Reverse Garbage is one of Australia’s longest running social enterprises and is a leader in creative reuse and education as part of the circular economy. We are about to embark upon a major change, namely relocating from our home of more than four decades to a new site in Sydney’s Inner West from late 2021/early 2022, where we intend to create a dynamic sustainability hub.
The Board is now seeking a resourceful, community-centred and inspiring leader who can steer the organisation into the next phase of our development and ensure the continued longevity of the organisation. The Reverse Garbage Chief Executive Officer is responsible for leading and managing a diverse team that undertakes the operational, creative and educational outreach activities that Reverse Garbage offers to the community. The role is critical for the success of the organisation and the CEO will manage financial, administrative, operational and strategic aspects for the organisation.
Full-time, three (3) year fixed term contract
- Governance and Reporting: ensure all appropriate governance and risk structures are in place to meet compliance with legislative requirements of the operation of the Co-operative as a self-funded environmental charity and its reuse and resource recovery, retail trading, educational and outreach activities (including applicable legislation and guidelines, for working with children and volunteers)
- Financial and Operational Management: ensure the financial accountability and sustainability of the Co-operative by understanding and anticipating any risks to the organisation, as well as undertaking effective budgeting and management of the day-to-day operations. Oversee the external agency that assists with budgeting, BAS returns, superannuation etc.
- Strategic Planning: provide strategic leadership for the organisation and undertake on-going planning with the Board and staff.
- Site Management: ensure a safe and secure workplace for staff, volunteers and visitors across retail, warehouse, educational and common spaces and manage the insurances, leases and legal matters associated with the site and the activities conducted there.
- Team Management: lead and manage a diverse team of creative, operational and education paid staff, as well as voluntary staff and ensure a cohesive and inclusive workplace where you will foster building team capability and capacity.
- Sustainability and Education: continue and enhance the commitment of Reverse Garbage to build community wealth by sharing knowledge to inspire people to live more sustainably.
- Community and Stakeholder Engagement: continue and enhance the more than four decades of fostering partnerships with the community and other stakeholders so that Reverse Garbage continues to be a leader in the circular economy.
Skills and Experience
- Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field including business, management, sustainability, or community development.
- Demonstrated experience in leading and managing a not-for-profit organisation, knowledge and understanding of the governance and risk issues and ability to support the effective functioning of the Board (e.g. budgets, Board papers, regular and annual reporting).
- Demonstrated experience with developing and managing budgets and financial accountability.
- Strategic thinker with good problem solving skills in planning and management.
- Knowledge and understanding of reuse principles, the waste and resource recovery industry, sustainability education and ability to lead Reverse Garbage in anticipating trends in resource recovery and waste management, sustainability education and creative reuse of materials.
- Proven experience of successfully managing diverse teams, including all human resource related aspects (e.g. performance assessments, professional development, staff records, managing staff remuneration and superannuation payments, leave etc.)
- Proven written and verbal communication skills and ability to be a strong advocate for and represent Reverse Garbage in a range of settings, including community and government and foster and maintain relationships with educational and industry organisations.
- Experience with promoting and encouraging continuous improvement within organisations and developing a culture of co-operation and collaboration, including with staff, partners and stakeholders.
- A dynamic leader with demonstrated experience in leading and managing a not-for-profit organisation and understanding of the key challenges it faces.
- Capability and demonstrated experience in developing and managing budgets and financial reporting for a business, social enterprise or not-for-profit.
- Experienced at generating revenue, pursuing fundraising opportunities through grants, Corporate Social Responsibility programs and philanthropic donations.
- Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and creative thinking for an organisation and ability to identify and adapt to new opportunities or changing situations.
- Knowledge of waste and recycling industry, commitment to and understanding of sustainability and the application of creative reuse principles in diverting waste from landfill as part of the circular economy.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience in promoting the profile of an organisation (presentations, forums, media, social media etc.) and building positive and productive partnerships with a range of stakeholders.
- Demonstrated experience in building and managing a team of creative, operational and education staff, as well as a range of volunteers.