Closing Date

Sunday, 5 September 2021




New South Wales

Oversee a breadth of social enterprises in waste, recycling, environment, community and Aboriginal services creating jobs that care for people and the planet.

  • Build on a solid foundation and established reputation
  • Ensure operational excellence for continued growth & opportunity
  • Provide vision and guidance to a committed team

The organisation and opportunity

Community Resources Limited (CRL) is here to make a difference. Since its inception over 30 years ago CRL has created hundreds of jobs through the establishment and operation of three social enterprises: Green Connect, Soft Landing and Resource Recovery Australia. These entities exist to create meaningful job opportunities to those facing hardship, whilst also keeping waste out of landfill, growing and distributing fair food, and providing community service to those who need it most. CRL balances social enterprises with its place-based community services Helping Hands, Home Base, Great Lakes and Manning Youth Homelessness Service, and WasteAid.

CRL has grown through acquisitions and amalgamations and a key priority for the next phase of evolution is to appoint a leader who can build the narrative to bring the operations together to look and feel like one community-orientated, sustainable social enterprise. The Board is looking for a leader who has a proven track record of leading an organisation from an operational and financial perspective, but of equal importance, will have the ability to lead a shift in the culture and perceptions of staff and stakeholders.

The role

The CEO is responsible for determining the strategic direction of the organisation, carefully balancing CRL’s impact agenda with the ability to deliver operational excellence and maintain commercial strength.

The new CEO will have the commercial nous to ensure the organisation catches up to its size and complexity following a period of growth. The CEO will strengthen operations, consolidate commercial arrangements and bring people together to collectively amplify the organisations impact.

Experience, knowledge and skills

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A genuine commitment to people and the planet through employment and community development. Experience in social enterprise and / or waste management are highly desirable.
  • Experience in working with a board to develop a high-quality strategic plan and a demonstrated capability in the effective implementation of strategic and operational plans.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, governance excellence.
  • An inspiring and visionary leadership style that will motivate all stakeholders including staff, the Board, community partners, funders, those with barriers to employment, and the local communities more broadly.
  • The ability to develop robust financial and commercial plans, and budgets to support the strategic plan ensuring financial strength and growth and manage risk.
  • A commitment to ensuring CRL’s work through its enterprises are both high quality and high value.
  • Leadership credibility and experience in developing meaningful relationships across stakeholder groups.
  • A commitment to developing Aboriginal leadership
  • The ability to represent CRL as a capable and inspiring leader.

To apply

People for Purpose are partnering with Community Resources to lead the search for this role.

We invite you to read the position description here.  To review the Community Resources annual report visit their website here. Once you have absorbed this information and done your own research, if you have specific questions, please call us on 0468 625 252 or email [email protected]

To apply, you must submit a CV and a covering letter outlining why you are interested in representing Community Resources and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island people are encouraged to contact us. You will be able to discuss the opportunity with our Chair, Katriina Heikkanen.

Applications close 5pm on Sunday, 5 September 2021

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