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Roots & Shoots Australia General Manager

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Organisation : Jane Goodall Institute Australia

Location : Sydney (Bondi Junction)

Work Type : Part-time

Sector : Animals, Children, Conservation & Environment, Education & Training, Youth & Young People

Salary Type : Annual Package

Salary : $60,000-$80,000 FTE

Application Closing Date : 6 May, 2018

About the Role

We are seeking an experienced and committed General Manager for our Roots&Shoots (R&S) team to drive the growth of R&S. You will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of curriculum-based educational materials, securing ongoing funding opportunities, leading and building a team of R&S State Coordinators and managing a range of tasks including organising and facilitating large youth events. To be successful in this position you must be organised, enthusiastic and professional.

Skills and Experience You will have 5+ years managing youth programs, experience in delivering large programs, strong communication and management (including volunteers) skills and commitment to the values of JGIA. Your proven ability to meet deadlines, think strategically and effectively manage time and priorities will see you succeed in the role. You will have the capacity to organise and market events and work with partner organisations. You will have a strong sense of diplomacy and a commitment to the values of JGIA. You will be highly motivated, adaptable and compassionate.

Specifically, your responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing the general management of R&S Australia including building and supporting a team of volunteer R&S State Coordinators with assistance from the R&S People Coordinator
  • Leading the development and rollout of R&S curriculum resources and implementing strategies to encourage use of R&S curriculum resources, particularly in rural Australia
  • Training R&S representatives on the delivery of curriculum resources
  • Reporting the overall success, progress and direction of R&S to the CEO/Board
  • Managing all budgeting and reporting for R&S, including the Mini Grants program
  • Overseeing and facilitating large youth events and R&S State Coordinator Workshops
  • Coordinating, updating and distributing R&S materials as required
  • Liaising and forming partnerships with external organisations to increase the presence of R&S in Australia
  • Managing the R&S Australia website, including the projects page, and liaising with website developers as required
  • Managing new R&S member sign-ups, the R&S member database and R&S email
  • Researching and supporting best-practice youth-leadership programs, particularly in other JGI Chapters, including how information is shared
  • Leading JGIA’s fundraising efforts, including grant  opportunities, in the R&S space

This role is for you if you

  • Are passionate about youth programs and having a positive impact in the world
  • Understand the for-purpose sector, including volunteer management, fundraising operations and drivers of success
  • Thrive in roles where you can be independent and take self-initiative and prioritise, but work harmoniously in a small, ‘hands-on’ team
  • Are willing to be adaptable and flexible within your role and roll up your sleeves when required (an inevitable part of a small charity)
  • Are responsible, mature and organised
  • Have a personal interest in animal welfare, environmental conservation and community education and action.

To apply, please send a current CV with one-page cover letter explaining your credentials, passions and why you are a great fit to

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Jane Goodall Institute Australia

The Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA) was founded in 2007 and is an Australian non-profit and registered environmental organisation.

Our Purpose is to ‘inspire actions that connect people with animals and our shared environment’. We work to promote the conservation of chimpanzees and other great apes and, through our Roots & Shoots program, and to empower the next generation to be socially and environmentally conscious citizens of our shared planet. At JGIA we have two main programs that we support:

  • Our Roots & Shoots Program empowers young Australians and equips them with the tools, motivation and support they need to address the problems that matter most to them. We create an ever-expanding network of Australians, connected with their global counterparts, who are inspired to be change-making global citizens.

  • Our Africa Programs conserve and protect chimpanzees, natural habitat and surrounding communities in Africa. Our community centred conservation programs include a range of activities from basic needs such as education, health and water sanitation to park rangers who protect animals from poachers. We also support chimpanzee sanctuaries which provide a lifelong home for orphaned animals.

Everything we do is in support of our philosophy of connecting Animals, People and the Environment.

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Please quote in application: Roots & Shoots Australia General Manager via Pro Bono Australia.


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