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National Campaigns Director

Organisation : The Wilderness Society

Location : Sydney (Surrey Hills)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : CEO & Senior Management

Sector : Community Engagement, Conservation & Environment, Foundations, Trusts & Philanthropy

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 29 Nov, 2019

About the role

As National Campaigns Director, you will work collaboratively with the Board, and the Wilderness Society Group members to build the Wilderness Society capacity to further its vision and purpose. More specifically you will mentor and guide campaigners in the campaign and organising sections for wilderness and nature protection. You will ensure that the Wilderness Society campaign and organising strategies are effectively implemented and integrated across the Wilderness Society Group. You will catalyse and facilitate the evolution of the Wilderness Society Group to enable it to respond to, and capitalise on, changing conditions in its operating environment.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Manage overall team performance, capacity and professional development of the Campaigns team
  • Represent the Wilderness Society publicly at events and lead national media engagement
  • Develop partnerships with potential supporters of the Wilderness Society campaigns
  • Direct constructive engagement to effectively influence political parties, industry groups and civil society parties
  • Oversee the development of compelling campaigns and activities consistent with the vision and goals of the Wilderness Society
  • Harness people power – engage the public, the Wilderness Society members and supporters to realise the Wilderness Society’s purpose, achieve the Wilderness Society vision and campaign goals

About you

You are passionate about preserving the unique environment of Australia for future generations and bring with you at least 10 years’ experience within a campaigning organisation. You have the ability to clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.

Ideally, you will possess:

  • Degree level qualification in environmental science, marine science, heritage conservation or other relevant discipline
  • Proven leadership and extensive management expertise
  • Demonstrated experience in achieving results in complex negotiations
  • Extensive networks in the political environment
  • Demonstrated experience in leading a team to achieve phenomenal outcomes
  • Ability to leverage experience in fundraising and communications

The rewards

This is an opportunity to be part of one of Australia’s largest environmental advocacy organisations with over 40 years of success. They are committed to looking after their staff by offering fair pay and fantastic benefits.

This is a not for profit organisation that people love to work at, with staff engagement levels at an unprecedented level. There is a lot of freedom to make your mark and staff feel empowered to operate at their full potential. There are few organisations in Australia with the same reach around the country, including relationships and reputation for delivering great campaigns. People do what they say at the Wilderness Society and this role will cement your reputation as the leading figure in environmental protection in Australia.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society is an independent environmental advocacy organisation supported by around 30,000 members. The work they do leverages their strong base to build a mass movement for nature conservation in Australia. Since 1976, they have stood at the forefront of the country's most historic campaigns, including the Franklin River, Fraser Island, Tasmanian Forests and James Price Point in the Kimberley. Today, they are training a new generation of environmental leaders with a sophisticated community organising program, building support for effective and lasting change to our environmental laws.

Australia's natural environment and the life it supports is its great advantage, the Wilderness Society exists to protect it.

How to apply for this role

For a confidential discussion or to receive an information pack about this role with the Wilderness Society contact Nathan Kelly on 0418 742 529. Apply by visiting https://talentnation.com.au/jobs

Please direct any general enquiries to apply@talentnation.com.au using the subject line: ‘National Campaigns Director’ enquiry via Probono.

Talent Nation encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of all cultures, abilities, sex and genders.


Please quote in application: National Campaigns Director via Pro Bono Australia.


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