Chief Executive Officer

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Contract Type: Permanent Recruitment
Location: Newcastle
Reference: BBBH19430_1572066336
Contact Name: Sally Bartley
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 01, 2019 16:10

Job Description

  • Act as a key voice for driving the socio-economic development of the Hunter
  • Thrive in this newly created advocacy position through compelling stakeholder engagement
  • Enjoy a truly rewarding role with an independent, not-for-profit organisation

The Committee for the Hunter's (CFTH) priority is to champion for the region as a whole, provide effective advocacy and thought leadership to build a sustainable and prosperous future, and strengthen the Hunter as a place to live, visit and invest. Australia's largest regional economy, the Hunter ranks above Tasmania, NT and the ACT in terms of economic output. It's an exciting time for the region, with strategic investment across key sectors earning Greater Newcastle a reputation as one of Australia's emerging dynamic cities. As the region progresses, there is a compelling need for influence, independence and advocacy through a unified voice for the Hunter. The Committee for the Hunter is an independent, not for profit organisation which brings together leaders from across the Hunter committed to advocating for the entire region.

About the role

Reporting to the Chair, the new position of CEO offers a unique opportunity to see the region thrive. We are seeking an exceptional leader with a strong understanding of policy and political environments, and an outstanding record in stakeholder engagement and advocacy. Through policy leadership and advocacy, the CEO ensures that the Committee for the Hunter is a highly credible and influential leader in the diversification and development of the region. Key to the position will be working closely with the Board, government, key stakeholders, members, businesses and the community to present a unified voice for the Hunter's development and set the benchmark in thought leadership. The CEO will also be responsible for building a financially sustainable organisation, managing the day-to-day operations and finances of the Committee, and continuing to build the membership base.

About you

The successful applicant will possess:

  • A comprehensive understanding of policy and political environments
  • Demonstrated understanding of innovations and trends
  • A strong national and global network
  • Demonstrated track record in achieving outcomes from solutions-based advocacy
  • Proven ability to establish highly productive relationships across the political landscape and the broader community
  • The ability to develop and implement strategic plans
  • Knowledge of and experience in the Hunter or a region similar to the Hunter
  • Energetic and inclusive leadership style
  • Strong stakeholder management and communication skills

A nationally and globally recognised participant in regional diversification and urban development, combined with global experience in urban/regional policy, planning and economics and experience leading and growing a representative based organisation is highly desired.

This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic and highly motivated leader with exceptional interpersonal skills and professional integrity. Key to this position is the ability to build a start-up organisation and build and maintain strategic relationships with stakeholders across the economic, social, cultural and environmental spectrum. Equally important is the ability to influence and engage with other thought leaders and executives in urban and regional policy at the local, state, national and international levels.

More details and how to apply

Click here to download the Success Profile for more information about the role.

Local media agency Out of the Square Media recently produced a thought provoking and informative clip that highlights the region. The Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 provide excellent blueprints for the future growth of the region.

Contact Sally Bartley on 02 4927 2016 or email for a confidential discussion, or apply now and submit a current version of your CV and a covering letter addressing the criteria. Applications close Friday 15 November 2019. It is anticipated that panel interviews will be held in Newcastle in early December 2019.

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