CEO Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council

Job No: LGAQ182
Location: Mapoon

About the Organisation 

 Beautiful Location close to Weipa and flights to Cairns

  • Well run council with abundant opportunities for further economic development
  • Strong organisational structure providing important services for the community

Mapoon is located 85 km north of Weipa and approximately 860km north of Cairns. One of the most scenic areas on the Western Cape, Mapoon enjoys the bounty produced by the Wenlock and Ducie River systems and the abundance from the Gulf of Carpentaria. The ecology is diverse and an abundance of birdlife, there is plenty to see and do. Mapoon is one of the gem places where you can finish work and hook a barramundi before tea-time.

Land tenure in the Shire is Deed of Grant in Trust (DOGIT) held by both MASC and the Old Mapoon Aboriginal Corporation. Native Title determination was achieved in 2014 and a number of Indigenous Land Use Agreement are active with the Mokwirri PBC.

Mapoon is situated in the bauxite mining area and access is through the Rio Tinto Weipa northern section of their mining tenement. The region covers 110,000 hectares and has a population of approximately 300.

The Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council consists of the Mayor and four (4) councillors who are elected by the residents of Mapoon for a four (4) year term. The Executive Management Team is made up of the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Managers in Finance, Corporate Services, Works and Land and Sea Rangers.  The annual budget for the Council is approx. $90 million with a staff establishment of around 50 people.


About the Position


Accountable to Council, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is Council’s principal staff officer, exercising overall management responsibility for Council’s operations. The main position objectives are as follows: -     

  • acts as the primary link between councillors and the organisation and is responsible for providing assistance to Councillors in developing policy;
  • provides leadership to staff in achieving Council objectives;
  • oversights the financial management of the Council;
  • communicates and promotes Council’s policies to the community.

 We are seeking a suitably qualified executive who knows what it takes to run a community based government organisation. We are seeking someone who has an eye on innovation and willingness to expand on commercial opportunities on behalf of council while ensuring governance and financial security of the organisation.  Strong executive capability, commerciality and cultural awareness will be assessed as part of the process.

Position Details

Please click on the link for a full copy of the POSITION DESCRIPTION.

How to Apply

Before you apply for this position, please read the position description carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position.  You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below.  You will also be asked to attach your current resume which should include two recent employment related referees. Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume.  A cover letter is not mandatory, but may be added if so desired. When uploading your Resume or documents please ensure file names should only include 'A-z', '0-9', '.' and '-' characters.

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Application will close on 19th  September 2017 at 10:00 pm. Please ensure you leave adequate time to complete your application before the closing date and time. 

For a confidential conversation, please phone Celia Jones - Principal Consultant Recruitment on 0409 119 561.


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