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General Manager (volunteer) - Flexible location

Right Now Inc

About Right Now

Right Now is an independent not-for-profit media organisation focused on human rights issues in Australia. Our work begins with the belief that creating a positive, rights-respecting culture in Australia begins with the flow of information. Our vision is an Australia where people have informed and inspired discussions about human rights, equality and justice.

The General Manager, in conjunction with the Editor-in-Chief, the Culture and Community Manager, and the Board, will help sustain Right Now’s vision and continue to ensure the long-term sustainability of Australian’s only online independent journal dedicated to human rights.

Being a fully volunteer-run organisation, Right Now is a place where passionate people congregate to tell stories well, support independent media and one another, while also defending human rights. We pride ourselves in having a fun, social community of volunteers, networking opportunities in the NGO and human rights sectors, and supporting staff with their career goals.

Now in its fourteenth year, Right Now has published a vast range of established and emerging writers, poets, human rights activists, lawyers, academics and artists, with a particular commitment to elevating diverse voices and perspectives. Right Now seeks to consistently emphasise the importance of human rights, both by highlighting stories that are relevant to readers’ daily lives and uncovering the ways in which human rights are being compromised and celebrated in Australia and around the world.

General Manager tasks

  • Fine-tuning the operational procedures to ensure work is professional and streamlined.
  • Overseeing the organisational structure to ensure Right Now is delivering its vision while creating and capitalising on opportunities for development.
  • Working with the Board to establish and revise strategic plans.
  • Weekly administration to see the smooth running of Right Now’s business operations.
  • Creating an annual schedule of grants Right Now will apply for. The General Manager will be responsible to submit these applications on time, although they can delegate or collaborate the writing of the grants where applicable.
  • Identifying partnership opportunities and working with the Board on approach and development.
  • Working alongside the Editor-in-Chief , Culture and Community Manager and the Board to plan events that are engaging to the public and existing Right Now audience — this involves partnerships with other organisations, companies and festivals.
  • In conjunction with the Board and Culture and Community Manager developing and nurturing relationships with colleague organisations.

Key competencies

  • An autonomous self-starter who is comfortable working both independently and in a team.
  • Willingness to seek support when needed and to offer support when requested.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about local human rights issues.
  • Proven track record of building or contributing to the sustainability and smooth running of similar organisations.
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution of those plans.
  • Experience with financial planning.
  • Good organisation, time management and communication skills.

Time commitment

  • Regular communication with the editorial team, Secretary, other senior managers and Chairs of the Board
  • Partnership meetings with allied organisations.
  • Bimonthly reporting to the Board.
  • Additional meetings as delegated by the organisational Chairs of the Board.
  • Estimated 6-8 hours per week.

How to Apply

Please email Rastko at community@rightnow.org.au, using the subject line: General Manager (volunteer) - Flexible location enquiry via EthicalJobs with any questions you might have to assist with your application.

Right Now is stronger when our team has a diversity of backgrounds and experience, including lived experience. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, People of Colour, people from culturally and linguistically diverse and refugee backgrounds, people with diverse religious beliefs, women, LGBTIQ+ people and people with disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note, applicants can be based anywhere in Australia.

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