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General Manager - Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots Australia


Employer: Jane Goodall Institute Australia
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Animal Welfare & Protection, Education & Training, Environment & Sustainability, Executive & Senior Management, Management, Youth, Project Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 11 February, 2019.
Applications close: 17 February, 2019.

About the Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA)

JGIA is small, non-profit with an amazing brand currently going through a strong period of growth. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a dynamic, passionate and diverse team. We are committed to inspiring actions that connect animals, people and our shared environment (APE) based on the research, philosophy and purpose of Dr Jane Goodall. Founded in 2007, we have two main points of focus. 1) our Roots & Shoots youth education programs across Australia and 2) the conservation of great apes, their habitats and surrounding communities in our Africa Programs. JGIA recognises that to help chimpanzees, we must consider APE in all that we do, every day. We offer flexible, part-time working arrangements and the opportunity for the right person to grow with the organisation beyond the scope and length of this initial 1 year contract.

About Roots & Shoots (R&S)

Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots (R&S) is a global network of young people empowered and inspired to take action to improve our world. It is a youth-led community action movement that is making a difference in almost 100 countries. R&S builds on Dr. Jane's vision of creating community-based solutions to big challenges. All around the world, young people are exploring problems in their communities affecting animals, people and the environment, brainstorming solutions and designing projects to deliver applied solutions through community mapping. Across Australia, we have hundreds of R&S members, led by a committed and passionate group of R&S State Coordinators and R&S National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) members.

About the Role

We are seeking an experienced and committed General Manager for our R&S team to drive the growth of R&S. You will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of curriculum-based educational materials, securing ongoing funding opportunities, leading and building a team of R&S State Coordinators and managing a range of tasks including organising and facilitating large youth events. To be successful in this position you must be organised, proactive and professional.

Skills and Experience

Ideally, you will have strong program management experience (5+ years) with an interest and passion for empowering youth. You have strong communication and IT skills and can take advantage of web applications, web programs (eg Google Drive and MS Office); and social media to effectively manage your stakeholders. You enjoy working with volunteers, have a strong sense of diplomacy and are are committed to JGIA values. You are able to meet deadlines and can effectively manage a part-time workload. You enjoy thinking strategically and know that your ability to manage time and priorities will ensure that you succeed in the role. You will have the capacity to organise and publicise events and work with partner organisations. You enjoy working in a dynamic environment, are highly motivated, adaptable and compassionate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Overseeing the general management of R&S Australia including building and supporting a team of volunteer R&S State Coordinators, many of whom are located remotely throughout the country
  • Organise R&S Events for Jane's upcoming tour in May 2019
  • Reporting the overall success, progress and direction of R&S to the CEO/Board
  • Managing all budgeting and reporting for R&S, including the Mini Grants program
  • Coordinating, updating and distributing R&S materials as required
  • Leading the strategic rollout and adoption of R&S education curriculum resources, particularly in rural Australia. Training R&S team on the delivery of curriculum resources
  • Liaising and forming partnerships with external organisations to increase the presence of R&S in Australia in collaboration with the CEO
  • Managing the R&S Australia website. Coordinate R&S related Social Media
  • Managing new R&S member sign-ups, the R&S member database and R&S email
  • Researching and supporting best-practice youth-leadership programs, particularly in other JGI Chapters, including how information is shared
  • Leading R&S fundraising efforts, including grant opportunities

This role is for you if you:

  • Are passionate about youth programs and having a positive impact in the world
  • Have a strong IT administrative skills
  • Can effectively manage a remote team of volunteers
  • Understand the for-purpose sector, including volunteer management, fundraising operations and drivers of success
  • Thrive in roles where you can be independent and take self-initiative and prioritise, but work harmoniously in a small, 'hands-on' team
  • Are willing to be adaptable and flexible within your role and roll up your sleeves when required (an inevitable part of a small charity)
  • Have a personal interest in animal welfare, environmental conservation and community education and action.

This role is not for you if:

  • You are not a people person
  • You need to be told what to do most of the time
  • Organisation is not one of your strengths
  • You aren't able to think outside the box
  • You don't like rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in

Additional information

  • Must be able to work 3 days per week
  • Based in Taronga Zoo, Mosman, NSW
  • Pay will be experience dependent and reflective of the not-for profit industry
  • Job will start as soon as a candidate is found (start date is negotiable)
How to apply for this job

We hope to fill the position quickly and will be reviewing applications as they are received - so apply early!

To apply, please send a current CV and a cover letter explaining how you meet the job requirements, why you would like to work at JGIA, how you align with our core values and why you are an outstanding candidate.

Deadline for submissions is 10pm on February 17 2019 at info@janegoodall.org.au, using the subject line: RandS General Manager application via EthicalJobs.

Further information on us can be found at www.janegoodall.org.au and www.rootsandshoots.org.au.

Supporting materials  JGIA R&S GM PD_Jan 2019.doc - Google Docs.pdf