Full-time (5-year contract)


Sydney, NSW

Lead this credible and influential peak body to have impact and influence on macular disease in Australia.

  • Use your professional leadership, strategic and advocacy skills
  • Build on a solid foundation and strong, established reputation
  • Position the organisation as a principal voice in the sector

The organisation

Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) is the national peak body representing the interest of 8.5 million Australians living with or at risk of macular disease and their families.  Established in 2001 by Dr Paul Beaumont whose vision was to develop a patient-centric, independent and trusted organisation for those living with or at risk of macular disease.

MDFA’s purpose is to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease through leadership in prevention and early detection, disease management, advocacy, and research. They work collaboratively and in partnership with the community, health professionals, researchers, and government to minimise the impact of macular disease.

The role

MDFA is seeking an inspirational, influential and inclusive Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will lead the organisation on its next steps towards growth, sustainability and impact. Working closely with the board of directors, the CEO is responsible for strategic and operational business planning and performance, and the effective management of day-to-day operations, people and resources.

The CEO will be the public face of MDFA and be responsible for the design and delivery of the organisation’s vision, strategy and programs; managing critical relationships with all key stakeholders, including government, corporate and philanthropic partners and leading the overall governance, financial management and operation of the organisation.  Your ability to build trusted relationships lead, motivate and inspire a professional and passionate team will be critical.

Experience, knowledge & skills

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • A genuine commitment to positive patient experiences and outcomes and an alignment to the mission of MDFA.
  • Senior leadership experience at CEO or executive level in successfully leading a complex or peak body organisation.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and build trusted relationships across a wide range of stakeholders including government, corporate and philanthropic partners and the macular disease community more broadly.
  • Proven ability to drive positive cultural change within an organisation by supporting, inspiring and empowering team members.
  • A track record of leading or supporting successful fundraising and sourcing funding opportunities is a valuable attribute.
  • Evidence of having led a digital transformation, including CRM database and an understanding of how technology can be leveraged to increase efficiency and service delivery.
  • Accomplished and influential communication skills with the ability to communicate key messages succinctly and clearly, both verbally and in writing, including skills in media and policy engagement.
  • Demonstrated understanding of good governance practice and ability to work effectively with a Board.
  • Proven track record in strategy development, project, budget & resource management.
  • Sound accounting, financial control and reporting skills.
  • MBA or degree in business or similar discipline.

To apply

People for Purpose are partnering with Macular Disease Foundation Australia to lead the search for this role.

We invite you to read the position description here.  For further information on Macular Disease Foundation Australia, please visit their website here.

Once you have absorbed this information and completed your own research, if you have specific questions, please call us on 0468 625 252 or email [email protected]

To apply, as well as your CV, you must submit a cover letter outlining why you are interested in representing Macular Disease Foundation Australia and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity.

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