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Closing Date

Friday, 31 May 2024




Parramatta, NSW

Join this iconic for-purpose organisation, support a new CEO and leverage your leadership skills and commitment to young people and NSW communities.

  • Lead a large multidisciplinary team across several major portfolios
  • Bring your strategy expertise and strong commercial nous
  • Facilitate change to maximise The Y’s impact in the community

The organisation

The YMCA of New South Wales (The 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, The Y NSW is committed to strengthening communities.  Recognised for its leadership in safeguarding, the organisation prioritises the safety and empowerment of children and young people.

The Y NSW believes in the power of inspired young people and its Vision is a community where every person thrives in body, mind, and spirit.

As a part of a broader movement active across every state and territory in Australia, The 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 Street gym and Youth Parliament, support mental and physical well-being, foster a sense of belonging and amplify the voices of young people. Employing close to 1500 people, The Y NSW is a beacon of inspiration and community impact. The 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

Working closely with a new CEO – and collaboratively as part of the executive leadership team – this role plays an integral part of implementing The Y NSW’s vision and mission, and in delivering on the organisation’s strategic goals and objectives.

The primary responsibility of the COO is to provide strategic leadership for the Children’s Services, Recreation, and Camping functions of the organisation, and ensure the effective delivery of both strategic and operational elements, as well as identifying new opportunities. The COO will drive continuous improvement efforts to deliver high-quality services to both internal and external stakeholders.

The Y NSW is looking for an experienced executive who is a skilled communicator, with an ability to engage their entire team. Strong commercial acumen is essential, along with a track record of working across diverse functions and identifying opportunities for improvement and growth. The successful candidate will bring previous P&L oversight. Experience of managing change in a complex environment is also essential, as is previous experience of operating within a regulated environment. The COO should be skilled in implementing strategy and have the ability to build relationships and lead a diverse team.

Executives who fit the above criteria, and who align with the values of The Y NSW – caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and safety are encouraged to apply.


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 and to review their annual reports and financial statements, please visit their 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]

Your application will include your CV, as well as a cover letter outlining why you are interested in joining The Y NSW and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity. A considered cover letter will be an important part of your application.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 31 May 2024


If you are viewing this opportunity via LinkedIn, we invite you to visit the People for Purpose website under Executive Search at for further information.

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