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Chief Executive Officer

Organisation : National Shelter

Location : Australian Capital Territory, Melbourne, Sydney

Work type : Full-time, Part-time

Profession : CEO & Senior Management

Sector : Homelessness & Affordable Housing

Salary type : Annual Package

About the role

  • Rewarding opportunity to lead an organisation focussed on improving housing access & affordability across Australia
  • Position could be full-time or part-time depending on applicant
  • Attractive remuneration & East Coast based: Sydney, Canberra, or Melbourne

A rare and exciting opportunity for an experienced community-minded leader to join the highly regarded, non-government peak organisation, National Shelter.

About the Opportunity

In this dynamic and hands-on CEO role, it is your primary responsibility to lead National Shelter in the achievement of its strategic goals and management of the organisation’s day-to-day operations. For this unique opportunity, the successful candidate must be ready to actively model a collaborative and strategic organisational culture, provide inspired leadership, establish great working relationships with the National Shelter Council, their members and stakeholders, and build on the financial sustainability the organisation has established.  

National Shelter is a small organisation with a big and bold agenda, and it is the CEO’s duty to ensure the organisation maintains its well-recognised reputation as the peak body aiming to improve housing access and affordability for Australians living on low incomes.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • Report to the Executive Committee and the National Shelter Council to keep them informed
  • Actively involved in the development and implementation of operational policies and strategic plan
  • Act as the primary spokesperson for National Shelter
  • Engage with mainstream and social media platforms
  • With the National Shelter Treasurer, oversee and develop the financial activities, including budgeting, reporting, auditing, sponsorships and partnerships
  • Maintain and foster relationships with all levels of industry, government, and relevant institutions to influence sustainable growth and profitability for organisation
  • Assure all legal and regulatory requirements are met and monitor compliance with laws and regulations
  • Identify and address challenges and opportunities


About You

As someone who is passionate about changing housing policy and outcomes in Australia, you are a recognised leader with the ability to identify opportunities to advance the endeavours of the organisation. The successful candidate must be ardent and have a contemporary understanding of the sector/housing issues, with the ability to raise public awareness, negotiate and influence government policy and action.

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A strong and enthusiastic commitment to social justice and the values that accord with National Shelter
  • Demonstrated leadership, influencing and stakeholder management skills
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and proven ability to quickly grasp and explain concepts/ideas in housing policy
  • Relevant academic qualifications or equivalent demonstrated experience

About the organisation

Organisation Name : National Shelter

About Our Client

National Shelter is the peak body for housing and the secretariat to the National Shelter Council.  Established in 1976, National Shelter is an independent not for profit organisation conducting systems advocacy, policy and legislative research and community engagement around the housing system.  National Shelter seeks fairer, improved access to housing that is affordable for people living on low incomes.

How to apply

Apply Now!

If you have any queries please email in the first instance, or call 1300 2 HUMAN (1300 248 626).

To apply, please ensure you click the Apply button, upload a CV and cover letter contained in one document.  Please do not email your CV.  All applications MUST be made online. The position description is also available to download when you click 'apply'.

Please Note:  Our recruitment process will keep you regularly informed of the progress of your application.  Please ensure that you check your email for updates (including your junk mail folder).  Applications will remain open until a suitable candidate is appointed. 


Please quote in application: Chief Executive Officer via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #CEO_and_Senior_Management
Sector: #Homelessness_and_Affordable_Housing

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