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Chief Executive Officer - Alice Springs

Arid Lands Environment Centre Inc.


Located in Alice Springs, Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) is Central Australia’s peak environmental organisation, defending Australia’s iconic desert country for more than 40 years.

After a 13 year career with ALEC, our CEO is moving on and we are seeking a person to lead this dynamic, influential and progressive organisation.

About Us

ALEC is a strong and trusted voice for Australia’s iconic desert country. We stand up and speak out for the protection of land and water, animals and plants, special places and the communities that depend on them. We work with partners across vast landscapes to deliver solutions to the ecological challenges we face. We understand the importance of knowledge, science, research, education and engaging the community on the issues that matter.

ALEC (https://alec.org.au) is a diverse organisation, with key major projects focusing on safe climate, a clean energy future, protecting country, driving desert sustainability and is part of the Alice Springs Future Grid. ALEC also encompasses the Arid Edge Environmental Services (https://aridedge.com.au) providing expert environmental service and design solutions to build more sustainable communities.

The Role

Reporting to the Board, the ALEC CEO is responsible for the development of the organisation aligned with the strategic plan. This includes overall coordination of all ALEC activities and programs, representation of ALEC in the public sphere, to government and the media, to members and volunteers. The ALEC CEO is also responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day management of ALEC, management of staff, financial and office administration management.

Priorities for the role include:

  • The CEO provides leadership to ensure the delivery of the Strategic Plan endorsed by the Board. This includes managing the financial, material and human resources required to undertake the successful delivery of the ALEC Strategic Plan objectives. The CEO manages budgets and cashflow, manages the staff, and drives the development of government, corporate and funder relationships.
  • The CEO oversees the organisation and receives direct reports from relevant staff members. The CEO fosters collaboration and teamwork between staff and assists managers with the tasks required to deliver the strategic plan objectives.
  • The CEO holds key external relationships with government, collaborative groups, funders and agencies, sponsors, partners, media, suppliers and our community.

The Person

The new CEO will be an experienced and proven leader and manager, who is passionate about the sustainability and protection of Australia’s arid lands and people. Their background may be in government and/or environmental organisations. They will be able to demonstrate a track record of successfully leading culturally inclusive and collaborative organisations and teams. Experience developing and implementing strategies, policies and procedures. The new CEO will also have strong advocacy, organisational and project management skills and experience in the not-for-profit sector and with regulatory compliance and Work Health & Safety obligations.

For initial enquiries and a detailed role specification, please contact Board member Paul Ah Chee at paul.ngala@gmail.com or on +61 417 845 841. Alternatively, contact Chairperson Barb Molanus at barbara.molanus@alec.org.au, using the subject line: Chief Executive Officer - Alice Springs enquiry via EthicalJobs or on +61 439 827 160.

ALEC is proudly diverse and an equal opportunity employer. The Board strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people with a disability, and those from every culture, gender and sexual identity, age and ethnic background to apply.

A position description is attached.

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