Closing Date

Sunday, 6 February 2022


Full time


Melbourne preferred, Sydney considered

Apply your world-class senior leadership skills in people and organisational operations and performance to empower young people to beat injustice and transform the future

  • Lead and inspire a small, agile and passionate team
  • Drive internal systems transformation across the organisation
  • Deliver on multiple large-scale projects for social impact

The organisation

The Foundation for Young Australia is a dynamic, non-profit organisation backing young people to create change. With a 40 year history of innovation, influence, and collaboration across sectors, FYA is driven by an understanding that young people expect a different future (of their local community – and the planet) than the one they’re being handed.

From leadership development and training, to grant-making, convening and codesign with and by young people, FYA backs young people with the trust, resources, skills, and connections to make change. FYA’s vision is that young people have the power to beat injustice and transform the future.

The role

The Executive Director – People, Finance & Operations is a key member of the FYA Executive team, with primary management responsibility for shared organisational infrastructure, finances, policies, systems and communication that underpin FYA’s culture, programs and impact.

In the last two years, FYA has undergone an organisational transformation with a new CEO, impact strategy, program model, Leadership team, revenue model and set of articulated values.

FYA has been rapidly evolving its internal systems (especially people, culture, finance and governance) to match, and are seeking a senior and experienced leader to take these to the next level of ease & excellence.

Experience, knowledge & skills

Key to success will be your engaging management style accomplished in leading and inspiring people through operational transformation; ability to see the big picture of how people and operations underpin FYA’s overall mission and business goals; quickly translate vision into manageable, practical steps; and a hands-on approach to get the job done.

To be successful in this role:

  • You will have at least 7 – 10+ years’ experience leading People and Operations (potentially alongside other functions) in mid-sized, ambitious organisations, including those with diverse, younger-skewed workforces.
  • Management is your thing. Your superb, extensive personal management experience and in-depth knowledge of human resources practice, underpin a highly caring and down-to-earth approach to organisational-level policy and system development, day-to-day implementation, and the complex matters that inevitably arise.
  • You will have successfully navigated a full spectrum of organisational performance matters, reflected deeply on what works, and want to creatively bring this wisdom to FYA’s mission.
  • You get things done, especially big projects. You have demonstrated ability to manage, end-to-end, multiple concurrent large-scale projects over a variety of time horizons – from short intense bursts, to multi-year, multi-phase initiatives.
  • You will have supervised staff to manage (or have directly managed) projects that involve large teams of staff and contractors, ensuring successful delivery on time, budget, quality and team sense of satisfaction. Underpinning this work has been your personal productive work pattern, creativity, and solid antenna for risk.
  • You will have built trust through communications. In past roles as an executive leader, you’ve established trusting and transparent professional relationships with the CEO, executive teams and other stakeholders and practiced a clear, direct, open and engaging communications style. You’ve led significant change-management initiatives and kept stakeholders informed, as well as anticipated, engaged with and managed for diverse perspectives.
  • You have strong cultural competence. You have played a key role in shaping specific policies or practices that promote intersectional equality and belonging in the workplace, including a strong commitment to and experience driving First Nations, gender, disability, economic or racial justice. You’ve successfully worked alongside people from highly diverse, lived experiences.
  • You’re great with numbers. You have directly managed significant budgets ($500k+); love a good spreadsheet and getting into the details of budgeting, forecasting and data analysis, and can hold the detail and big picture of budgets in your head. While not essential, you may have had experience supervising Finance staff, contractors and presenting numbers to a board or executive.

To apply

People for Purpose are partnering with Foundation for Young Australians to lead the search for this role.

We invite you to read the position description here  and to visit FYA’s website.

Once you have absorbed this information and done your own research, if you have specific questions, please call us on 0468 625 252 or email [email protected]

To apply, as well as your CV, you must submit a cover letter outlining why you are interested in representing Foundation for Young Australians and how your skills and experience align to this opportunity.

Applications close 5pm on Sunday 6 February 2022.

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