Where people matter
Led by Bishop Michael Morrissey, Geraldton is one of the three largest Diocese in Australia. Covering a large part of Western Australia with remote communities, Centacare Family Services provides a significant part of the Social Services support for the Diocese.
Centacare Family Services offers family relationships and community services to individuals, couples and families. As a Catholic agency we provide professional assistance in a manner that promotes human dignity and enhances growth and wellbeing.
All Centacare services are provided within an accepting and non-judgmental environment, by our caring professionals, who work as a team to ensure people are well looked after. Our services are open to people of all backgrounds, faiths and cultural groups, in keeping with our values.
In order to enact Centacare’s Mission Statement we are committed to the following values:
Service – guided by Christ’s example we serve all those who reach out for help.
Compassion – we are committed to listening, to understanding and assisting in the best way possible.
Justice – we provide a service that is non-judgemental, promotes equality and respects cultural differences.
Excellence – we promote excellence in services and programmes through staff who are committed to working as a team and to pursuing on-going professional development.
Centacare is positioned in the following locations: Geraldton (main office) with several other offices in Geraldton; Carnarvon; Exmouth and Mt Magnet. Their support is provided by a staff of approx. 50 professionals as well the dedication of numerous volunteers. They have total annual income of nearly $4m of which over 90% comes from Commonwealth and State funding bodies.
Living in Geraldton
Located 424 kilometres north of Perth with a population of over 40,000, Greater Geraldton has been named one of Australia’s regional capitals. The city boasts a prosperous economy and a number of industries including agriculture, mining, fishing, manufacturing, construction, retail and tourism.
With the best of coastal and rural living, Greater Geraldton has stunning weather all-year round. It is recognised as one of Western Australia’s top places to live, work or study. It is the capital of the Mid West region.
Greater Geraldton is also home to a number of private and public schools from K-12 as well as the opportunity for higher education studies with the Geraldton University Centre, Durack Institute of Technology and the Batavia Coast Marine Institute.
A range of information can be viewed by visiting the Centacare Family Services website located at https://centacaregeraldton.org.au/
Position Title: Chief Executive Officer
Reports to: Board of Management
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the overall operation of Centacare Family Services in a manner consistent with the mission, vision and values of the organisation, and the philosophy and ethos of the Catholic Church.
The CEO will ensure the viability of Centacare through the overarching management of service provisions, ensuring the availability of adequate funding, and that services meet their respective KPI’s and compliance requirements.
The CEO is to ensure the relevance of Centacare service provisions, ensuring that the organisation is adaptable and responsive to the changing needs of our communities.
At a later stage in this project you will be provided a full position description; and the success criteria for the first 12 months in the role.
This position reports to the Bishop of Geraldton through the Board of Management.
The following positions report to the CEO:
- General Manager Administration
- General Manager Operations
- Executive Manager Finance
- Family Relationship Centre Manager
- Research and Grants Officer
- Executive Assistant
An organisation chart will be provided as we step through this project.
Location and Travel
This position is located in the main office at 3 Maitland Street, Geraldton, WA. Given the nature of this leadership role, a significant amount of travel within the Diocese should be anticipated.
Conditions of Employment
- The remuneration package will comprise salary of $150,000 to $160,000 plus superannuation and 17.5% leave loading.
- Centacare is a PBI employer and can offer tax benefits to an employee. However, as such benefits rely on personal choice & circumstance, we leave it to the individual to calculate the ‘grossed up’ value to their package.
- Four weeks Annual Leave as well as the close down period between Christmas and New Year.
- The initial contract period is two years; and renewable subject to a performance review.
- Standard six-month probationary period of employment
- Reasonable relocation assistance (if required) will be negotiated.
- National Police Clearance within the past 12 months or if less than 5 years residence in Australia, a Police Clearance from previous country.
- Current WA Working with Children Check.
- Current WA Driver’s Licence.
- Desirable: membership to professional organisations
We invite expressions of interest from people who align with the following:
- Understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and the commitment to work within the philosophy and ethos of Centacare.
- Senior management experience, in a not for profit organisation, in the delivery of social service programmes. This experience will ideally include:
- financial management of Government and other contracts
- writing submissions for funding
- Ability to create, engage in and sustain effective, positive, and influential relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
- Strong communicational skills, both written and verbal.
- Tertiary qualifications in a Social Science related discipline together with a history of ongoing personal and professional learning.
Are You Interested in This Opportunity?
If you are interested in this role, simply complete the ‘Express Your Interest’ panel on this page; or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ref number TS1480. Please provide a brief resume and contact (mobile) telephone number.
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Questions can be directed to either (a) Chief Executive Officer John Chesher (0417 068 220) or (b) email to email@example.com. The timeline and details for this project are outlined below. All emails and applications are acknowledged within 48 hours.
The Selection Process
Key dates as follows:
|Date of project launch/advertising||By Fri 27 May|
|Latest anticipated date for applications||Tues 14 June|
|Review meeting & short listing||Week commencing Mon 20th June|
|Anticipated date for Centacare interviews||Week of Mon 27 June or 4 July|
|Final references; academic documents obtained||Following client interviews|
|Follow up meeting/discussion||Likely within 7 days of client interviews|
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- Trak Search is available for confidential enquiries. They will also provide additional information to allow you to explore how this role aligns with your expectations and interests.
- Closing is 5.00pm on the date shown above. However, a late application could be accepted, providing it does not adversely impact other applications or the Centacare schedule.
- We expect to contact one work-related referee prior to shortlisting, with additional references completed later in the process. This includes one between shortlisting and interview.
- Centacare will provide an option of a video interview in circumstances where a person is unable to attend for a face-to-face meeting.
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- Only people with the unrestricted right to work in Australia may apply for this role.
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