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Organisation : The Foundation for Young Australians

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Foundations, Trusts & Philanthropy

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : 145000 excluding superannuation

Application closing date : 18 Sep, 2020

About the role

About the role 

This newly developed leadership position of Executive Director, Advocacy will focus on developing and delivering a cutting-edge program for FYA to support young changemakers to strengthen or scale their advocacy and voice on issues of local, national and global significance. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer this role includes provision of high-level expertise in government relations, media, policy, and digital engagement. 

Core responsibilities

  • Ensure effective integrated management of a department, including creating open channels for communication, synthesising information, identifying risks and opportunities, driving action and solving problems, and making decisions impacting multiple functions or involving trade-offs.
  • Identify, collaborate with, and empower a broad community of young change-makers, especially young people facing injustice and structural disadvantage.
  • Develop and maintain a best-practice ethical and values-driven framework for advocacy work with young people focused on building and safeguarding their agency, skills and well-being, as well as addressing their priorities.
  • Develop ongoing programs as well as responsive strategic support offerings that back young change-makers to strengthen or scale their own impact. This will include accessing high-level expertise in government relations, media relations, storytelling, digital and public engagement as well as policy and research or other capacities FYA offers. 
  • Build the profile and relationships of FYA as an enabler and backer of youth-led change, across social change communities. This will include social welfare, environmental, human rights, legal and other organisations, especially those with a strong alignment to FYA priorities.

About You 

  • At least 8-10 years experience in the non-profit or for purpose sectors driving projects to achieve systems change, with several years experience in a senior leadership role managing a team.
  • 5-8 years in leadership roles in diverse advocacy or campaigning work.
  • Demonstrated experience leading campaign strategy planning with a strong grounding in campaign theory, personal experience of what works, authentic facilitation and leadership skills, and an ability to pivot quickly and develop responsive strategy in the moment.
  • Demonstrated hands-on expertise and experience in delivering a diverse range of advocacy tactics, from popular movement building to decision-maker advocacy, digital campaigning to field organising.
  • Expert, wide-ranging understanding of the Australian political and policy landscape. This ideally includes relationships with a broad range of politicians or other decision-makers as well as strong political judgement.
  • Strong proficiency with key workplace tools such as Google apps, Slack etc.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : The Foundation for Young Australians

About the Foundation for Young Australians

Today’s generation of young Australians are facing unprecedented and intersecting crises. They also have the skills, insight and ambition to address them. At FYA, our vision is that young people have the power to beat injustice and transform the future. In pursuit of this vision, our purpose is to back young people with the trust, resources, skills, and connections to make change.

FYA has an incredible history, new CEO, focused strategy, dynamic team and board, and unique resource base. We are now shaping a future-focused organisation committed to the highest standards of professionalism, culture and conditions, diversity, and impact - all centered around our key constituents: young people.

Our work is guided by a commitment to beating injustice. We strongly encourage applications from people with successful track records advocating for justice as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, people of colour, women, people with disability, LGBTIQA+ communities and migrants to Australia. We acknowledge our sector has systematically excluded these communities and are committed to changing this.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Executive Director, Advocacy via Pro Bono Australia.


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