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Director, Ventures (Employment)

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Organisation : Social Ventures Australia

Location : Melbourne, Sydney

Work Type : Part-time

Sector : Education & Employment

Salary Type : Annual Package

About the Role

  • Unique blend of program management, stakeholder engagement and thought leaders
  • Be part of a growing, values-driven organisation
  • Melbourne or Sydney based (Part-time 4 days a week)
Who we are
Social Ventures Australia (SVA) is a not-for-profit organisation that works with partners to alleviate disadvantage – towards an Australia where all people and communities thrive. We influence systems to deliver better social outcomes for people by learning about what works in communities, helping organisations be more effective, sharing our perspectives and advocating for change. SVA has talented and highly committed people from business, government and the social purpose sector with the skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to alleviating disadvantage.

Split between external ventures and internal ventures SVA’s Venture Philanthropy portfolio enables a community of engaged philanthropists to support high impact social ventures that improve the lives of people in need in Australia. We help innovative external social ventures to become stronger and more impactful while also incubating innovative approaches as internal ventures to enhance shared learning across the sector. SVA currently has a suite of internal employment focused ventures that drive improved outcomes for people experiencing disadvantage in the Australian labour market.

The position
SVA has a rare and rewarding opportunity for a Director in our Ventures team to lead and develop SVA’s suite of innovative employment ventures. The purpose of the position is to direct and manage a suite of innovative employment ventures delivering on outcomes, budgets, stakeholder relationships, business development and team performance. The position also guides thought leadership, positioning and developing SVA’s employment work, research and emerging innovation – all focused on increasing economic participation of people experiencing disadvantage. As part of SVA’s Leadership Team, the role also contributes to the implementation of SVA’s strategic plan.

Who you are
In this exciting and engaging opportunity, we are looking for a multi-faceted leader with a breadth of experience across the social sector and ideally in Employment or an aligned sector context. You will come to the role with established experience managing substantial, complex projects and negotiating and solving problems with wide-ranging stakeholders. Proven success building cross-sector collaborations and partnerships combined with solid business development skills will see you be effective in this position. A solid base of sector knowledge of Employment, including detailed understanding of the key issues, key stakeholders and on the ground experience will be a distinct advantage in this position.
As a Director at SVA you will collaborate with a highly-committed team with a breadth of expertise across the business and social sectors. The focus of this role will see you forging close relationships with inspiring clients, sector leaders, colleagues and stakeholders working on society’s most important challenges.

SVA values diversity in our workforce and encourages applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

If you have the knowledge and experience we’re looking for and are excited at the prospect of leading SVA’s Employment work, please submit your CV (max 3 pages) and a statement (max 1 page) addressing the person requirements by midnight AEST Sunday 9th December.

To find out more about SVA and view the position description please go to

Short-listed candidates will be invited to first-stage interview in week commencing 17th December 2018.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Social Ventures Australia

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Please quote in application: Director, Ventures (Employment) via Pro Bono Australia.


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