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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 : 145,000 excluding superannuation

Application closing date : 18 Sep, 2020

About the role

About The Role

This newly created leadership position will lead a major new capacity-building program to back young Australians driving initiatives, organisations and movements on issues they are passionate about. 

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer this will include significant grant-making, coaching, leadership development and training, deployment of FYA’s physical infrastructure, hosting of events and provision of shared services to support youth-led organisations. 

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, as well as making decisions impacting multiple functions or involving trade-offs.
  • Conduct deep relationship building with youth-led movements to understand their vision and needs, including:
    • Mapping, analysis and strategy support. 
    • Acting as a key internal and external thought-leader on the practice of youth engagement, and the organisational capacity needs of youth-led initiatives.
    • Oversee team members focused on building and maintaining cross-organisational projects and impact with priority youth cohorts.
  • Direct the design, fundraising, marketing, delivery and evaluation of high-quality capacity-building programs such as:
    • Grant-making initiatives taking into account good practice in outreach, application process design, review and selection, due diligence, wraparound support, communications and impact evaluation.
    • Training and skills development providing a range of strategic and targeted training designed around the needs of young change-makers, delivered directly, or through partners (whose capacity we might also seek to build).
    • Physical infrastructure including creative and high-impact use of available spaces in FYA’s Melbourne buildings, as well as partner facilities across the country.
    • Events and convenings bringing together young people and youth organisations to share experiences, learn skills and build movements.
    • Identification, development and ongoing management of shared services that provide ongoing support to youth-led organisations.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Philanthropy to build a large, active community of donors engaged with our strategic analysis, and committed to investing across the youth-led space, both through FYA and directly. 

About You 

  • At least 8 years of progressively responsible 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.
  • 4-5 years in leadership roles directly in, or working alongside, youth-led grassroots initiatives, with a deep exposure to their challenges and strengths.
  • Demonstrated experience leading facilitation and co-design processes with large and diverse teams, groups or coalitions to achieve shared purpose and strategy.  
  • Demonstrated experience with grant-making (alternatively commercial VC-style) investment into a portfolio of organisations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to elevating lived experience and ensuring accessibility in your work.
  • Demonstrated success with fundraising, ideally including both major donations and grants as well as crowd-based, small dollar fundraising
  • Strong proficiency with key workplace tools such as Google apps, Slack etc.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : The Foundation for Young Australians

About FYA

At the Foundation for Young Australians, 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 a 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, Capacity Building via Pro Bono Australia.


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