Chief Operations Officer

Drive Reconciliation Australia’s strategic and operational leadership.  

  • Canberra  

  • Annual salary: $185,000 + Superannuation 

  • Flexible working Environment 

  • Identified Position 

Our organisation

Reconciliation Australia is an independent, national, not-for-profit organisation promoting and facilitating reconciliation by building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Our vision is for a just, equitable and reconciled Australia. 

The role

The Chief Operations Officer (COO) is an identified position and is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Reconciliation Australia’s corporate functions. Demonstrating strong leadership that builds internal capability and capacity in line with organisational strategic goals. With a range of external stakeholders from government, not for profit and corporate sectors, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and leaders.

The COO will be the senior leader in the Canberra Office responsible for the management of and a small corporate services team made up of IT, Finance and Human Resources. This role will enhance the organisational culture within Reconciliation Australia and will work closely with the CEO contribute to the strategic direction of Reconciliation Australia. 

About you 


  • Proven ability to work collaboratively within a leadership structure, including setting strategic directions and performance standards for the organisation.   
  • Demonstrated high level of understanding and awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their cultures and issues affecting them, including the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  
  • Proven ability to apply strategic thinking and build organisational capability to achieve organisational goals.  
  • Strong analytical skills with a demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgement to inform decisions.  
  • Excellent communication skills, including high level verbal and written skills, and the ability produce accurate high-quality work and reports and to regularly present in a range of forums.  
  • Demonstrated ability to engage key stakeholders, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, corporate, not-for-profit and government stakeholders in the work of Reconciliation Australia.   
  • Proven ability to lead and develop a skilled team, including active coaching, building team capability, and setting performance standards.   
  • Proven program management experience successfully delivering accurate high-quality work within a fast-paced environment.   
  • Demonstrated business development skills to source new program initiatives and opportunities.    


  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline or minimum 7 years’ work experience. 

Salary and other details

The salary range for this role is $180,000 + superannuation, dependent on experience and qualifications, and is a fixed-term contract to 30 June 2023 with extension depending on funding. 

How to apply

Email [email protected] your:

  1. CV;
  2. Covering Letter addressing quoting ref: COO
  3. Completed RA Cover Sheet, see below.

Download the position description and cover sheet. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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