Skip to main content



Orange, NSW

Lead the next important chapter for this organisation committed to supporting education and training for young people in regional and rural Australia

  • Lead and inspire a variety of stakeholders for organisational growth.
  • Build on a positive and established foundation and reputation.
  • Leverage your strategic leadership capability and management experience.

The organisation

The Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) is a national for-purpose organisation dedicated to helping rural and regional youth access post-school education, training and jobs through grants, scholarships, support services and resources. The Foundation works with and supports volunteers in regional communities to provide financial assistance and support to young people aspiring to education after school whether that be university, vocational education, or work-related training.

CEF’s mission is to promote and enable the further education, career and personal development opportunities for rural youth and help close the education participation gap that exists between country and city students.

Since its inception in NSW in 1993, CEF now has grown into a nationwide entity working across NSW, NT, Qld, SA, and Vic. To date the organisation has supported over 7,000 young people and have set themselves an ambitious goal to support 70,000 kids in the next 30 years.


The role

Building on its success to date and trusted reputation, the CEF is seeking their next experienced and inspiring Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will work closely with the Board to guide the organisation’s vision and strategy, enhance day-to-day operational management, and maintain a strong financial foundation to underpin significant growth as they embark on their next positive chapter.

The successful candidate will bring sound leadership and people management capability, be experienced in growing a business and implementing a careful growth strategy, ideally in the for-purpose sector.  You will be highly skilled at managing and developing a diverse range of stakeholder relationships from donors, volunteers, education providers, and young people. Importantly, you will have a strong connection to regional Australia and closely aligned to CEF’s mission and values.


To apply

People for Purpose is partnering with Country Education Foundation to lead the search for this role.

We invite you to read the Position Description and their most recent Financial Statement. For further information on Country Education Foundation, 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]

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

Apply Now