Chief Executive Officer - Fisher Leadership
Close Date: 11/04/2023
REF: BLAceo0223
Applications for this listing are closed

Chief Executive Officer

Close Date: 11/04/2023
REF: BLAceo0223
  • Lead a strong, growing and vibrant national environmental organisation
  • Drive the development and implementation of its ambitious strategic and operational plans
  • Stop the extinction crisis and put native birds on the path to recovery


The Position

Reporting to a skilled and dedicated Board, the CEO will lead 120 staff in a science-based organisation supported by more than 330,000 members, supporters, volunteers and donors.  In collaboration with other conservation organisations and working with governments, academic institutions, corporations, land managers and local communities, BirdLife Australia is on a mission to recover threatened birds and restore local environments.

With proven CEO or senior executive experience and with expertise or strong understanding of leadership in conservation, you will provide leadership, steer and champion the Bird Conservation Strategy inside and outside the organisation. Demonstrated business acumen combined with the ability to lead effective engagement and bring inspiring leadership will drive success in this role.

As a confident and engaging individual with exceptional interpersonal skills, you will have the capacity to oversee strong project design, management and reporting disciplines throughout the organisation.  Aligned to BirdLife Australia’s values, you will promote BirdLife Australia as a member-based organisation and lead an ambitious growth agenda.

Relevant tertiary qualifications in business administration, science, management or another relevant field are expected.

The Organisation

BirdLife Australia has been at the forefront of bird conservation in Australia for over 120 years. The bold new Bird Conservation Strategy is the blueprint to saving Australia’s birds.  BirdLife Australia’s head office is located in Carlton, Victoria and there are 38 branches, 4 special interest groups, 3 reserves, 2 observatories and 1 Discovery centre.

Building on a strong foundation and financial position, the organisation is positioned strongly for growth and impact.

For more information about BirdLife Australia visit:

Applications close: Tuesday, 11 April 2023

To apply – click on ‘APPLY ONLINE’ using reference BLAceo0223, addressing your cover letter and resume to Kate Wheeler or Pauline Gates of Fisher Leadership, or call 1300 347 437 for further information.

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