Chief Executive Officer

Melbourne Permanent - Full Time

Nathan’s career in the recruitment industry began in 2001, when he travelled from New Zealand and worked in London as a recruitment consultant. He later relocated to Australia where he became a key member of in the lead up to their listing on the ASX. Following a successful tenure with Seek, Nathan moved into senior management and leadership positions in the Australian corporate sector, managing teams ranging in size from 5 to 100.Joining Talent Nation at the start of 2018, Nathan has been pivotal in further strengthening Talent Nation’s position as Australia’s leading sustainability and environmental executive search and recruitment specialist. Since his start, Nathan has successfully completed key assignments across Corporate, Government and Not for Profit clients.Nathan holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a Bachelor of Commerce in Management from the University of Otago as well as a Diploma in Business from the University of Melbourne.

Recruiter :
Nathan Kelly

Nathan Kelly
  • Inaugural Chief Executive Officer
  • Transformational reform agenda to establish a sustainable & prosperous Australia
  • Imprint a lasting legacy in the world of net zero emissions
The Organisation

Founded in 2023 by renowned economist Ross Garnaut AC and economic public policy expert Rod Sims AO, The Superpower Institute's (TSI’s) mission is to help Australia seize the extraordinary economic opportunities of the post-carbon world. TSI is a not-for-profit seeking to advance Australian prosperity and to contribute significantly to global decarbonisation. TSI estimates that Australia could assist in reducing global emissions by 6-9% through its comparative advantage in the production of zero emission exports, underpinning investment and employment for the Australian economy for decades.
TSI works across the building blocks of the Superpower Economy (renewable energy, green hydrogen, land carbon, minerals processing), the main potential export products of this economy (green iron and green steel, other energy intensive green mineral processing, green transport fuels, green chemicals) and the enablers of this economy (economic and fiscal policy, trade policy, regional economic development, renewable energy integration, finance, Indigenous economic development).
TSI is undertaking its work through the development of high quality, easily accessible research and analysis, and seeks to expand knowledge, policy development, communications, and engagement to change the public narrative and public policy.
The Role

TSI is seeking an experienced senior leader to grow the organisation into a vital voice in the Australian public policy landscape in conjunction with Professor Ross Garnaut, Rod Sims, the board and staff. The CEO will be a central part of TSI’s transformational reform agenda to establish a sustainable and prosperous Australian economy for many generations to come.
The role will be responsible for rapidly growing the TSI team, and establishing systems and procedures as the organisation continues to scale at pace. In addition to overseeing all aspects of TSI’s operations, the CEO will run detailed public policy research and analysis programs, whilst engaging with Federal and State Government Ministers and senior public servants on economic and public policy issues. The position will also be responsible for communicating with journalists, industry, and other public interest organisations.
Key Selection Criteria
  • A deep understanding and knowledge of Public Policy frameworks through a minimum of ten years’ experience in public policy.
  • Extensive experience working in, or with close exposure to, the economic areas of Federal and state governments.
  • A strong track record of developing high-performing staff including goal setting, staff support, coaching, and mentoring.
  • Experience delivering sound financial oversight, risk management and operational excellence.
  • A professional presence and ability to interact effectively with leaders in government, business, philanthropy, and civil society.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, particularly on matters of public policy.
About You

The successful candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to TSI’s mission and recognise the speed and scale of change required to implement this mission. The candidate will already posses an excellent public policy framework with a focus on sound economic policy making that can relate to senior policy makers. You are a respected leader with a strong track record of creating high-performing and supportive workplaces. In addition to being driven to achieve transformational change and proven ability to secure ambitious outcomes, you possess bipartisan credibility and the ability to communicate compellingly to diverse audiences.

You are adept at scanning the strategic landscape, regularly and intuitively feeling the gaps, opportunities, and dynamics. You have a demonstrable history of exercising strategic judgement, flexibility, and problem-solving skills, including within short time frames and in matters where there is little to no precedent.

The Rewards

The incoming CEO will lead an organisation that not only envisions, but actively shapes the future. With support from a board boasting some of Australia's foremost intellectuals and innovators. The Superpower Institute's purpose is to help Australia seize the extraordinary economic opportunities of the post-carbon world. This pivotal position promises not just a career-defining role but a chance to imprint a lasting legacy on the global narrative in the world of net zero emissions.

Apply now by submitting your current CV (in Word format) via our online application process.

To review the full Position Description contact Nathan Kelly via [email protected]

To be eligible to apply, you must have unrestricted rights to work in Australia.
Talent Nation encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of all cultures, abilities, sex, and genders.

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