NPA CEO Kevin Evans has decided to step down after more than 7 years of exceptional leadership. We are currently accepting job applications for a new CEO until 11 June 2017.

The CEO is responsible and accountable for implementing NPA’s strategic plan in conjunction with the Executive, building the reputation and profile of NPA within the community, managing NPA’s external and internal operations, and providing consistent high level advice to the Executive on operations, policy, advocacy and planning.

Key relationships and reporting structures

The CEO reports directly, through the President, to the Executive.

Externally, the CEO represents NPA on a range of environmental NGOs including the National Parks Australia Council, the Environmental Liaison Office, Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, Stand up for Nature Alliance, and the NSW Forest Working Group.

Position scope

The CEO currently leads a team of 12 staff (permanent/temporary/contract/full and part time). Additionally, the CEO is responsive to meeting the requirements and needs of a complex network of member/volunteer based Committees.

Key accountabilities

The CEO will fulfil the accountabilities of this role in accordance with the NPA’s Code of Ethics, principles and values.

In financial and resource management the CEO will:

  • Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices and policies;
  • Work with the appropriate staff and the Finance Committee to prepare the annual budget for approval by the Executive and State Council;
  • Prudently manage expenditure within budget allocations and ensure good value for money;
  • Promote ongoing revenue growth;
  • Ensure corporate and regulatory compliance; and
  • Jointly with the President, Hon Secretary and other designated officers, conduct official correspondence and execute legal documents.

In relations with staff the CEO will:

  • Maintain staff levels in accordance with directions issued by the Executive;
  • Be responsible for the recruitment, selection, employment, and orientation of all staff;
  • Effectively manage staff performance, ensuring the completion of probation and performance management, and updating of position descriptions and duty statements;
  • Be responsible for the provision of relevant professional development and training;
  • Ensure ongoing compliance and development of WH&S policies and procedures; and
  • Maintain and develop an organisational culture that attracts, rewards and retains high calibre paid and unpaid staff.

In communications the CEO will:

  • Ensure that the Executive and State Council are kept strategically informed as to the current state of the Association’s affairs, particularly on matters that might pose a significant risk to the organisation;
  • Ensure that the Executive and State Council are provided with timely, strategically focussed reports well in advance of scheduled meetings;
  • Represent the position and views of NPA to all relevant internal and external stakeholders in a way that enhances NPA’s public profile and reputation;
  • Identify and establish productive working relationships with relevant government, private and not for profit organisations and agencies; and
  • Adhere to a politically non-partisan position in all communications.

In relation to member participation the CEO will:

  • Support and facilitate involvement of skilled volunteers in relevant aspects of NPA’s work, through committees, member groups and as individuals; and
  • Support and facilitate productive working partnerships between paid staff and volunteer contributors.

In corporate governance the CEO will:

  • Ensure that the NPA Strategic Plan is implemented;
  • Provide leadership, direction and advice in the development of program, annual operational and financial plans; and
  • Ensure the maintenance of paper and electronic records and documents in accordance with the organisation’s procedures, and ensure compliance with all relevant national and state legislation.

Essential knowledge, skills and attributes

The essential knowledge, skills, and attributes of the appointee include proven:

  • High level leadership skills;
  • Management experience, preferably including within the not for profit sector;
  • Capacity in high level strategic planning;
  • Capacity in high level policy development and policy analysis;
  • High level verbal and written communication skills;
  • Change management and facilitation skills;
  • Financial management and fundraising skills;
  • Ability to actively engage with parliamentary members and senior government officials;
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of supporters, colleagues and communities;
  • Ability to actively engage with, and facilitate, member groups and volunteer committees;
  • Ability to manage competing demands within limited timeframes.


The successful candidate will hold relevant qualifications that enable them to strongly represent and lead NPA. Suitable fields might include ecology or other life sciences, or environmental policy, planning or law.


The successful candidate will be an experienced, enthusiastic and committed leader. Experience working closely with, or reporting to, a Board or similar is preferred. Candidates may come from outside the conservation/environmental movement, but must demonstrate a real commitment to conservation, as expressed in their professional or personal lives.

In addition, the qualities of an ideal candidate include:

  1. Track record of delivering visionary leadership to, and effective management of, a team of talented and diverse professionals.
  2. Very strong communication skills with a capacity to inspire, collaborative with and motivate people. Experience as a spokesperson communicating to broad audiences, including in the media.
  3. Strong public presence, yet also compassion and approachability.
  4. Understanding of a membership organisation; with the determination to communicate, listen, engage, and work towards common purpose – coupled with the ability to act decisively in the absence of complete consensus.
  5. Sound political judgment and experience with effective government liaison at senior levels.
  6. Experience in building and maintaining productive partnerships and strategic alliances.
  7. Proven acumen for setting clear priorities, meeting or exceeding goals, delegating effectively, and running a fiscally sound operation.
  8. The highest ethical standards and personal integrity.
  9. Good humour, patience, empathy, warmth, resilience, and considerable energy.
  10. A willingness to travel occasionally within NSW and interstate.

Remuneration and Conditions

A total salary package will be negotiated with the successful candidate. The CEO may engage in occasional professional activities which do not otherwise interfere or conflict with the performance of contractual obligations or responsibilities. Tenure will be initially for 3 years, subject to appropriate performance of duties, and the ongoing needs of the NPA.

The position is based in the Sydney Office. Suite 302, 52-28 William Street East Sydney NSW 2011.

Tenure may be extended for a further term by mutual agreement.

Performance Appraisal process: The Executive will conduct an initial probationary review at 6 months and then performance appraisals at 12 month intervals.

How to apply for this jobThe following information must be provided to the selection panel to assess your suitability for the position:

  • Your current Curriculum Vitae or resume including the names and contact details of two referees who have a thorough recent knowledge of your work performance. These will be contacted by a member of the selection panel.
  • A short cover letter of no more than two pages outlining your suitability for the position.

Applications should be emailed to, using the subject line: by 5pm, Sunday 11 June 2017.

All applications will be acknowledged.

Please contact Anne Reeves, NPA President, for further information about this recruitment opportunity or for details about our organisation. Contact Anne by email: or mobile: +61 (0)407 210 608.

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