About the role
The primary purpose of the position is to build on the Foundation’s fifty-year legacy of investing in social change philanthropy and to expand the capacity of the Foundation to meet the contemporary challenges critical to realising its vision. Success will see the Foundation encouraging and securing the growth of collaborative social change philanthropy in Australia and internationally.
Through its support for policy influence, advocacy and innovation, the Foundation strengthens and grows philanthropic investment that champions social change.
The CEO is expected to convene and promote policy and funding collaborations, bringing together advocates, policy-makers, funders and others to develop solutions to tough economic, social and environmental issues.
The CEO recommends strategic funding directions to Trustees and staff and leads the Foundation’s work of social change grant making, attracting other grant makers to co-fund; provides bespoke support to enhance the work of change makers where required; and provides advice to the Board on proposals and progress of funded activities.
The CEO is the principal adviser and consultant to Trustees and works closely with staff, other funders and grant partners to achieve a fair and just society, a strong democracy and a sustainable environment in Australia.
The person in the role must understand and promote a philanthropic practice that involves grant seekers as genuine partners in the social change process.
The position reports to the Board of Trustees and the Chair, and co-ordinates the work of a part-time staff to ensure the effective day to day running of the Foundation.
About the organisation
The Reichstein Foundation was endowed in 1970 by engineer, manufacturer and civic leader, Lance Reichstein, and is now chaired by his daughter, Jill. The Foundation is governed by eight Trustees in total who set its strategy and granting priorities.
Our mission is to stimulate and invest in policy change and inspirational organisations and people to achieve a more equitable distribution of wealth and power and a healthy and sustainable environment.
Our vision is for a more equitable society that celebrates diversity and mutual respect for all peoples, seeks the elimination of discrimination and oppression and strives for environmental sustainability.
Our lens is the lived experience of people facing economic or social injustice, discrimination or the transition to environmental sustainability.
Our principal approach is support for policy advocacy and innovations that tackle the systemic causes, and not just the symptoms, of injustice. Our approach is encapsulated by our banner of Change not Charity.
The Foundation is noted for its long-standing support for Indigenous rights to sovereignty and self-determination; action on climate change and environmental sustainability; the rights of people with disability; LGBTQIA+ rights; gender equality; and criminal justice reform. With other donors and not-for-profits, the Foundation supports the important role of civil society in our democracy and the right of citizens and charities to advocate for social change.
To do these things, the Foundation:
- Provides both multi-year grants to key projects and discretionary grants to emerging projects and organisations
- Works in partnership with grant partners to develop campaigns and policy solutions to tough issues
- Inspires donors about issues of justice and power and stimulates donor support for outstanding organisations working for social change
- Plays a leadership role in the sector, especially by seeding and developing intermediaries and new funding networks. It is a catalyst for more effective philanthropy in Australia.
How to apply for this role
Enquiries can be made by phoning +61 3 9614 0559
Applications should consist of a cover letter (of no more than two A4 pages) addressing the key selection criteria, details of three referees and a CV, which should be sent to email@example.com
Or by mail to
Ms Jill Reichstein
Level 6, 126 Wellington Parade
East Melbourne VIC 3002
More information about the Foundation and the role is available at https://www.reichstein.org.au/invest-with-us/work-with-us/
Please quote in application: Chief Executive Officer via Pro Bono Australia.