Executive Director

Melbourne, VIC |

Location: Melbourne

Reports To: CAHA Board (Committee of Management)

Contract: Part-time 0.8 FTE (twelve-month contract, possibility to extend dependent on funding and performance)

The Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) is an alliance of Australian health stakeholders who share a concern about the damaging health effects of a changing climate, and the need for responses from the health sector, governments and the community to limit health harm and build adaptive resilience to the additional and inevitable warming of the planet.

CAHA is a leading not for profit organisation. It is a member of Climate Action Network Australia, a founding member of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, and the Australian affiliate and partner of the international non-government organisation, Health Care Without Harm.

The goal of CAHA’s work is to reorientate Australia’s climate policies and behaviours towards health promotion and protection through advocacy, campaigns, education, and communications, supported by research, and guided by the CAHA Strategic Plan. CAHA’s projects and campaigns seek to mobilise the health sector to educate policymakers and the public about the health risks from climate change and fossil fuels and the health benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adopting low carbon lifestyles.

The Climate and Health Alliance is building on its work on climate change and health through investing in this senior leadership role to help achieve a national strategic public policy approach to addressing the impacts of climate change on health, and support the expansion of a regional network of green hospitals and health services to accelerate the transition to low carbon healthcare.

This role provides an opportunity for an experienced and dynamic Executive Director with strong management and fundraising skills to lead this innovative and highly regarded organisation, and its coalition of health groups in advocacy for action on climate change in Australia and, with its international partners, at the global level.

The Executive Director will be responsible for the development and implementation of the organisation’s strategic vision, plan and goals, and management of CAHA’s operations. This includes managing CAHA’s advocacy campaigns and sustainable healthcare programs.

The Executive Director will report to CAHA’s Board (Committee of Management) and maintain high- level relationships with CAHA members, campaign partners, donors, supporters and other stakeholders.

The Executive Director has principal responsibility for executing the strategic and operational objectives of the Climate and Health Alliance.

Core projects and campaigns of the Climate and Health Alliance in 2017-18 involve coordinating the health sector led campaign, "Our Climate, Our Health", and the expansion of the network of Green and Healthy Hospitals in the Pacific region (Australia and New Zealand).

This will include:

  • Developing and implementing the organisation’s strategic plan (with the support of and the Board);
  • Implementing, monitoring and evaluating organisational initiatives; and developing new projects and initiatives in collaboration and in consultation with the Board, Alliance members and partners;
  • Providing information, timely advice and reporting to the Board, as required to ensure effective governance of CAHA;
  • Maintaining and further developing strong and positive relationships with campaign partners, Alliance members, Expert Advisory Committee, external stakeholders, staff, and allies;
  • Expanding the membership of CAHA;
  • Developing and maintaining effective mechanisms and programs for fundraising, and Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with funders;
  • Developing and maintaining a positive and visible public profile for the organisation, through Shaping media and communications, sharing with the President the role of principal spokesperson for CAHA and contributing to the development of strong professional networks with, for instance, politicians, public servants, the media and experts;
  • Appointing and managing staff, volunteers and interns;
  • Developing and maintaining effective systems for organisational, financial and personnel (staff, volunteers and interns) management, including evaluation;
  • Ensuring that CAHA’s risks, liabilities and related reporting obligations are met.


In relation to the Our Climate Our Health campaign for a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Well-being, the Executive Director will:

Work to inspire individuals and organisations in the health sector to join the collective effort to advocate for climate action to protect health;
Coordinate this national campaign, which involves building a strong network of organisations and individuals to win strong policy outcomes on climate-health policy and contribute to the national social movement for climate action;
Develop and implement the campaign’s strategic plan, with the support of the Campaign Core Organising Group.

Global Green and Healthy Hospitals

In relation to the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals – Pacific region program, the Executive Director will:

Provide strategic oversight and supervision of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) program.


With the support of the CAHA Board and Fundraising Committee, the Executive Director will develop and maintain effective mechanisms and programs for fundraising, and be responsible for establishing and maintaining positive relationships with funders, CAHA members and organisational partners, and securing ongoing funding to support CAHA’s programs and campaigns.

Essential Selection Criteria

  • Qualifications in a relevant discipline (e.g. public health, environmental studies, climate change, public policy, advocacy, political science, media/communications) or equivalent relevant experience;
  • Commitment to CAHA's aims and objectives and to its core programs and campaigns;
  • Experience of leadership and management of organisations in the not-for-profit and/or health sector;
  • Demonstrated success developing and implementing campaigns to achieve positive social and/or environmental outcomes
  • High level skills and experience in building and coordinating campaign networks and motivating stakeholders to engage with a campaign
  • Experience in developing and managing fundraising programs, including preparation of funding submissions, developing and maintaining donor engagement, managing budgets and preparing reports;
  • High level verbal and written communication skills, media skills, computer skills, social media skills and emotionally intelligent interpersonal skills.

A detailed position description is attached.

Starting date: 
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Closing date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017
Climate and Health Alliance
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