Position: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Success Works Partners

About Us:

Operating as an Incorporated Association registered in NSW, Success Works Partners places women with a criminal record into paid employment.  We are unique in Australia as the only culturally safe organisation supporting female ex-offenders to become contributing members of their community and move into employment. We are staffed by women with lived experience of the criminal justice system and supported by a volunteer Board and volunteer mentors.

Through our specialized approach and focus on outcomes, we aim to break the cycle of disadvantage and trauma experienced by families affected by incarceration through mentoring, professional development workshops, individual support, and the development of partnerships with employers. 

Job Description:

We are seeking a dedicated and passionate CEO to lead our organisation and drive our mission forward. As the CEO, you will successfully lead, inspire, and support our small team, develop, and manage relationships with key stakeholders including employers, funding bodies and government agencies and work with the Board to build our social enterprise.

The Role:

  • Together with the Success Works Board and staff, develop a strategic vision for the organisation, with a focus on securing opportunities for women with criminal records.
  • Lead and manage Success Works staff to achieve our mission.
  • Build and nurture strategic partnerships with government agencies, community organisations and businesses to create employment and educational opportunities.
  • Together with the Board, raise funds and ensure the management of the organisation’s financial resources to ensure long-term sustainability.
  • Advocate for policy changes that benefit our target demographic.
  • Oversee the implementation of programs and initiatives that support women with criminal records, including mentoring, job training, and reintegration programs.
  • Maintain a strong and transparent organisational culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Essential Criteria:

  • Proven leadership experience at a senior level, preferably in the non-profit or community sector.
  • Proven record in leading and managing a team.
  • Strong strategic thinking and the ability to develop and execute a vision.
  • Track record of successful fundraising, grant writing, and financial management.
  • Experience in advocacy and policy change.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with external stakeholders from various sectors.
  • Passion for, and commitment to, the empowerment and support of women with criminal records.

Please address the essential criteria in your application

Desirable Criteria:

Success Works 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, and value lived experience of Success Works staff, including the CEO. If you are interested in this position and have most of the skills or experience we are looking for, please go ahead and apply.


  • Opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the lives of women seeking a fair chance.
  • Collaborative and passionate team dedicated to a common mission.
  • Flexible working conditions and opportunity for payment of a performance bonus.

How to Apply:

If you are a visionary leader with a heart for creating positive change and empowering women with criminal records, we invite you to join our team.

To apply, please email your resume, a cover letter addressing the essential selection criteria, and two references to Megan Etheridge, Board Chair, Success Works: Megan@tectonex.com.au by close of business 15 February 2024.

For further information and a confidential discussion about the role, you are invited to contact Megan Etheridge, Board Chair, Success Works on 0408 708717

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome candidates from all backgrounds to apply. We look forward to welcoming a dedicated CEO who shares our commitment to transforming lives and creating a brighter future for women with criminal records.


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