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Deputy CEO

Organisation Name People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
Location Sydney
Date Posted 2024-03-25
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 1192306
  • Australia's cross disability advocacy peak organisation
  • Develop, shape and champion policy and systemic advocacy
  • Suits candidates with rights based, advocacy, services organisation experience


The Organisation

For over 40 years, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has been at the forefront of advancing and protecting the rights, health and wellbeing of people living with a disability on an international, national, and state level. PWDA is a member organisation and the national cross disability peak rights advocacy organisation, led by and for all people with a disability.

With 65+ staff and a large national membership base, PWDA represent, empower, champion and celebrate people with a disability through their national and state based systemic advocacy work, as well as through the delivery of individual advocacy and a range of programs, services and activities.

Benefits & Culture
  • Be an integral part of the executive team
  • Central Sydney location with some WFH flexibility
  • Tax-effective salary packaging and generous leave entitlements
  • Inclusive and values-based culture
The Role

Providing strategic advice to the CEO and board, and working as part of the senior leadership team, you will move the organisation forward by overseeing the delivery of PWDA’s systemic advocacy function and individual advocacy services.
You will play an essential and highly visible role in representing PWDA publicly and engaging with a wide range of external stakeholders, including the media, both State and Federal Government representatives, as well as attending public hearings, sector forums and community meetings.
Your lived experience of disability and understanding of the current national disability sector will be key to your success in developing and leading the systemic advocacy (policy) team and enabling PWDA to support its members and meet its impact goals.

This role will also support the CEO in the overall leadership and management of the organisation.

Skills Required

You have a successful track record in leading, developing and managing teams to achieve social change, together with proven skills across advocacy, policy development and dealing with the media.

Living with a disability, and with high level knowledge and understanding around disability policy and services, you bring the ability to act as a spokesperson, communicate the PWDA vision and agenda, and engage and influence a wide range of stakeholders.

Your experience includes previous success in:
  • Leadership within a services organisation, ideally within the disability sector
  • Establishing networks and influence within the disability rights movement
  • Advising and working collaboratively with boards and senior leaders
Please note, the successful applicant will be required to hold a current Working with Children and National Police Clearance, COVID vaccination certificate - 3rd dose, and have ability to undertake periodic interstate travel.

PWDA welcomes diversity and people with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply (reasonable adjustments are available)

If you are a passionate leader with a desire to positively impact people living with disability, please click apply to submit your resume and cover letter responding to the skills required section of the advertisement above, or speak with Hayley Martin on 02 8243 0570 for further information.

Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested, we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

NGO Recruitment values equitable recruitment practices and is committed to representing candidates reflective of the diverse organisations and communities we work with. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds, ages, and identities, and are happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs. If you are interested in this position and have most of the skills or experience we are looking for, please go ahead and apply.

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.