Current Vacancies

Chief Executive Officer - Volunteering Australia

  • National peak body based in Canberra
  • Leading Not for Profit Organisation for Volunteers
  • Shape the future of volunteering in Australia
  • Up to $150,000 pa package - generous salary packaging available

Volunteering Australia (VA) is the national peak body for volunteering, working to advance volunteering in the Australian community. VA actively provides consultative feedback and input to Government to influence public policy, and highlight its impact on Australia’s nearly six million formal volunteers and the organisations to which they offer their time.

The VA Vision is to see “A stronger, more connected and resilient Australian community through volunteering” and the VA Mission is to lead, strengthen, promote and celebrate volunteering in Australia.

Reporting to and in partnership with the Board, the CEO is responsible for the success of Volunteering Australia, ensuring meaningful contribution to and support for the volunteering sector. In close collaboration with Partners, Stakeholders and Members, the CEO will be responsible for accomplishing the VA mission and vision through the effective leadership and management of VA staff and day-to-day business operations.

This is both an exciting time for VA and a challenging time for volunteering, with issues and opportunities for volunteering across Australia to be navigated. The incoming CEO will be tasked with growing the organisation including the expansion of VA’s partnerships and working with the Board to develop the next strategic plan.

The CEO will have strong values that align with VA’s goals and mission, and thoroughly understand the context and landscape of volunteering in Australia, including challenges and opportunities in practice and from a policy perspective.

To be considered for this role you will need to be a dynamic leader, with the ability to engage and develop lasting, positive relationships with passionate stakeholders at a national level, including partners, members, government, private organisations, community and Foundation Members (State/Territory peaks).

Your commercial and business acumen will ensure the successful delivery of key objectives whilst growing strategic partnerships that encompass revenue generation and organisational growth, to the benefit of both members and stakeholders.

You will be experienced in leading associations and not for profit organisations, including supporting effective governance processes. An in-depth knowledge of driving national strategy across a federated model is essential, as is experience in navigating and leading the development of national advocacy and communications campaigns.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the national peak organisation for volunteers as it moves into a new strategic cycle, and shape the future of volunteering in Australia.

How to Apply

Please note People Recruitment will commence screening and interviewing for this role immediately. If you are intending to apply, please do so now. 

Applications Close: 5pm Monday 13 July, 2020

Preferred Format: Candidates must complete and submit the COMPULSORY People Recruitment Application Form (attached to this advertisement) at the time of applying. The Form contains questions against which we require your specific response prior to considering your application. People Recruitment prefers a 2 page letter of introduction and a CV of no more than 6 pages, merged into the Application Form as one MS Word file.


The Chief Executive Officer, Volunteering Australia recruitment assignment is being managed exclusively by People Recruitment - a generalist division of People Recruitment Group.

In the first instance general enquiries should be directed to Karen Good on FREECALL AU 1800 634 388 or +61 2 9555 5000

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