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Closing Date

Sunday, 11 February 2024




Canberra, ACT (preferred) but other locations will be considered.

Lead cross sector and systemic collaboration and change for children and young people by bridging the gap between research & policy in education, health, and social services.

  • Leverage your leadership experience to deliver great outcomes.
  • Drive well-being through strategic systemic change.
  • Unite stakeholders for impactful transformations.

The organisation

The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) is a for-purpose organisation with a mission to bring people and knowledge together and catalyse systemic change for children, young people and their families.

ARACY champions evidence-based policy and practice, while forging alliances between government, policy making, research, philanthropy and service delivery with a focus on prevention, early support and engagement. They work collaboratively with researchers, policymakers, practitioners and communities promoting evidence-based policies and practices through conferences, workshops, and resources, aiming to bridge the gap between research and policy.

At the core of ARACY’s work is “The Nest”, introduced in 2013 after consultations with over 4,000 children, families, and experts. It is a wellbeing framework for children and young people aged 0 – 24 years and conceptualises wellbeing as six interconnected domains that support each other to help children reach their potential.  ARACY also currently acts as Strategic Convenor for the Investment Dialogue for Australia’s Children, a long-term (10-year), structured approach and collaboration between philanthropy and government, with community and First Nations voices to be at its heart.

The role

The Board of ARACY is actively seeking a creative and adaptive CEO who will play a pivotal role in driving systems change and leveraging cross-sector collaboration for the well-being of children and young people.  The CEO will facilitate sector-wide initiatives, working closely with the new Chair to refresh, shape and implement the organisation’s strategy.

The successful candidate will have a comprehensive understanding of children and young people, mental health issues and Indigenous leadership, be a systems thinker with demonstrated knowledge of pathways to systems change. Proficiency in team management, financial sustainability, stakeholder engagement, knowledge of government and philanthropic funding, and expertise in process design are essential components of this leadership role.

The ideal candidate will be a calm and influential communicator with deep connections across corporate, government and philanthropic networks, a proven ability to forge powerful collaborations and the passion and skills to influence a broad range of stakeholders. The person will bring solid understanding of the political and policy processes and be a strong and successful collaborator able to orchestrate a range of initiatives for a peak body across health, education, social inclusion and overall development.  Importantly, they will have a genuine commitment to supporting children and young people to thrive and reach their potential.

To apply

People for Purpose is partnering with ARACY to lead the search for this role.

We invite you to read the Position Description and visit ARACY’s website to know more.

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 ARACY and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity.

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday, 11 February 2024.


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