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Chief Executive

  • Truly unique opportunity to join and lead a high performing, engaged organisation focused on equity of and excellence in, patient, carer and family centred care.
  • A Chief Executive role that is more than just about the facilities, but about the incredibly diverse community in which you are a part of.
  • Lead a renowned & high performing organisation that is not only large in size (circa $1.8B budget, 12,000 staff), but has a reach and impact wider than its physical footprint; built around an entrenched excellence mentality and investing in its people and well-developed partnerships.

We are seeking an experienced healthcare Chief Executive, someone acutely aware of the complex and unique challenges that the public health system is facing and will enable a proactive, innovative and collaborative approach to navigating this. The appointed candidate will continue to promote and foster investment in its staff and community, promoting an environment of education, learning and opportunities for the leaders of tomorrow to advance their careers. Investment in its existing infrastructure is also occurring across its numerous sites.

This opportunity represents a unique chance as new CE to lead a high performing, influential organisation through a challenging yet exciting next phase, continuing to refine and build off its current strong foundations.

About the Health Service

Encompassing the diverse and engaged community across the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the City of Sydney (western part), Inner West Council, Canterbury-Bankstown (Canterbury part), Canada Bay, Burwood and Strathfield, Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) provides care for >670,000 local residents, across a 126km2 densely populated district.

Its 12,000 strong staff provide care services out of its principal referral hospitals at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) & Concord Repatriation General Hospital, major metro hospital at Canterbury, aged care & rehab specialist hospital at Balmain & Tertiary oral health facility at Sydney Dental Hospital, along with its numerous comprehensive community-based health services linked with primary care providers.

Role Outline

The Chief Executive (CE) provides pivotal and strategic leadership, management and direction to the Sydney Local Health District and in conjunction with the Board, is responsible for sound governance of the Local Health District to ensure the District meets its statutory, operating and reporting requirements. The Chief Executive is also tasked with ensuring the LHD delivers agreed services within an approved budget, in line with strategic objectives and specified performance standards.

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Applying for this Role

You are required to submit a one page covering letter, including a short statement in response to the two targeted questions below:

  1. Navigating the financial and operational challenges facing the public health system whilst prioritising and managing the needs and expectations of the workforce and community has become increasingly complex in recent years. Please describe your approach and experience in leading through similar environments in a health context. What were the key priorities of focus through this period?
  2. Describe a recent example of how you have developed and fostered a culture of innovation, engagement and excellence across large, diverse, complex environments.

Essential Requirements

The successful candidate will have:

  • Strong record of achievement in management at executive level in a significant and geographically dispersed organisation delivering health, human capital or other complex services.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the health sector, in particular administration of a public health system.
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline or equivalent relevant sector experience
    We know the value of diverse experiences and broad capabilities.  

This is an ongoing, full-time, Band 3, Health Service senior executive (HSSE) role. An attractive remuneration package within the range of $426,496 to $474,701 per annum will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Please contact Michael De Santis, Managing Consultant at Ccentric on +61 406 499 659 or for a confidential discussion and/or to obtain a detailed information pack about the opportunity.

Our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At the Ministry of Health we are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and flexible environment that reflects the community and customers we serve. We actively promote the employment of women, people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ+ community and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

If you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and would like assistance with your application or to obtain more information on how to apply, please visit our Stepping Up initiative.

To be eligible for employment in these roles you must be an Australian citizen, or a permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, or hold a valid visa with permission to work in Australia.


  • The selection methods for this role are in accordance with the Government Sector Employment Act 2013 and employment arrangements for the NSW public sector.
  • Applicants must respond to the two targeted questions and submit an up-to-date resume. For further guidance, refer to Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate their proficiency in the capabilities outlined in the Role Description. These will be assessed through the recruitment process to determine their suitability for appointment. For further information, refer to the NSW Public Sector Capability Framework.
  • Click here for information on NSW Health

Applications close: Midnight, Sunday 21st July 2024

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