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Australian Committee for IUCN (ACIUCN)
  • Responsible to: Executive Committee Chair, Australian Committee for IUCN
  • Location: Negotiable
  • Salary: $60,000 - $68,000 inc. super
  • Status: 12 month contract, with potential for renewal
  • Hours: Part-time role, 3-4 days per week (22.5- 30 hours)


The Australian Committee for IUCN (ACIUCN) is an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation founded over 40 years ago to provide a focus for local Member organisations of IUCN to advance the network’s global mission (‘For a just world that values and conserves nature’) and programme in Australia.

The committee achieves this by:

  • Providing a neutral forum for Australian members of IUCN to stimulate cooperative effort, raise awareness, develop national policy advice and key publications, and share knowledge and ideas.
  • Partnering with the Australian IUCN network to provide expert advisory capacity to contribute to the development and implementation of broader regional and global environmental goals, conservation frameworks, processes and policies.
  • Delivering and partnering on collaborative projects and new initiatives to achieve tangible outcomes that contribute to the delivery of identified conservation priorities in Australia.
  • Helping to promote and facilitate the implementation of IUCN’s recommendations, tools and conservation frameworks in Australia.
  • Helping to meet national and global environmental communications goals by raising awareness of the benefits and importance of biodiversity and nature-based solutions for meeting societal needs.
  • Building and maintaining a strong IUCN network in Australia.
  • Providing a vital link between IUCN and its Australian members to encourage involvement and collaboration around the network’s global and regional activities, commissions and programmes.


This position is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the Australian Committee for IUCN Incorporated, developing and implementing ACIUCN’s work programme, governing the organisation, and building cooperative and constructive partnerships between the committee’s members and IUCN commission partnerships, under the broad direction of the ACIUCN Executive.


  • IUCN secretariat, IUCN Oceania Regional Office and IUCN Commissions
  • Australian IUCN member organisations
  • Australian federal and state/territory governments
  • Environmental non-government organisations
  • University and research institutions
  • Potential philanthropic donors


1. Organisation building

  • Develop and implement ACIUCN’s strategy and annual work program in consultation with ACIUCN Executive.
  • Grow the Australian IUCN membership network.
  • Attract new funding and diversify ACIUCN’s funding streams.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with key government, ENGO and university stakeholders.

2. Outreach and communications:

  • Prepare briefing papers and reports for members and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain and develop the ACIUCN website and other online communication platforms.
  • Develop and implement a communications plan to inform and engage members and other target audiences.
  • Represent the principles and programme of the ACIUCN through public speaking events.

3. Event management

  • Organise high-level online and face-to-face events to facilitate networking and policy discussion across government, ENGOs, university and other relevant sectors.
  • Harness resources for event management, drawing on members, volunteers and other sources.

4. Policy Development

  • Facilitate the development of policy advice on issues of strategic importance to ACIUCN.
  • Lead the development of policy-oriented ACIUCN publications.

5. Admin and governance

  • Implement sound organisational and governance practices.
  • Manage the accounting and finances of ACIUCN (including annual budget) consistent with legal requirements.
  • Coordinate the ACIUCN Executive, including organising the ACIUCN annual general meeting and other ordinary member meetings.
  • Implement the decisions of the ACIUCN and ACIUCN Executive.
  • Manage any other ACIUCN staff, including contractors or volunteers.


Key Performance Indicators will be identified in the Director’s annual workplan with progress towards achievement of the measures monitored by the ACIUCN Executive.


  1. Initiative and Accountability: Works effectively with a high degree of autonomy and accountability; self-motivated with the demonstrated ability to take initiative; commitment to ACIUCN’s vision, mission and values.
  2. Relationship-building and Stakeholder management: Advanced skills in relationship-building and networking; ability to coordinate with members working on different issues across multiple locations. Ability to building mutually beneficial partnerships to ensure outcomes are achieved and finds innovative solutions to resolve stakeholder issues.
  3. Policy development: Proven ability to investigate, gather and analyse information from diverse sources and explore new ideas and different viewpoints to develop policy advice, align and reshape operational activities, develop solutions and manage risk.
  4. Communication: High-level communication skills, with the ability to identify and understand the needs of different target audiences and develop communications that resonate; ability to monitor success of communications and refine accordingly.
  5. Project management: High-level project management skills with the ability to consult, liaise with and influence stakeholders, produce detailed project plans, monitor performance against objectives and manage project risks and issues.
  6. Qualifications, technical knowledge and skills:
    • Ability to manage and organising high-level, engaging events.
    • Ability to prepare and manage budgets.
    • Ability to fundraise and grow the financial resources of the organisation.
    • Sound knowledge and understanding of the Australian conservation movement, environmental issues, and public policy and political decision-making processes.
    • Has a broad professional network which includes ENGOs, government agencies and universities and a demonstrated capacity to cultivate and grow these to meet ACIUCN objectives.
    • Tertiary qualifications in conservation, policy, natural resource management or related fields is highly desirable.
    • Experience using Adobe Creative Suite desirable.

Please direct any questions about the role to chair@aciucn.org.au using the subject line: Director enquiry via EthicalJobs.

A position description is attached.

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