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Operations Manager


Employer: The Australia Institute
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Executive & Senior Management, Finance & Accounting, Operations & Risk Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Canberra & ACT

Job posted on: 04 December, 2017.
Applications close: 15 December, 2017. (Expired)

This is a new senior management position that will play a key role in further developing The Australia Institute as the country’s most influential independent progressive think tank.

We are looking for an experienced leader who has managed the full spectrum of business services with a financial/ accounting background, ideally within the NFP environment or able to confidently step into this sector. The successful applicant will be required to establish and implement clear functional organisational systems, processes and plans that take into account the current and likely future organisational requirements of the Institute.

Your ability to be flexible, highly organised, an innovator and to work with staff across multiple locations would be an asset.

The Successful applicant will:

  • Understand the needs of NFP organisations and the relevant regulatory and compliance environment and obligations.
  • Take responsibility for compliance, risk management, IT, business and systems improvement, as well as board governance and regulatory reporting as Company Secretary.
  • Effectively communicate risks and opportunities to Management and Board.
  • Work with senior management and administration staff to ensure that the implementation of changes to business processes are well-managed.
  • Oversee work health and safety, employment contracts and human resource management for a team of 20 staff
  • Manage legal activities e.g. contracts, grant acquittals, commissioned research, leases, MOU's etc.
  • Manage and work with the Office Manager to develop and maintain excellent human resources and internal policies and procedures.
  • Support fundraising
  • Work with the Executive Director and Research Director to ensure staff are managed effectively

Selection Criteria

  • University qualifications in Business, Commerce, Law or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and driving business processes, systems improvements and change management in an NFP organisation
  • Astute business acumen and understanding of organisational issues and challenges
  • Ability to engage teams, diagnose problems and improvement opportunities, analyse information, generate findings, make recommendations and build commitment to solutions
  • Highly developed ability to move organisation toward a common vision or goal through clear communication and strong stakeholder relationships
  • Strong IT knowledge would be a definite advantage

The position will be offered full time, on a one-year term-limited basis, with the possibility for renewal. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications are especially invited from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people of colour, people with disabilities, and other marginalised communities.

How to apply for this job

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