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Chief Executive Officer

National Rural Health Alliance

Job description

  • Key strategic leadership role in advocating for rural and remote health
  • Drive member value
  • Lead a high performing and passionate team


The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is a public company limited by guarantee governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a Chief Executive Officer in accordance with the powers delegated to the position by the Board under the constitution.

The Alliance members are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the 7 million people in rural and remote Australia. The Alliance provides a united voice for people and health professionals living and working in rural communities, and advocates for sustainable and affordable quality health services. The most important role, underpinned by our broad representative base, is listening to the people of rural, regional and remote Australia and taking their views to government.

The CEO leads a small team of staff based in Canberra.


The CEO is responsible for positioning the Alliance and rural and remote health as an essential matter of focus for government.

The CEO will build the reputation and profile of NRHA through working in partnership with the staff and members. Providing advocacy and a voice for rural and remote population health, ensuring financial sustainability, managing the staff team to ensure effective and efficient operations, implementation of the strategic plan, and providing consistent high-level advice and information to the Board.


  • Work with the Board to develop and deliver a clear strategic direction and operational plan for the organisation
  • Strengthen the profile of the Alliance
  • Engage with key stakeholders to effectively execute strategic outcomes
  • Provide collaborative leadership, support, and strong direction of a committed team, fostering a high-performance culture
  • Identify new revenue opportunities through the development of strategically beneficial relationships with new and existing partners
  • Manage all business operations, including financial and operational management


Excellent communication skills

  • History of effective collaboration
  • Senior management/executive experience at national level
  • Strong leadership capability
  • Credibility in rural and remote health sector
  • Experience in government and or policy work
  • Skilled in advocacy and political engagement

For any confidential enquiries please contact NRHA Company Secretary, Maryanne Simpson nrha@ruralhealth.org.au using the subject line: Chief Executive Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

A position description is attached.

NRHA embrace differences in gender, age, ethnicity, race, cultural background, disability, religion and sexual orientation. We encourage all suitable applicants to apply for this role

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