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CEO – Ballina RSL Club, Experienced, Engaging & Strategic Leader

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NSW Other


  • We have an opening for CEO at the established, high-calibre Ballina RSL Club.
  • Potential for strategic growth and development of the business.
  • Backing and guidance from an astute board.

About Ballina RSL Club

Ballina RSL Club is a cornerstone of the Ballina community, dedicated to engaging with and serving members and the broader community. Recently, the club has undergone significant upgrades, including the renovation of its vibrant sports bar and highly-rated restaurant. The diverse dining options and versatile event spaces are highly appreciated by locals and visitors alike.

The club’s stunning waterfront location is arguably one of the best of any club in Australia, fully utilised with dining and event spaces that keep members returning.

Approximately 140 employees, including frontline staff and management, work collaboratively to maintain high standards and exceptional service.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will embody a blend of strategic acumen and down-to-earth engagement. They should effortlessly connect with staff, members, and the community, building strong, positive relationships. Their leadership will be instrumental in maintaining and enhancing the club’s culture. This role requires a leader who can balance executive responsibilities with genuine community interaction.


  • Provide visionary leadership, maintaining and enhancing the club’s culture
  • Collaborate with the board to develop and execute long-term growth plans
  • Engage regularly with staff and members to foster a dynamic and positive environment
  • Oversee daily operations across gaming and F&B outlets, ensuring exceptional service and member satisfaction
  • Manage budgets, inventory, and supplies to maintain operational efficiency and drive profitability
  • Innovate and uphold high standards in food and beverage offerings
  • Engage with local organizations and events to build and maintain strong community ties
  • Guide the strategic plan and oversee major developments and works within the club

Board Relationship and Data-Driven Approach

The successful candidate will be comfortable cultivating a robust and collaborative relationship with the Board of Directors.

They should be adept at providing data-driven suggestions and insights, ensuring informed and strategic decisions. Additionally, they should value the Board’s input and effectively communicate their own ideas, aligning with the approach of responsiveness and engagement that has proven successful.

Personal Qualities and Professional Skills

The ideal candidate will be sorely missed in their current role.

They should be:

  • Financially Savvy: Experienced in financial management, budgeting, and strategic financial planning
  • Operationally Skilled: Adept at managing complex operations, including gaming, food and beverage services, and member services
  • Community-Oriented: Committed to building strong personal and commercial relationships within the community
  • Engaging Leader: Capable of building teams and fostering a positive culture through active participation and mentoring
  • Strategic Visionary: Skilled in developing and implementing strategic plans that drive growth and align with long-term goals
  • Project Management Expert: Experienced in leading major works and developments, guiding strategic planning and overseeing significant projects within the club

Opportunities for Growth

As CEO, there will be numerous opportunities to make a significant impact:

  • Expand Functions and Events: Substantial potential to enhance event offerings, increasing revenue and community engagement
  • Enhance Food and Beverage Services: Develop menu offerings and improve customer service to attract more visitors and enhance member satisfaction
  • Lead Major Developments: Guide strategic projects and oversee capital works to ensure the club’s facilities remain state-of-the-art

Heritage and Community Respect

As an RSL club, Ballina RSL upholds a legacy of respect and honour for veterans and their contributions. The ideal candidate will embody these values and foster an environment that pays homage to this heritage, committed to honouring traditions and promoting activities that support and recognize veterans and community heroes.

About Ballina

Ballina in northern NSW offers a perfect blend of coastal charm and modern amenities. The town’s population has grown steadily, providing a balanced and appealing living environment close to major cities while maintaining its unique coastal appeal.

Accessibility: Driving from Sydney to Ballina takes about 8 hours and covers approximately 750 km. Flights from Sydney take around 1.5 hours and are available daily, making travel easy.

Affordability: Housing is more affordable in Ballina, with a median price significantly lower than Sydney’s, offering great value for a coastal lifestyle.

Community: Ballina offers excellent schools, parks, events, and recreational facilities, along with a vibrant community. Residents enjoy beautiful beaches, superb dining, and a relaxed lifestyle.

How to Apply

As the exclusive agency handling this recruitment for Ballina RSL Club, we invite dedicated hospitality professionals with expertise in gaming and F&B operations, who thrive in roles requiring strategic oversight and hands-on leadership, to apply.

Confidentially apply now to be part of an exciting journey towards excellence and growth at Ballina RSL Club!

This Position Requires Relocation.


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