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Closing Date

Sunday, 28 January 2024




Sydney, NSW

Lead this iconic “for purpose” organisation, leveraging your leadership experience, commercial acumen & commitment to young people & NSW communities

  • Provide visionary, inspirational leadership.
  • Use proven commercial expertise to build on a strong foundation.
  • Lead through growth, change and innovation.

The organisation

The YMCA, in New South Wales (Y NSW) is a vibrant organisation within the world’s oldest and largest youth movement, operating across 120 countries. With a history of 175 years and a global reach of over 58 million members, YMCA NSW is committed to strengthening communities. Recognised for its leadership in safeguarding, the organisation prioritises the safety and empowerment of children and young people.

As a part of a broader movement active across every state and territory in Australia, Y NSW serves over 40 communities, offering diverse programs such as gymnastics, aquatics, camping, and youth initiatives. With a focus on inclusion and empowerment, their evidence-based Youth and Community programs, including Streetgym and Youth Parliament, support mental and physical well-being, foster a sense of belonging and amplify the voices of young people. Employing over 1,300 people, Y NSW is a beacon of inspiration and community impact.

Y NSW is at an exciting time in its evolution; with a dedicated Board, a proven track record for excellence in community engagement, and is well positioned as a leading “for purpose” organisation to grow and expand its reach under the guidance of an emotionally intelligent, financially astute and experienced leader.


The role

Building upon the Y NSW’s success to date and its trusted reputation, the incoming CEO will work closely with the Board to refine and deliver the organisation’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan (that is aligned with the global and Y Australia Vision 2030 Strategy), streamline day-to-day operations, and fortify its financial position for strength and growth within the context of an enterprise approach to sustainability.

This role calls for an experienced, commercially astute leader, adept at balancing commercial and social imperatives, in a time that presents both opportunity and challenge in the delivery of human programs and services. In addition, Y NSW needs a leader experienced in service delivery, project management and stakeholder engagement to underpin its success. At a time of transformation, the new CEO will steer Y NSW through its next critical chapter leveraging digital technologies for efficiencies and scale.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an innovative leader with exemplary commercial, strategic and people management skills gained in the public or the private sector in an organisation of equivalent size and complexity.  Experience in, or exposure to a non-profit, children and youth sector organisation is highly desirable.


To apply

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

We invite you to read the Position Description, latest Annual Report, and Strategy on a Page. To review their financial statements, please visit the Y NSW’s website.

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 Y NSW and how your skills and experience align with this opportunity.


Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 28 January 2024.


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