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Operations Manager / Project Manager - Galiwin'ku

Why Warriors Org Ltd

Work Type: Full-time, fixed term with the potential for extension

Location: Galiwin’ku township, Elcho Island, NT 0822 Australia. Galiwin’ku is a remote Aboriginal township in North Australia.

Diverse executive management role based in Galiwin’ku, Elcho Island, a beautiful location, where you will be leading and working with a team of dedicated Yolngu (Indigenous people of East Arnhem Land) and Mainstream staff, passionate about improving the health and reducing the incidence of chronic disease among the Yolngu.

The Organisation

Why Warriors Org Limited (WWO) is a registered charity that has grown out of relationships with the Yolngu People of Northeast Arnhem Land, NT, Australia. We are a small but innovative organisation with relationships and corporate knowledge going back 45 years.

In recent years the organisation has partnered with Yolngu in developing solutions to restore control over their health, through what has become the Hope for Health Program.

The Program

Hope for Health (HFH) is an exciting community driven program, where the Yolngu traditional diet and frameworks are being used powerfully to tackle chronic disease and empower health.

The Program provides dietary and educational interventions that commence with a health retreat “on country”, followed by a local health coaching program to support community members on their journey to positive lifestyle change. The program has already achieved high retention and success rates, and in 2022, we have an opportunity to deliver the program at a larger scale and partner with a large research project, seeking to find preventative health solutions.

The Role

Working with the Co-founder, the Operations Manager/Project Manager will oversee the operations of the Hope for Health Program, including coordinating and delivering two health retreats, health coaching and mentoring services and coordinating with Why Warriors’ institutional research partners.

You will be supported with cultural introductions and cross-cultural training to help you navigate and liaise with our community and to develop a working knowledge of the HFH model and our broader methodologies.

The chief executive (i.e. CEO) function will be shared between the Co-founder and the Operations/Project Manager, both report directly to the Why Warriors’ Board of Directors. The position is also responsible for reporting to and maintaining accountability with the Hope for Health Steering Committee.


The ideal candidate is a dedicated individual with a calling to work with Indigenous Australians. They will have relevant experience in Business Management, knowledge of the Health Sector and Project Management.


  • At least two years business development, staff management and financial management experience, preferably at executive level.

  • Program and project management experience including managing budgets over $300,000.

  • Excellent and demonstrated communication and leadership abilities.

  • Ability to engage at a high level with a range of stakeholders and funders.

  • Good networking and PR skills.

  • Solid IT skills including Excel and the full Office suite of programs.


  • Experience delivering large events, camps, or retreats.

  • Experience in community development or not-for-profit operations.

  • Awareness of (and preferably experience with) low carb, healthy fat nutrition strategies.

  • Health sector experience and qualifications.

  • Demonstrated experience and comfort with complexity.

  • Demonstrated experience and success in fundraising.

  • Experience with and ability to work in a two-way (cross-cultural) team, ideally with the Yolngu people

  • Experience of living in remote locations.

Attractive salary package $120,000 - $130,000, including salary sacrifice, accomodation, flights, leave loading, with 6 weeks annual leave. 12 month contract commencing early January 2022.

A position description is attached.


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