The Opportunity

Chief Executive Officer

Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Australia
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2022-04-10
Reference: BH-29500
Contact Name: Ali McCourt
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 11, 2022 18:07

Job Description

  • Natural Hazards Research Australia
  • Develop a new collaborative research institute protecting Australian Communities
  • Flexible location

The Australian Government established Natural Hazards Research Australia (the Centre) in 2021 with a vision that through carrying out research and implementing the outcomes communities will be safer, more resilient and sustainable in the face of natural hazards in a changing climate.

Supported by $85 million in funding over ten years from the Commonwealth Government and further funding from the States and Territories to deliver critical research into natural hazards and disaster resilience, the Centre leads a coordinated national research effort, building on the strong foundations of its preceding Cooperative Research Centres, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and the Bushfire CRC. This unique leadership opportunity follows the retirement of the incumbent CEO.

The Centre is an aggregator and enabler of multidisciplinary research capabilities, insights and projects, delivering the maximum value to investing partners. It works in the broad emergency management and disaster resilience sector, with partners drawn from all states and territories, governments, key industry bodies, the private and not-for-profit sectors, and other organisations with a stake in protecting Australian communities.

As CEO you have responsibility for the development and delivery of the Centre’s strategy, reporting to a skills-based Board and supported by a small nationally distributed team. You provide the leadership and management to ensure that it works with partners and the community to produce tangible research results that enable end-users to manage risk from natural hazards more effectively.

We are seeking a talented leader with significant senior executive experience in a collaborative research environment. As the Centre’s primary spokesperson, it is essential that you have exceptional communication, stakeholder engagement, negotiation and facilitation skills along with high levels of political nous in managing relationships.

This is a rare opportunity to develop an organisation with a compelling mission and make a difference through better decision-making to save lives and protect communities.

Please click here to download a copy of the Candidate Information Pack. For further information, please contact Derwent at and we will respond to your enquiries, or call Ali McCourt on 02 9091 3253.

To apply:

Please provide a cover letter highlighting your suitability for the role and a resume by the due date.

Applications close: Tuesday 26th April 2022

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