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Deputy CEO

Western Australian Council of Social Service
  • 12 Month Secondment


  • 3 year Fixed Term Contract

About us

The Western Australian Council of Social Service is the peak body of community service organisations and individuals in Western Australia. WACOSS stands for an inclusive, just and equitable society. As a peak body for the Western Australian community service sector, we believe that communities flourish where people are given the opportunity to contribute and create. We are committed to advocating, enabling and leading change that supports healthy, active and inclusive communities.

WACOSS is part of a national network consisting of ACOSS and the State and Territory Councils of Social Service, who assist people on low incomes and experiencing disadvantage Australia wide.

WACOSS is a small but dynamic organisation whose impact and output far exceeds its size. We are proud to have over 260 members, both organisations and individuals. To create equitable and empowered communities there must be strong Peak’s voice that work with its members to advocate with and on behalf of those who are the furthest from levers of power and influence, to amplify their concerns and seek justice, to create a society that genuinely works for the benefit of all.

About the position

We are seeking a full time Deputy Chief Executive Officer, 38 hours’ week with flexible working options. WACOSS is open to offering a 12 month secondment to the right person or a 3 year fixed term contract.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer will oversee the organisation’s social policy, special projects and business development work.

The position also involves deputising for the CEO when necessary and providing inspiring leadership to whole of the WACOSS team.

This role will develop and maintain effective relationships at a senior level with Ministers, MPs, ministerial advisors, government agencies, the sector and other stakeholders. In addition, the role will lead, manage and develop staff to deliver consistent, high quality and effective advocacy strategies, campaigns and communication products.

Remuneration package is $126,015 per annum plus 10% superannuation and mobile phone allowance.

Essential criteria

To be successful you will need experience working in a community service sector, peak body or other comparable organisation at a senior management or director level. You will also need to demonstrate experience in developing quality social policy, research and community sector development. The role also requires the applicant to have substantial demonstrated success in identifying and initiating income generation opportunities to support WACOSS meet the outcomes outlined in the strategic plan. See attached JDF for full selection criteria.

For further information contact Alenka on (08) 6381 5300 or email: alenka@wacoss.org.au using the subject line: Deputy CEO enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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