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Chief Executive Officer, ACT Cemeteries and Crematoria Authority

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer, ACT Cemeteries and Crematoria Authority
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Australian Capital Territory
Industry: Public Sector
Reference: BH-29066-1
Job Published 12th November 2021
  • ACT Cemeteries and Crematoria Authority
  • Lead a sustainable Government business
  • Drive revenue growth and employee engagement

The ACT Cemeteries and Crematoria Authority (the Authority) is an independent statutory authority that currently manages and operates a crematorium and three public cemeteries at Gungahlin, Woden, and Hall. The key purpose of the Authority is to meet the needs of the ACT community for culturally appropriate cremation, interment and memorialisation services. The Authority strives to operate as an efficient Government business with a strong customer service focus and is committed to safeguarding the environment and the health and safety of staff and visitors.

The CEO has the overall responsibility for services in the ACT and they report to both the ACT Government and the ACT Cemeteries and Crematoria Authority Board which has legislative responsibilities under the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2020. The CEO is a member of the board and in collaboration with the Chair, is the face of the Authority and is responsible for its brand profile, relationship and reputation with the community, industry, and government stakeholders.

The Authority is currently focussed on expanding and competitively positioning its services to meet the changing needs of the community. Strategic projects include the operation of the crematorium at Gungahlin Memorial Park opened in February 2021, input to the development of a new major cemetery in the south of Canberra, updating strategic asset management plans and the master plan for Gungahlin Memorial Park consistent with informing a strategic portfolio management approach to the assets.

We are seeking an influential leader with the business acumen necessary to ensure that the Authority is financially sustainable. You will need to be entrepreneurial and have a track record of successful business development, stakeholder and community engagement, understanding of government in order to maximise growth and profitability, and to position the organisation as a leading provider of services.

This significant role requires a leader with the proven ability to drive employee engagement while maintaining an excellent culture of customer service excellence. Experience working with boards at a strategic level and leading teams in regulated sectors is essential.

This is a unique role combining complex strategic challenges with hands-on operational leadership. You will be joining at an exciting time of growth, service enhancement and organisational development.

The successful applicant will be appointed for a period of up to five years by the Board under section 80 of the Financial Management Act 1996 and sections 117 and 118 of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Act 2020.

Candidate information:

Please click here to download a copy of the Candidate Information Pack. For more information, please contact Kate Bromley at publicsector@derwentsearch.com.au or call 02 9091 3210.

To apply:

Please provide a cover letter highlighting your suitability and interest for the role and a resume by the due date.

Applications close: Sunday, 28 November 2021