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Director / Executive Officer

Australian Committee for IUCN (ACIUCN)
  • RESPONSIBLE TO: Chair, Australian Committee for IUCN Executive
  • LOCATION: Negotiable
  • SALARY: $85,000-90,000 (pro-rata and depending on experience)
  • STATUS: On-going (subject to performance)
  • HOURS: ​Part-time or full time is negotiable


The Australian Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (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 vision (‘A just world that values and conserves nature’) and programme in Australia. Have a look at the website on aciucn.org.au

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.


The Director / Executive Officer is responsible for overseeing the organisation’s day-to-day management and activities; developing and implementing its work programme; compliance with good governance; and building cooperative relationships between Committee members and IUCN Commissions, 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 and other non-government organisations
  • University and research institutions
  • Philanthropic donors


1. Organisation building

  • Develop and implement ACIUCN’s strategy and annual work programme 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, non-government 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/in-kind, volunteers and other sources.

4. Governance and administration

  • Implement sound organisational and governance practices.
  • Manage the accounting and finances of ACIUCN (including annual budget in conjunction with contracted book-keeper) adhering to legal requirements.
  • Coordinate meetings of the ACIUCN Executive, including quarterly board meetings, annual general meeting and other ordinary member meetings.
  • Implement the decisions of the Executive.
  • Manage any other staff, including contractors or volunteers.


  1. Initiative and accountability: Works effectively with a high degree of autonomy and accountability and comfortable working remotely; 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. Adept at building mutually beneficial partnerships for finding innovative solutions for priority conservation issues.
  3. 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 and effectively use communication platforms (such as social media and video-conferencing).
  4. 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.
  5. Operational management: Experience in small business management and administration:
    1. Ability to manage and organise high-level, engaging events.
    2. Ability to prepare and manage budgets.
    3. Ability to oversee financial resources and management of membership details and relationships.
    4. Understanding of requirements of governance reports (e.g. ATO and Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission).

Qualifications, technical knowledge and skills:

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the Australian conservation movement, environmental issues, and public policy and political decision-making processes is desirable.
  • 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.
  • High-level IT skills including a range of software (e.g. MS 365, video conferencing, Adobe Creative Suite are desirable).

Please also contact ACIUCNrecruitment@environment.gov.au, using the subject line: Director / Executive Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs for questions and comments about the role.

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