manager will oversee all aspects of the Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship Program, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and working in collaboration with Dr Westerman and the Jilya Board of Directors. The Program Manager may also be required to manage other programs if/when they eventuate.

Selection Criteria

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

  • Relevant experience in a Co-ordinator/Manager role
  • High level strategic thinking and planning across the areas of fundraising, organisational operations, and growth
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple complex tasks and to analyse data, resolve problems, and make sound independent decisions
  • Experience and skill in working in a university environment
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and relationship development
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills (interpersonal, written, verbal and non-verbal) and an ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people.
  • Values and attributes that align with the vision and goals of the organisation.

Prior to appointment, the successful candidate will require the following:

  • Current Western Australian C class driver’s license.
  • Current Working with Children’s Check, or ability to obtain.
  • Satisfactory National Police Clearance.
  • The ability to travel as required.
  • Be available to work outside standard business hours as 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. Please be sure to answer the selection criteria (from the JDF) in your cover letter. Applications without cover letter addressing the selection criteria will NOT be accepted. 

Further job-related information can be sourced by contacting us on 08 6244 3399 during business hours.

Applications can be submitted below, using the Apply Now button.  

If you are having trouble accessing the form, please email through your CV and a cover letter addressing the selection criteria to

Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Download the JDF here: Jilya Program Manager