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Business Administration Manager

Nakau Programme

Who is Nakau?

The Nakau Programme Pty Ltd (Nakau) was established in 2015 as a social purpose Australian company which supports indigenous Pacific Islanders to sell carbon offsets as a way to deliver forest conservation and community economic development. Our purpose is to substantially increase the area of terrestrial and marine ecosystems protected, restored and managed under community-based conservation arrangements, which are financed sustainably and enhance indigenous peoples’ rights and wellbeing, while reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts.

Nakau’s portfolio of projects is growing, creating a need for a business administration expert to develop and oversee its financial strategy, ensuring compliance with the laws of various jurisdictions (including countries in the Pacific) and supporting the small Executive team to grow the business in line with the company’s Strategic Vision.

This role is ideal for someone who wants to apply their expertise to build innovation, has a strong commitment to social justice and sustainability, and who requires flexible working hours. We are a highly adaptive, dynamic organisation suited to people who want to work as part of a small team to make a large impact.

The position will be co-located within the office of Live & Learn Environmental Education, based in Melbourne CBD. However flexible working from home arrangements will be allowed.

Position Summary

  • Contract Type: Part-time contract, 15 – 20 hours negotiable
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Working arrangements: Flexible – regular attendance in the Melbourne CBD office is required, however, this may be combined with working from home.
  • Reports to: CEO
  • Intervention/area of focus: Financial management, compliance, strategic business management

The Position

In collaboration with the Executive Team, the Business Manager oversees the financial health of the organisation. The role will include:

  • Develop/oversee company organisational policy development and compliance
  • Developing financial strategy, including risk minimisation plans and opportunity forecasting (e.g. impact investment)
  • Providing high-level financial reporting and analysis
  • Regular budget consolidation
  • Advice on cash flow management
  • Administering Nakau’s carbon offset accounts, transactions and records
  • Improving efficiencies and reducing costs across the business
  • Oversee company tax reporting
  • Ensuring compliance with statutory law and financial regulations
  • Developing financial reviews and providing investment advice
  • Working closely with management or executive teams to share reports and analysis

About you

If this job is for you you’ll be someone who demonstrates maturity of judgement, flexibility, creativity, responsiveness, initiative, ability to empower others, and the ability to follow through. You’ll have the ability to take a considered approach, ability to work within a small but growing organisation, have openness to learning, a sense of humour and an unconditional personal commitment to social justice and sustainability!

A Financial Services Licence (preferred), or capacity to obtain one, is required. Experience in managing donor grants and working with the Not for Profit sector is also preferred. You will ideally have more than 10 years’ experience in organisational administration and demonstrate leadership and innovation in previous work. A strong understanding of company compliance requirements in Australia is necessary. Ability to design and manage systems for efficient business operations is also necessary. You must be able to work in a cross-cultural environment and be consultative and collaborative. We are looking for someone who can share our vision and match the high level of integrity we set for ourselves and our operations.

A Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field is highly desirable.


Remuneration will be commensurate with experience, in the range of $75,000 to $85,000 per annum pro rata + superannuation. Annual leave if 5 weeks per year, pro-rata.


1st March 2021 (negotiable).

Further information

Further information about Nakau is available online:

W: www.nakau.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NakauProgramme/

Please contact robbie.henderson@nakau.org using the subject line: Business Administration Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs for specific enquiries regarding the position.

A position description is attached.

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