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Chief Executive Officer

Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) have had a historically close relationship – with a shared vision, values, and complementary functions. Together the Boards are delighted to announce that they have agreed to merge and are now seeking an inaugural Chief Executive Officer to lead both organisations through the process. Under the umbrella of Domestic Violence Victoria, the result will be an expanded, more robust and more influential peak body for the specialist family violence sector in Victoria. An independent, non-government organisation with a vision for a world where women, children and all people can live fulfilled lives, free from fear and violence.

About the role

Reporting to the Board, the new Chief Executive Officer will provide leadership and strategic direction, creating a shared vision, positive workplace culture and a well-governed and sustainable organisation. Building upon the strengths of both, you will further develop its role as a peak body, working with the sector to build resilience and capability by providing member representation and support services. With responsibility for realising DV Vic's ambitions and delivering the intended benefits of the merger, the role will act as an agent of change to eliminate family violence. Influencing government, policymakers and community and business stakeholders, DV Vic will build intent and action to achieve systemic change.

With exceptional strategic leadership skills, political acumen, and a demonstrated commitment to gender equity and intersectional feminist principles and values, you will have extensive experience and success at operating at a senior level in a complex environment. With a proven track record of driving transformational change, you will demonstrate the ability to work transparently with the Board to ensure the delivery of strategic and business outcomes. An inspiring and compassionate person who empowers others and sets clear objectives, you will ideally have led a program of work that has delivered reform and/or social change underpinned by effective collaboration.

How to apply

For further information, to obtain a copy of the full position description or to apply, please contact Julia Soutter at Fish & Nankivell on 03 9654 7622 or email

We recognise it is a challenging time for many, and we are adapting to create a flexible approach to our search and selection process. Like many small businesses, the Fish & Nankivell team is now working remotely and we will endeavour to continue to provide a seamless service. We highly recommend reviewing the full position description and have a telephone conversation with Julia prior to submitting your application.

Closing date is expected to be Monday 27th April 2020, but we would encourage applications as soon as possible.