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Chief Executive Officer

Job No: 110366
Location: Sydney

  • Are you looking for a role where you can make a difference by achieving protections for nature and a safe climate?
  • Be one of the leading voices for nature in NSW in this key role at Nature Conservation Council of NSW!
  • Attractive executive remuneration of $120,000 negotiable (plus super)
  • Great job satisfaction and rewarding workplace culture

About the Organisation

Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) and the environment groups it represents have been winning protections for nature in NSW for more than 60 years. NCC has been at the centre of many of the state’s iconic conservation battles and has notched up countless wins for nature and local communities.

Today, we work to clean up the state’s dirty electricity system, end unsustainable tree-clearing on farms and in our forests, protect biodiversity, bring our rivers and coastal wetlands back to health, give marine life in our coastal waters the protection it deserves, and provide leadership on fire policy, education and ecology.

We use a systematic, solutions-based approach to campaigning that is founded on research, with the aim of building the enduring community power needed to win.

You can find more information about NCC’s work as the voice for nature in NSW at

About the Opportunity

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) is looking to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer, which is an exciting opportunity for a strategic, focused and experienced leader wanting to make an impact.

In this key role, you will lead and strengthen the organisation. As one of the significant voices for nature in NSW, you will provide visionary leadership, passionately and strategically driving NCC’s campaigns, programs and community and media engagement activities, ensuring they align with the organisation’s purpose, vision and goals.

Your duties will include:

  • Providing strategic leadership and direction to the management committees, staff and stakeholders, inspiring commitment and action for NCC’s purpose, vision and goals;
  • Growing NCC’s power and influence by nurturing strong, strategic and collaborative relationships, alliances and networks;
  • Generating and implementing strategies that achieve community engagement with NCC's vision and policy agenda;
  • Providing effective representation of NCC to decision makers, stakeholders, media and the community;
  • Ensuring effective organisational management, including campaign capabilities, continuity and development, financial viability, risk management and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements;
  • Managing people and culture, actively encouraging an organisational culture that promotes NCC’s values, inspires collaboration, and attracts, develops and retains talented staff;
  • Driving effective fundraising growth by building and maintaining productive relationships with trusts, major donors and individuals to generate donations, grants, bequests, and attracting supporters.

To view the full Position Description, click here.

About You

To be successful in this role, you will be a passionate, inspiring, strategic and organised individual with proven leadership skills and a strong ability to build and develop diverse, motivated and purpose-driven teams. You will have impeccable relationship management skills and a demonstrated ability to secure funding through a variety of supporters.

Your understanding of political decision making combined with your high-level interpersonal and representational skills and experience ensures you can effectively work with senior leaders of government, business, media, and all other stakeholders, presenting ideas, motivating and influencing positive change and effectively communicating NCC’s goals.

Your natural networking abilities and experience in capacity building and successfully developing compelling campaign strategies ensures you use strategic engagement and publicity opportunities as they arise. You will have proven experience efficiently and effectively managing the operational and financial outcomes of an organisation or a department. 

A passion and appreciation for environmental issues, familiarity with environmental policies and an understanding of digital campaigning and other innovative ways to create change will be highly regarded. 

Importantly, you will be driven by the need to enact change and truly understand the ‘big picture’ of senior management, turning strategy and vision into strong, measurable and achievable objectives that actively engage.

About the Benefits

With extensive opportunities for strategic leadership, you can be sure that this is an important career move if you want to make your mark and establish yourself in executive management within the not-for-profit area.

In addition to the satisfaction of helping to bring about positive environmental changes in NSW, you will be rewarded with an attractive salary of $120,000 plus super (negotiable).

This is a fantastic opportunity for a motivated, focused and innovative senior manager to step up and be a lead voice for nature in NSW, contributing to policy direction and leading effective action for nature and a safe climate.


Please note: Candidates will be assessed and interviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled so we encourage you to submit your application at your earliest opportunity.

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