Operations Director



About the role:

In order to run our powerful campaigns and programs which fight for climate justice we need our back of house to be sparkling. This key senior leadership role is responsible for the internal operations of our organisation. You’ll manage our finances overseeing our expenditure, facilitate our organisational planning, ensure we’re across all the risks inherent with our cheeky campaigning style and every growing volunteer network, support the introduction of AYCC’s EBA (enterprise bargaining agreement) and keep our team happy and healthy and lastly you’ll work closely with our Board of Directors on best practice governance and compliance. Every day in the role will bring you a different yet exciting operational challenge.

Working at AYCC & Seed is the best:

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) has been around for 10 years now and Seed launched as a branch of AYCC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in 2014. Together AYCC and Seed have built a strong team of young staff committed to our mission. As a member of our team you’ll get 5 weeks leave per year, flexible working arrangements, plenty of professional development opportunities, and some great friends.

About the AYCC and Seed:

The AYCC is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation building a movement of young people to protect our future from climate change. We are Australia’s largest youth-led organisation and one of the most effective organisations dedicated to tackling climate change, with 850 volunteers nationally and more than 150,000 supporters. We have four major areas of work:

  • Campaigns to solve the climate crisis - we run campaigns to make sure Australia moves from fossil fuels to renewable energy as quickly as possible. Our campaigns include:
    • Stopping Adani’s dangerous coal mine in Queensland from destroying our Reef and climate
    • Campaigning for 100% renewable energy from the Government and Opposition, with a particular focus on repowering schools across the country
    • Supporting Seed to ban fracking in the Northern Territory
  • Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network - led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, this growing network is giving Indigenous young people the skills to Protect Country. Check out more at seedmob.org.au
  • Switched on Schools - each year we educate, inspire and empower tens of thousands of high school students to create change. We do this through presentations, two day summits and then mentor students to lead their own campaigns to repower their schools
  • Climate Leaders Training program - we give young people the information, skills, inspiration and support they need to lead climate campaigns in their community through monthly workshop, statewide training camps and national leadership gatherings

Key Responsibilities

The Director of Operations is responsible for the internal operations of AYCC. This includes managing AYCC’s:

  • Financial management - oversight of our expenditure, drive the annual financial planning process, communicate finances to key stakeholders, manage the annual auditing process and undertake regular project tracking reviews, drive monthly budget meetings with project managers
  • Risk Management - oversight of risk management processes and implementation throughout organisation, proactively manage high level risks, reactive risk management as it occurs
  • Human Resources and Organisational Improvement - supporting managers in recruiting and hiring, reviewing and updating HR policies, overseeing welfare and grievance processes, supporting staff to ensure happy and healthy teams, managing the implementation of the EBA
  • Governance and Compliance - secure legal advice, organise and manage our Annual General Meeting and Members’ Register, ensure we’re meeting reporting requirements to government bodies, maintain and update licenses, ensure compliance with all relevant state and national laws
  • Organisational Planning and Management - oversight of the organisations evaluation and monitoring framework, oversight of the annual planning cycle, work with the leadership team on organisational structure changes and succession planning, work in leadership team to coordinate workflow throughout organisation

Skills and experience:

  • Working in a fast growing and rapid response organisation
  • Understands and is committed to the mission and values of the AYCC
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with people from a range of backgrounds
  • Ability to think quick, take initiative and be highly organised
  • Managing large projects including scoping, set-up, financial management, outcomes, reporting, evaluation
  • Experience with financial management and high level risk management
  • Experience in people and team management to achieve outcomes, especially with young people
  • Can work well in a team; shows consideration and respect; accommodates and works well with the different working styles of others
  • Passionate about climate change and working with young people
  • A willingness to learn on the run is required

We are a youth organisation, so we don’t expect you to be an expert at everything. Even if you only meet some of these requirements, but you think you’re right for the job and are ready to learn, we’re keen to hear from you. The role will be developed to meet the skills and experience of the right candidate.

How To Apply

Candidates should submit via email:

  • A cover letter of no more than 2 pages addressing the above responsibilities and why you’re the best person for the job
  • A resume of no more than 2 pages

The AYCC is a youth-led organisation with an exemption from the Anti-Discrimination Act. As such, all staff and core volunteers are under 30, and we seek applications only from those under 30. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications should be addressed to AYCC’s National Director, Gemma Borgo-Caratti at application@aycc.org.au, using the subject line ‘Application - Operations Director’.

Contact Tracey for a confidential discussion regarding this position: tracey@aycc.org.au

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APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Monday 18th, June at 6pm for interviews later that week



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