The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is a rewarding place to work and we value the contribution made by team members. We encourage the values of equity, inclusiveness, integrity, sustainability, and evidence-informed policy and practice.

If you would like to join our team, please respond to the advertised vacancies below.

Benefits of working for the Alliance:

  • attractive not-for-profit salary packaging options
  • opportunities for further education and professional development
  • a supportive learning environment
  • flexible working conditions
  • competitive leave entitlements.

Current vacancies 

Chief Executive Officer
National Rural Health Alliance

Job description

  • Key strategic leadership role in advocating for rural and remote health
  • Drive member value
  • Lead a high performing and passionate team


The National Rural Health Alliance (the Alliance) is a public company limited by guarantee governed by a Board of Directors and managed by a Chief Executive Officer in accordance with the powers delegated to the position by the Board under the constitution.

The Alliance members are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the 7 million people in rural and remote Australia.  The Alliance provides a united voice for people and health professionals living and working in rural communities, and advocates for sustainable and affordable quality health services.  The most important role, underpinned by our broad representative base, is listening to the people of rural, regional and remote Australia and taking their views to government.

The CEO leads a small team of staff based in Canberra.


The CEO is responsible for positioning The Alliance and rural and remote health as an essential matter of focus for government.

The CEO will build the reputation and profile of NRHA through working in partnership with the staff and members. Providing advocacy and a voice for rural and remote population health, ensuring financial sustainability, managing the staff team to ensure effective and efficient operations, implementation of the strategic plan, and providing consistent high-level advice and information to the Board.


  • Work with the Board to develop and deliver a clear strategic direction and operational plan for the organisation
  • Strengthen the profile of the Alliance
  • Engage with key stakeholders to effectively execute strategic outcomes
  • Provide collaborative leadership, support, and strong direction of a committed team, fostering a high-performance culture
  • Identify new revenue opportunities through the development of strategically beneficial relationships with new and existing partners
  • Manage all business operations, including financial and operational management


Excellent communication skills

  • History of effective collaboration
  • Senior management/executive experience at national level
  • Strong leadership capability
  • Credibility in rural and remote health sector
  • Experience in government and or policy work
  • Skilled in advocacy and political engagement

For any confidential enquiries please contact NRHA Company Secretary, Maryanne Simpson [email protected] using the subject line: Chief Executive Officer enquiry
Applications close end of business (AEST) Friday 1 July 2022.

A position description can be found here.

NRHA embrace differences in gender, age, ethnicity, race, cultural background, disability, religion and sexual orientation. We encourage all suitable applicants to apply for this role



Director, Policy and Strategy Development

  • Excellent opportunity with a leading national organisation
  • Rewarding and meaningful role with a dedicated team of professionals
  • Full-time position for three years with possibility for extension
  • Competitive remuneration package including 11.5% super, salary sacrifice and packaging options

About the Alliance

The National Rural Health Alliance is Australia's peak representative and advocacy body for rural and remote health, with the secretariat located in Deakin, Canberra. The Alliance works closely with 42 member organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of the 7 million people in rural, regional and remote Australia.

About the role

The Alliance is seeking an experienced professional to lead the Alliance’s policy and strategy development team. The Director will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and other members of the Alliance team to lead the development of key strategic initiatives and policies to improve the health and wellbeing of people in rural, regional and remote Australia.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in the successful development and implementation of strategy and policy initiatives and processes, preferably in the health sector. In particular, the successful candidate will have demonstrated:

  • A record of achievement at a senior level in formulating strategy and policy that has resulted in substantive change.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and constructively with a wide range of stakeholders including government departments and other peak bodies.
  • Initiative, drive and responsiveness to emerging opportunities and demonstrated leadership capacity.
  • Superior analytical and research skills.
  • High-level communication skills, both oral and written.

The position offers flexible working conditions, a generous salary package, salary sacrifice/salary packaging (full PBI status) and 11.5% employer superannuation contributions.

How to apply

  • Position description and selection criteria are available here.
  • Applications should include a copy of your resume and a statement addressing the essential and desirable selection criteria of the position. Applications should be emailed to [email protected] by close of business Friday 1 July 2022.
  • For further information please contact Dr Gabrielle O’Kane, Chief Executive Officer, National Rural Health Alliance on 0417 464 216.


NRHA values workplace diversity and is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment. We welcome applications from people of all abilities, backgrounds and life experiences, including Indigenous Australians, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature-age people. Should you require special assistance through any stage of the selection process, please contact our office.