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POSITION: General Manager, Yuendumu NT

Joshua Cole, 8th May 2023

POSITION: General Manager, Yuendumu NT

Warlpiri Media Aboriginal Corporation, trading as PAW Media & Communications

  • Salary range of $110K – $120K +10.5% Super - Salary dependant on experience.
  • Not-For-Profit Salary Packaging benefits.
  • 6 Weeks Annual Leave with an additional 17.5% Leave Loading.
  • Relocation Assistance up to $1,000 available at contract beginning and end.
  • Furnished accommodation and utilities provided free of cost.
  • 12-month Contract, with potential for renewal under similar arrangements.
  • Remote Central Australian location based in Yuendumu, NT.

The General Manager (GM) position leads a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous coordinators and staff who work in Radio presenting and production, Video production, Music production, Archiving, Digital literacy and Administration.

The GM is responsible to the Board of Directors of Warlpiri Media Aboriginal Corporation. A high level of self-direction and initiative is expected within the framework set by the Directors. They are expected to protect the organisation from risk and to proactively pursue projects and opportunities in PAW’s best interest. The GM is to perform their duties to the highest level of ethical practice and demonstrate strict adherence to PAW Media policies. They are to provide the leadership and business acumen to fulfil the organisation’s objectives.



  • Oversee, manage and delegate the day-to-day operations of PAW in accordance with the strategic and business plans and policies of the Board of Directors.
  • Report to the Board on organisational performance and compliance requirements.
  • Plan and prepare for quarterly Board of Directors meetings.
  • Research, develop and submit funding proposals for projects and oversee acquittal of grants to ensure the ongoing financial viability of PAW.
  • Provide proactive and timely advice and information to the board.
  • Assist the Directors with policy development through information, training and advice.
  • Contribute to the development and review of long-term strategy.
  • Implement the decisions of the Board.

Organisational Management

  • Ensure the organisation’s relationship to community and culture is strong.
  • Ensure operations are effectively managed.
  • Oversee compliance and contractual agreements of the organisation in accordance with policies, budgets and industry regulations.
  • Ensure financial systems, processes and activities are managed for maximum efficiency.
  • Expand the organisation’s resource base.
  • Manage all human resource requirements including an appropriate Aboriginal workforce policy.
  • Ensure a risk management plan is in place and used.
  • Ensure all processes and systems needed for effective organisational performance are in place.
  • Manage assets of the organisation effectively, ensuring that usage is within policy guidelines, that assets are appropriately insured and that assets are protected against loss and damage.
  • Develop and recommend annual budgets for Board approval and oversee sound financial management and planning.
  • Ensure the organisation has adequate staffing to achieve the strategic vision.
  • Ensure all staff work within a performance-based framework.
  • Ensure all staff complete allocated projects on time and deliver projects in accordance with executed agreements. Ensure they submit reports to funding bodies as appropriate.


Relationship Management

  • Develop collaborative working arrangements between the organisation and its stakeholders.
  • Enter negotiations with parties as required and exercise care regarding risk.
  • Advocate for, represent and promote the organisation at local, state and national levels.
  • Negotiate service level agreements, outcomes, targets and budgets with funding providers.


Organisational Obligations

  • Ensure statutory obligations are complied with as outlined by ORIC and the CATSI Act
  • Ensure reporting to funding bodies meets all requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with policies, procedures, the constitution and legal requirements.



  • Demonstrated cultural awareness and an understanding of the issues that Indigenous Australians face, especially in remote areas.
  • Experience in radio broadcasting, television, video production or comparable experience and the capacity to understand the technical space that PAW operates in.
  • Qualification in Business Management or equivalent on the job managerial experience. High level financial management skills, including budget development, monitoring and reporting.
  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills including operational planning, staff management, financial planning, and efficient workplace procedures.
  • Significant experience working in an environment with media technology, office and accounting software such as Xero, Microsoft Office Suite and Creative Cloud
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills in a culturally diverse setting.
  • Experience maintaining and growing relationships with partners, stakeholders, philanthropists including relevant public funding bodies at federal, state and local levels. Strong networking capacities with stakeholder groups.
  • Experience managing staff and HR related issues.
  • Knowledge, understanding and familiarity of governance frameworks, ORIC and the CATSI Act
  • A Full and current driver’s license, the ability to travel for extended periods and available to live in a remote community.
  • Committed to work out of hours or for extended hours during peak periods when overtime is necessary.
  • Be on call for out of hours emergencies as required


  • Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Demonstrated capability and commitment to continue to develop cultural connections and competency
  • Previous bonds and connections with Indigenous peoples or Indigenous communities.
  • Experience in community development and/or working in an inter-cultural context.
  • Understanding of working with and reporting to Indigenous groups, individuals, and communities.
  • Experience living and working in a remote Australian Indigenous community.
  • 4WD and manual driving experience.

PAW Media & Communications is the trading name of Warlpiri Media Aboriginal Corporation, an Indigenous-controlled media production house and accredited charity based in the remote Indigenous community of Yuendumu. The Corporation’s membership encompasses Pintubi, Anamatjere and Warlpiri people, creating the acronym ‘PAW’. Warlpiri Media began life as a pirate TV station in the mid 1980’s and later became famous for its hit TV series “Bush Mechanics”. In addition to its video activities, Warlpiri Media now manages and operates the 8PAW Radio Network, a licensed community broadcasting service for 13 Indigenous communities across the Greater Tanami Desert region. PAW Media also manages the Warlpiri Media Archives, an audio visual and video collection built over thirty-five years that is acknowledged for its national cultural significance.

Yuendumu has a population of approx. 1000 people, predominantly Warlpiri. The community is the main service delivery centre for Warlpiri Aboriginal Lands.


  • Provide a pdf Pitch telling us your skills, knowledge, qualifications and experiences that make you the best person for this role. This includes addressing the required level of cultural competency
  • Provide a pdf statement clearly addressing and highlighting all areas outlined in the Essential and Desirable Criteria. 
  • Submit a copy of your CV in pdf format.

If you require any additional information, please email [email protected]

Please note that applications that do not include a statement that CLEARLY AND SEPARATELY addresses all areas within the Selection Criteria will not be accepted.

All applications MUST BE EMAILED to [email protected] using the subject line: General Manager application.

Applications Close June 1st. We will be contacting shortlisted applicants from July 1st.

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