Deputy Commissioner (Chief Operations Officer)

Job No: 125058
Location: Cronulla

  • Are you an Operations Leader capable of coordinating a lifesaving emergency service for the NSW community?
  • Join and progress an organisation dedicated to serving the community on the water.
  • Highly attractive salary in line with the importance and seniority of this role!


Marine Rescue NSW

- Keeping you safe on the water -

Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) is the State’s legislated marine rescue service, committed to the mission of saving lives on what is the busiest coastline and waterways in the country. 

Boasting the largest and most advanced search and rescue fleet in Australasia, along with the most extensive marine VHF radio network, the 3,100 highly trained volunteers and staff in 45 strategically located units deliver this life-saving service 24/7/365.

The Headquarters staff at MRNSW provide a well-resourced and close-knit management and support team function for our volunteer units as well as government and community partners and stakeholders.


About the Opportunity

MRNSW now has a Senior Leadership opportunity for a Deputy Commissioner (Chief Operations Officer) to join their team based at Cronulla, NSW on a permanent, full-time basis.

Reporting to the Commissioner (Chief Executive Officer), you will be responsible for developing and implementing a range of strategies and projects to ensure the successful delivery of marine rescue services throughout NSW.

More specifically, as the head of the frontline operations' chain of command, you will be tasked with coordinating operational response and readiness for the entire service.

The strategies and projects you will directly lead encompass, but are not confined to:

  • Coordinating volunteer support, development, recruitment and retention concerning frontline members;
  • Overseeing the organisation's multi-million dollar fleet and communications upgrades;
  • Developing new training programs and resources;
  • Contributing to the review of State Rescue Board regulations and legislative requirements; and
  • Developing operational/management systems and processes to help achieve organisational objectives.

To view the full Position Description, please click here.


About You

To be considered for this position you will have demonstrable experience in a senior leadership position, preferably working in an operational capacity for volunteer, emergency service or government/defence organisations, with any experience in the marine industry seen as highly desirable.

Additionally, you will have relevant tertiary qualifications in the fields of either Emergency Management, Maritime, Operational Management, or Business Management and possess a developed understanding of the emergency management framework in NSW, including the relevant legislations that body and govern MRNSW.

As a proven leader and influential communicator, you will appreciate the complexities involved in establishing and negotiating collaborative relationships at all levels, both internal and external, from volunteer members within local units, to state and federal officials at large, adapting your communication style as necessary to maintain community confidence and support.

Moreover, your ability to act as the head of a chain of command, disseminating clear and centralised information to both direct and indirect reports, setting expectations and creating clear guidelines for operations, will go a long way to ensuring your success.

You will also be comfortable creating and disseminating various service wide Ops reports and procedures with appropriate dictation to be understood by all members.

Marine Rescue NSW is ultimately looking for a strategic leader with the drive, forethought and reasoned decision-making skills necessary to be able to advance the organisation's frontline operations forward by providing one cohesive, structured and proactive emergency service for the NSW community.


About the Benefits

Marine Rescue NSW is made up of personnel who are motivated to give their time, energy and service to their communities.

As a high profile position within a valuable state rescue service, you will have significant opportunity to grow the organisation and its capabilities throughout NSW, so that for those Australian's that love to spend time on the water, they stay safe on the water.

In return for your determination and leadership, you will be rewarded with a salary in line with the importance of this role, as well as access to relevant fringe benefits tax concessions and additional benefits including: 

  • Relocation assistance (negotiable);
  • Operational uniforms;
  • Company vehicle; and
  • Mobile phone and laptop.

In addition, you will enjoy coming to work every day in arguably one of the best office locations in all of Sydney - with waterside views and ample free parking.

Please Note: The screening process is currently underway with applications closing 08th August, 2020.


The water is a major part of the Australian way of life. Be personally responsible for ensuring Australians stay safe on it - APPLY NOW!

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