Chief Executive Officer

West Connect Domestic Violence Services Inc.

Applications Closing: Friday, March 9, 2018 - 17:00

To be female is a genuine requirement for these positions under

(Section 31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977)


We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced CEO with commitment and passion to lead our dynamic team within a feminist philosophical framework.  The CEO reports directly to the Management Committee and is responsible for effectively overseeing and coordinating the senior staff to ensure the Organisation is meeting and implementing all the contractual and legislative requirements.  The CEO is required to have the ability for long term vision and for the growth of the Organisation.

Category: Executive & Senior Management
Field: Mental Health & Counselling, Women
Employment basis: Full-time
Job Location: Western Sydney
About us


Using a feminist framework that acknowledges a gendered analysis of domestic violence, West Connect Domestic Violence Services aims to provide a holistic response to women with and without accompanying children who are experiencing domestic and family violence and related homelessness, emphasising the principles of empowerment, self-determination and an acknowledgement of the dynamics of domestic violence in a political and social context.  We do this through the provision of direct support, safe accommodation and housing options and programs that aim to create a non-violent community where women and children, regardless of their social and cultural background, age and sexual orientation, will have access to the knowledge and supports needed to take control over their own lives.  West Connect Domestic Violence Services is guided by principles of social justice and equality.

West Connect Domestic Violence Service Inc. (WCDVS) is a not-for-profit organisation.

WCDVS manages four women’s refuges in Nepean/ Blue Mountains and Blacktown / Hills districts, including one Aboriginal specific refuge.  We also provide Outreach support services to women who have experienced domestic and family violence in our Community Hubs at Penrith, Katoomba, Doonside and Rouse Hill.

Position details
Essential Selection Criteria:
  • Understanding and a willingness to work from a feminist framework
  • Experience in a senior leadership position leading a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of relevant legislative policies, standards and requirements for a SHS services.
  • Previous experience with Compliance with Work Health & Safety and HR legislation requirements
  • Demonstrated track record in leading change, high level of financial / strategic planning and reporting skills
  • Continue to expand individual and organisational supports and enhance the organisations profile
  • Previous experience meeting with Politicians and Senior FACS staff on behalf of an Organisation
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in managing operational budgets, maintaining financial systems and experience with the End of Financial year reporting requirements for an NGO
  • Previous experience in organisational planning implementation, evaluating and reporting on service systems
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven high level of organisational planning and leadership
  • Demonstrated understanding of professional boundaries
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues relating to domestic and family violence
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain networks and linkages within the community and with government agencies to advocate for issues related to domestic and family violence
  • Proficient IT skills and working with Microsoft Office programs and data bases
  • Current NSW driver’s licence
Desirable Selection Criteria:
  • Previous experience working in a Domestic Violence Specialist Homelessness Service
  • Previous experience working with an understanding of Family and Domestic Violence in Aboriginal cultural
Other Information:

Employment as per SCHCADS Award Level 8 including Salary Packaging

Contact details
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 02 47 322 318
How to apply

Only applications addressing the above criteria for employment and providing 2 recent employer references will be considered

Successful applicants will be required to undergo a “Working with Children” and a “Criminal Record” check prior to commencement of employment

Applications to:   Chairperson   PO Box 55, Penrith 2751

Enquiries and emails:           Ph: 02 47 322 318

CLOSING DATE:  Friday 9th March 2018

Date posted: 21 February 2018

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