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Director / Chief Operating Officer

Location : Melbourne (Carlton)

Organisation : Centre for Evidence and Implementation

Work Type : Contract/Temporary

Salary Type : Annual Package

Application Closing Date : 11-10-2017

About the Role

• Melbourne location
• 2-year full-time contract
• Member of CEI Leadership team
• Lead a portfolio of projects and contribute to the ongoing success of the organisation

The organisation:
The Centre for Evidence and Implementation is an intermediary organisation positioned between the domains of policy, research and practice within child, youth and family services. A not-for-profit organisation with a mission to achieve the most desirable life outcomes for disadvantaged children, families and communities through informed use of evidence in practice, programming and policy.

The role:
In this full-time 2-year contract reporting to the Executive Director, you will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Centre including finance, systems, administration, human resources and digital marketing. This oversight will assist you to effectively contribute to, and deliver strategic objectives that attribute to the ongoing growth of the business and organisational capability.

Key responsibilities:
• Streamline efficiencies by identifying, discussing, implementing and maintaining process and system improvements
• Drive business expansion through leading strategic initiatives
• Lead the preparation of high-profile, competitive tenders
• Continuously support project teams to assist in on-time, in-budget delivery
• Effective and efficient financial management including budgeting, forecasting, reporting and trend analysis

What you will bring:
A team player, you hold an inclusive and collaborative approach yet have the aptitude to make decisions quickly and for the benefit of the organisation. From your experiences, you’re able to think strategically whilst also being operational, focusing strongly on people and processes as one way to grow the organisation. You enjoy and excel in stakeholder engagement and understand the importance of both internal and external stakeholders to achieve strategic initiatives.

To be successful in this role, you will have:
• Successful experience in similar roles
• Demonstrated experience in social purpose start-ups
• Comprehensive understanding of all business functions
• Strong financial management skills
• Confidence in public speaking including leading public forums, events and presentations
• Experience implementing strategies in a decentralised organisational structure

What’s in it for you:
• Agile work environment with flexible work arrangement
• Flexibility in working hours to promote work / life balance
• Competitive salary reflective of your skills and experience

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Centre for Evidence and Implementation

The Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI) is dedicated to using the best evidence in practice and policy to improve the lives of children, families and communities facing adversity.  CEI works with a diverse range of key stakeholders who want to achieve social impact for children and families.

CEI brings specialist skills in:

  • Supporting sustained change in the behaviour of systems, organisations and individuals.  CEI places a strong emphasis on supporting and strengthening the core components of effective program implementation

  • Providing knowledge translation to policy-makers, and relevant stakeholders, so they can access - and use - research for evidence-informed decision-making

  • Program design - selecting and creating evidence-informed programs and services to achieve outcomes for children, family and communities

  • Conducting rigorous evaluations, and assessing the long-term effect of outcomes

Apply for this Job

Position Description : CEI Director - COO

We'd love to hear from you. To apply for this role, please submit your cover letter and resume to Robyn Mildon at

Applications addressing the selection criteria to be submitted by 5.00pm Wednesday 11 October 2017

We know diversity makes a positive difference, and we encourage people from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and other diverse backgrounds to apply.

Please note: The Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI) is founded by Save the Children Australia. Being a child-safe organisation, all employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check, and sign our Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.

Please quote in application: Director / Chief Operating Officer via Pro Bono Australia.


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