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Chief Executive Officer

Organisation : GetUp via People for Purpose

Location : Australia (Sydney Preferred (Melbourne and Brisbane Candidates welcome))

Work type : Full-time

Profession : CEO & Senior Management

Sector : Community Engagement

Salary type : Annual Package

About the organisation

Organisation Name : GetUp via People for Purpose

GetUp is an independent campaigning community and movement of more than one million everyday people working to build a progressive Australia and put people back into politics.

GetUp works on a range of campaigns in the areas of First Nations Justice, Climate Justice, Economic Fairness, Human Rights and Democratic Integrity.  From making sure hundreds of thousands of people are able to vote in elections, to successfully stopping major projects threatening the Great Barrier Reef, or securing billions of dollars in new funding for mental health. Whatever they do, they do it with as many people as possible – using their hands, hearts, and voices to fight for justice on the issues that matter most.

About the role

  • Build on solid institutional foundations and an established reputation
  • Encourage and guide a diverse, passionate and capable team
  • Shape the national political agenda and have real-world impact

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the design and delivery of the vision, strategy and campaigns of GetUp. This includes managing key and critical relationships with our members, donors, campaign partners, parliamentarians, policy makers and other key stakeholders.

The CEO is responsible for leading a committed and passionate team with a wide range of lived experiences. They are also responsible for leading financial and operational capabilities, as well as organisational growth, all underpinned by solid governance. 
Experience, knowledge & skills

To be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of the mechanisms of political change and leverage, and advocacy experience in one or more of GetUp’s campaign areas. 

You will have strong Executive-level experience with strong people management skills as well as demonstrated business acumen and commercial experience, including strategic planning and financial management.

You will have an ability to anticipate trends and identify opportunities in the issue areas where GetUp campaigns. A strong, big picture grasp of the dynamics of power, justice and equity as it manifests in Australia is crucial in this role.

In addition, you will have a demonstrated commitment to GetUp’s workplace values around political independence, addressing structural inequity and acknowledging the intersectionality of justice. You will have a demonstrated ability to communicate and work with communities affected by the areas we campaign on, as well as experience supporting staff with a diversity of lived experiences.

You will have authentic and credible interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and lead a thriving high performance team, and work with GetUp’s stakeholders to build a strong and engaged community of democratic engagement and activism. 

You will also have an ability to create and communicate an inspiring vision that supports the work GetUp undertakes and helps to influence and engage members, government leaders, policy makers and the wider community.

How to apply

People for Purpose are partnering with GetUp to lead the search for this role. 

We invite you to read the position description located on the People for Purpose website under Executive Search at  For further information on GetUp, please visit their website at

Once you have absorbed this information and completed your own research, if you have specific questions, please call us on 0468 625 252 or email

To apply, as well as your CV, you must submit a cover letter outlining why you are interested in representing GetUp and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity.

Applications close 5pm on Sunday, 19 June 2022


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

Profession: #CEO_and_Senior_Management
Sector: #Community_Engagement


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