Chief Executive Officer - Philanthropy Australia

Full Time

  • National leadership role serving Australia’s philanthropic sector
  • Inspire and cultivate a new wave of philanthropy
  • Lead a dynamic membership-based organisation
  • Role based in Melbourne or Sydney

The role 

The Board of Philanthropy Australia is seeking to appoint a dynamic and experienced executive to lead the organisation as it seeks to inspire better philanthropy.  Reporting to an energetic and engaged Board, the Chief Executive Officer will lead the Executive Team to deliver a strategy that supports Australia’s growing philanthropic sector.  The Chief Executive Officer will provide leadership, direction and guidance for the organisation’s activities and programs. 

With a strategic mindset and a proven capacity to engage a diverse set of stakeholders, the successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the philanthropic sector.  The appointee will have strong management and commercial capabilities and an ability to develop and inspire teams.  As the voice and face of Philanthropy Australia, the Chief Executive Officer will be an exceptional communicator and an effective advocate for the sector at large.  

The organisation 

Philanthropy Australia is a not-for-profit membership organisation working to achieve a generous and inclusive Australia through more and better philanthropy.  Philanthropy Australia is the national peak body for philanthropy. Its members include trusts, foundations, families, individual donors, professional advisors, companies, intermediaries, and not-for-profit organisations. 

Philanthropy Australia provides advocacy, networking, services, and resources to the philanthropic and not-for-profit sector, as well as information and research for the Australian community.  Philanthropy Australia is an ever-growing movement of people and organisations who believe in the importance of giving, and are proud to leverage their wealth and influence to create social change. 

How to apply 

To receive a candidate brief or to arrange a confidential discussion about the opportunity, please contact Fish Nankivell Partner, Andrew Abbott, on 0401 712 953 or 

Applications close Friday 16 February 2024 

Applications comprising a CV and cover letter can be submitted here or emailed to


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