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Program Officer – Part-time

Organisation : Australian Futures Project

Location : Sydney (Sydney CBD)

Work type : Part-time

Profession : Administration & Office Support, Customer Service, Marketing, Media & Communications, Program Coordination & Management, Project Management

Sector : Other

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $60,000-$70,000 pa including superannuation

Application closing date : 8 Mar, 2020

About the role

ROLE

The non-profit Australian Futures Project (AFP) is seeking a Program Officer to join our team. The Officer’s key role will be to assist in the planning and administration of our Parliamentary Leaders Program, our proven course for Parliamentarians from all parties, designed to strengthen and grow their capability to respond to the challenges of the 21st Century and help hone their leadership style and expand their influence through the lens of values and purpose. The Parliamentary Leaders Program is in its sixth year and has been delivered to two cohorts of federal and four cohorts of state parliamentarians. Over the next three years, our focus is on (i) scaling the program to meet our target of having 20% of all sitting parliamentarians as alumni by the end of 2022, (ii) building the alumni community and offerings, and (iii) developing and implementing a strategy to engage alumni in work that can influence and change the system itself.

The Program Officer will work closely with the Director of Programs to administer and operationalise the running of the Parliamentary Leaders Program and its corollary of events of activities including the alumni program and, in some cases, will be involved in the delivery. Around 20% of their time will be devoted to other AFP projects.

The Parliamentary Leaders Program was relaunched in 2019 with renewed focus and enjoyed its most successful year to date. 2020 is about harnessing this momentum. This program is in a critical stage of being scaled and this role is an invaluable opportunity for a highly-organised individual with an interest in the development of programs designed to build the capacity of leaders to address complex opportunities and challenges facing Australia.

This is a 12-month full-time or part-time (depending on preferred candidate’s preferences) contract with possibility of extension. A three-month probation period applies.

WHAT IS THE AUSTRALIAN FUTURES PROJECT?

Australia’s only non-partisan, non-profit organisation working to end short-termism in Australia. We gather data and insights about how well Australia’s future-making system is working. Based on this research, we work to shift the national discourse from short-term problems to long-term solutions, identify and create solutions to improve the system where it’s most broken, and provide our expertise in systems and complexity to support other organisations who are aligned with our mission and values.

The Australian Futures Project is a tax-exempt, non-profit company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity with the ACNC. For more information, please visit australianfutures.org.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibility:

Provide administrative and operational support for the delivery of the Parliamentary Leaders Program

Detail/Measures:

  • Support the Director of Programs in the planning, preparation, operations and delivery of the Parliamentary Leaders Program and its corollary of events and activities
  • Coordinate the administration around the Parliamentary Leaders Program
  • Maintain effective relationships with stakeholders as required (parliamentarians’ offices, alumni, partner organisations)
  • Assist in developing and disseminating program communications and marketing materials
  • Assist in the evaluation of the programs

Responsibility:

Support Director of Programs and team and contribute to communications

Detail/Measures:

  • Provide administrative and operational support to the Director of Programs and other team members on a variety of projects
  • Contribute to communications materials and correspondence as required

Responsibility:

Contribute to other organisational activities

Detail/Measures:

  • As required, support other AFP projects and activities including administration, communications, event management, community engagement, research and analysis

REPORTING

Reports to: Director of Programs

Direct reports: None

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

We’re a nimble, hard-working team that loves big-picture thinkers. We punch above our weight, and we achieve ambitious goals through innovative thinking and approaches. We run a flat hierarchy and encourage all team members to take initiative and contribute to the direction of the organisation. We work collaboratively with many organisations around Australia in government, business, academia, the community, and the media. We share an office with Social Ventures Australia and a number of other small, hardworking non-profits in the heart of Sydney. We offer flexible working arrangements with options to work part time and / or from home for a portion of the week. Interstate travel may be required as the role develops but will not initially be required. We encourage and will support your professional development through on-the-job opportunities.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential

  • Interest in the field of leadership development, the Australian political landscape, and improving Australia’s decision-making capability
  • Initiative, self-direction, and high levels of motivation with excellent time management, organisation, and prioritisation skills
  • Experience in administration roles
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Good stakeholder management skills
  • Experience in communications (including managing EDMs, basic graphic design, and website management and analytics, and if not, a willingness to learn these)
  • Ability to collaborate and work well in teams
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience in communicating with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Ability to cope in ambiguous and adaptive environments (at times)
  • Ability to work well alone/unassisted (at times)
  • Willingness to acquire additional technical knowledge and skills
  • Ability to adhere to appropriate values and ethical standards in all the AFP business
  • Relevant tertiary qualification
  • Willingness to travel domestically
  • Minimum two years’ work experience
  • Legal right to work in Australia

Desirable

  • Experience in event management for events attended by senior executives and/or politicians
  • Experience working for government or parliamentarians’ offices
  • Experience working on education or training programs

REMUNERATION

Salary package $60,000-$70,000 pa including superannuation commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience of the successful candidate. This role could be full-time or could be part-time based on needs of the preferred candidate. Flexibility in work hours and days is on the table, however we require the candidate to work at least Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and for the flexible arrangement to be fixed (i.e. not changing from week to week). We are offering a 12-month contract with possible extension. Three-month probation period.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Australian Futures Project

Australia’s only non-partisan, non-profit organisation working to end short-termism in Australia. We gather data and insights about how well Australia’s future-making system is working. Based on this research, we work to shift the national discourse from short-term problems to long-term solutions, identify and create solutions to improve the system where it’s most broken, and provide our expertise in systems and complexity to support other organisations who are aligned with our mission and values.

The Australian Futures Project is a tax-exempt, non-profit company limited by guarantee and registered as a charity with the ACNC. For more information, please visit australianfutures.org.

How to apply for this role

Position Description : AFP Program Officer 2020

Applications close midnight, Sunday 8 March 2020. To apply please email the following documents to chloe@australianfutures.org using the subject line “Program Officer – Australian Futures Project”.

  • A cover letter addressing selection criteria above (no more than 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae, including contact details for at least two referees

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews the week starting 16 March 2020. AFP reserves the right to close the application process early.

Enquiries to Director of Programs, Chloë Spackman at chloe@australianfutures.org.


Please quote in application: Program Officer - Part-time via Pro Bono Australia.


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