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Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Organisation : Public Education Foundation

Location : Sydney

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Operations Management

Sector : Education & Employment, Education & Training

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 8 Jul, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Public Education Foundation

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving equity and excellence in Australian public schools.  Since our establishment in 2008, our flagship scholarship program has grown to support over 800 students, teachers and principals annually with scholarship distributions of almost $1.5 million per year. We also undertake research and campaigning to highlight issues relating to equity and excellence in public education.

About the role

Working closely with the CEO, the Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the delivery of the operational requirements of the Public Education Foundation including the organisation’s communication activities.

This involves the effective implementation of key organisational processes, including communications program; scholar engagement; regular systems review; and HR management in consultation with the CEO.

The COO will be the central point of oversight and management of the day-to-day operations and contribute through the CEO to the ongoing plans, success, and operations of the Foundation. The role will manage and implement the overall communications program particularly focusing on general communications, and those with scholars during the tenure of their scholarship.

While the role is a management role overseeing the work of the staff team, it is also a role that engages  in ‘hands on’ work.

Selection Criteria

  • Commitment to PEF’s vision, mission and values
  • Experience in program implementation and management
  • Communications skills, including excellent writing ability and understanding of different audiences and channels
  • Highly developed organisational skills, including prioritisation and working to deadlines
  • Adaptability to the changing demands of a ‘hands on’ working environment
  • Capacity to manage a small team
  • Good working knowledge of Australian education and/or not-for-profit landscape

How to apply

Applications, in the form of a letter which addresses the selection criteria (no more than 2 pages) and a copy of your CV, should be emailed to by 5pm Friday 8 July 2022.


Please quote in application: Chief Operating Officer (COO) via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Operations_Management
Sector: #Education_and_Employment, #Education_and_Training


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