ROLE: Chief Executive Officer (full time)

An exceptional vacancy has been created at Moriarty Foundation for our first Chief Executive Officer. This exciting position will take the reins from the Co-founder Managing Director who has held the role continuously since the Foundation was established in 2011. The role spans leadership and proactive hands-on team and organisational management.

The CEO will lead and manage the Foundation to continue to make practical, sustainable change to keep Indigenous children in school, and community members in jobs, in remote and regional Australia. We seek a proven candidate who possesses the necessary qualifications, skills, experience and networks to lead and manage our committed, high performing executive and management teams.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the position is based in Sydney, Crows Nest and will have 6 direct reports.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. 

About Moriarty Foundation

Sydney-headquartered DGR PBI Moriarty Foundation is transforming life outcomes for a generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and youth. We enable NT, NSW and Qld Indigenous communities and families to unlock their own children’s potential, with school attendance and local employment and staff development fundamental to our success. Gender equality for participants and staff (approximately 70) is central to our charter.

We have delivered highly effective community-led, locally driven solutions in early learning and football (soccer) since 2012. Our Founders and Co-Chairs are Yanyuwa NT man John Moriarty, business owner and the first Indigenous footballer (soccer) to be selected for Australia, and business owner/author/social investor Ros Moriarty.

Our Board and our team are majority Indigenous. We are in and of the community.

Moriarty Foundation has strong funding partnerships across government, philanthropy and corporate donors. We operate according to best practice business management, financial and governance structures.

We are affiliated with Aboriginal-owned design agency Balarinji, established in 1983. 

Moriarty Foundation delivers two integrated programs that follow the whole-of-child lifecycle from birth to 18:

Indi Kindi (0-5 year olds)

Indi Kindi is an early years program to improve the global readiness of Aboriginal children entering school. Our ground breaking “walking learning” outdoor teaching model helps young Aboriginal learners perform at their best.

Indi Kindi includes Indi Footi (2-5 year olds). Sessions for children to activate young brains through movement, and develop basic football and motor skills, balance and coordination in a fun, non-competitive environment.

John Moriarty Football (6-18 year olds)

John Moriarty Football is a football skills mastery program that uses sport to develop talent and positive change, improve school attendance and achieve resilient, healthier outcomes. Daily training and meals are provided by local coaches. Delivery modes include in school, after school, holiday clinics and tournaments, depending on local community needs.

John Moriarty Football includes John Moriarty Football Scholarship Program (12-18 years olds), a unique pathway for athletes with outstanding ability to study and pursue their football aspirations close to home or at some of Sydney’s most highly rated schools. Students are supported with regular travel back to their community, ongoing tutoring, mentorship and end to end pastoral care.

About you

We seek an outstanding CEO with a proven track record in leading and managing high functioning, collaborative teams and achieving exceptional organisational outcomes.

You will have the ability to work proactively and independently, and will demonstrate a commitment to excellence across strategic, operational, governance and financial delivery. You will be someone who is empathetic and is excited about driving sustainable grassroots change. You will apply your executive and managerial skills expertly, and will demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written communication with excellent attention to detail.

A personal style that is energetic, agile and inclusive is essential.  You will be someone who thrives on challenge, and maintains the highest ethics, integrity and professionalism.  You will be someone who enjoys a vibrant, innovative workplace where your career is supported and developed.

You will be driven by a desire to join an Indigenous-founded entity that is successfully redressing disadvantage and making a measurable difference to the lives of Indigenous children, families and communities.

Your background

  • Previous experience as a CEO is preferred;
  • Previous experience in the NFP sector is of interest but not mandatory;
  • Tertiary qualifications are essential;
  • Previous P&L and line management accountabilities for 7+ years and demonstrated financial literacy are essential;
  • Experience in developing, managing and leading sound and practical business, financial and personnel infrastructures is essential;
  • Experience in identifying and developing strategic partnerships, achieving financial outcomes and concluding contract negotiations is essential;
  • Interest or experience in creating positive change in the Indigenous context is essential.

Required skills

  • Financial literacy;
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and advocacy skills including the ability to develop effective working relationships with the Board and corporate, philanthropic and government stakeholders;
  • Proven leadership and extensive management expertise;
  • Ability to be agile and responsive to opportunities;
  • High-level conceptual and strategic planning ability;
  • Technologically literate;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in fundraising, with demonstrated skills in representing and negotiating with a range of stakeholders to obtain funding to support the organisation;
  • Proven ability to implement expansion and function strategically;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing a relatively small organisation in order to grow it;
  • Proven ability in building and leading teams with a strong record as an effective, empathetic, collaborative, team-oriented leader;
  • Demonstrated experience in governance, risk management, financial planning, budgeting, media and communications;
  • Strong presentation skills;
  • Advanced computer skills, especially MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Salesforce experience is preferred but not essential. Working on a Mac Platform;
  •  A Working with Children Check and National Police Clearance will apply to the successful applicant.


  • Lead and manage the organisation to achieve its objectives;
  • Ensure financial stability and sustainability;
  • Manage funding accountability in collaboration with CFO/Funding Executive and Head of Development;
  • Manage whole of team accountability;
  • Drive strategy, growth and innovation;
  • Represent the organisation to audiences and stakeholders;
  • Ensure organisational values are upheld;
  • Foster positive whole of team culture;
  •  Drive expansion;
  •  Manage organisational risk;
  •  Ensure the organisation remains “on brand”.

Apply now

Applications should consist of a cover letter outlining your overall suitability for the role taking into consideration the skills, background and person we are seeking and a CV. 

An attractive salary package will be offered to the successful candidate and beneficial PBI will apply.

For confidential discussions please call Cara Campbell, HR Manager, on 0408 827 503. 

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