Ardoch is a children’s education charity focused on improving the learning outcomes of children and young people in disadvantaged communities.

Our mission is to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities by:

  • Mobilising volunteers and connecting partners to build the capacity of schools and early years services in these communities; and
  • Advocating for, and influencing policy change to reduce inequity in education.

Ardoch works with thousands of children and young people in schools and early years services in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

 Ardoch is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values child safety.


We are currently recruiting for the below position:

Programs Manager - placed based (FUll time)

The role:

Ardoch currently has an on-going full-time position for a highly motivated and professional leader to manage a team of 4 staff and scale and deliver high impact and innovative programs. The role, in a growing organisation will also form key partnerships with community organisations. The vacancy has arisen due to the incumbent re-locating overseas.

Ardoch works with a place-based approach in Dandenong, Frankston, Geelong and Melbourne’s West, working in partnership with 20-30 early years services and school sites in each region.

We rely on the support of the community to raise more than $2 million each year. More than 93 percent of our revenue comes from fundraising efforts. Ardoch’s volunteer programs are Award winning and Ardoch was named a 2017 Victorian Finalist (Charity Category) in the Telstra Business Awards.

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • Experience managing multiple projects or programs simultaneously
  • Experience in staff leadership and management
  • Tertiary qualification in relevant and related discipline
  • Commitment to, understanding of and passion for the vision and work of Ardoch
  • Demonstrated success working collaboratively with a diverse range of organisations and stakeholders, including those experiencing disadvantage
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Well-developed interpersonal, consultation, problem solving, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Practical experience working in early years and/or school programs
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Experience in monitoring, evaluating and reporting on program effectiveness and outcomes
  • High level computer, administrative and database management skills

Full position description can be found here

For further information please contact Adele Stowe-Lindner, National Programs Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 9537 2414.

To apply, please send: A detailed response to all of the Key Selection Criteria, and your current resume along with three references.

Ardoch has a two-tiered interview process: We will invite candidates for 1st interviews on Monday 22nd October 2018, we will be conducting the 2nd interviews on: Thursday 25th October.

Applications close: 11pm, Sunday 14th October 2018. Ardoch is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Operations Support Coordinator (Part-time)

The role:

We are seeking an Operations Support Coordinator with:

  • Strong administrative skills;
  • Highly organised approach to work
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and deal appropriately with sensitive information
  • Demonstrated ability to plan effectively and prioritise work appropriately
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Intermediate (minimum) level experience in Microsoft office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • A strong interest in working in the not-for-profit sector and a values-driven organisation

The responsibilities of the role are:

Operations Coordination

  • Manage day-to-day administrative operations to ensure effective and efficient running of the Queen St office (including but not limited to office equipment maintenance, office supplies & housekeeping , liaison with building management)
  • Support the organisation's compliance and risk functions by ensuring that administrative records are well maintained and clearly documented Systems are in place
  • Manage IT requirements of the office, including acting as the key liaison point with external IT and telecommunications providers to ensure that adequate systems and data back-up is in place
  • Provide general and ad hoc administrative support to other Ardoch team members

Administrative support to Leadership Team

  • Provide HR administrative support related to on-boarding and exiting of staff, including correspondence preparation and an Induction/Orientation schedule in consultation with the Leadership Team
  • Ensure that Ardoch Policies are reviewed regularly according to the annual schedule by highlighting due dates to CEO and Leadership Team and scheduling reviews and assist with updating relevant documents as required
  • Assist the smooth running of Leadership Team meetings by supporting the development of the agenda, taking minutes and ensuring the timely follow-up of actions
  • Provide back-up administrative support for board meetings occasionally if required

Reception Duties

  • Act as a positive and welcoming presence as first point of contact with all office visitors ensuring that meeting rooms are set up and the office environment is well-maintained
  • Support Ardoch team members in managing guest arrivals for Ardoch events held on-site, for example volunteer training
  • Answer all incoming phone calls and redirect to relevant staff as required
  • Manage generic organisational email account/s and respond to or redirect relevant emails to other staff for information or action as appropriate

Benefits and perks

  • Access to not-for-profit salary packaging.  Designated gifted leave including a day off for your birthday!  
  • Small, committed and friendly staff team and amazing volunteers
  • Great central CBD location


  • Experience with various administrative software packages/ tools that support efficiency for example, event registration / MailChimp / Survey Monkey
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously while exercising sound judgement
  • Experience in the not-for-profit sector
  • An interest in children's education and/or addressing disadvantage

In addition, applicants should be able to demonstrate key capabilities and behaviours within our Leadership Capability Framework.  These are:

Stakeholder Centricity – We proactively seek to understand the needs and goals of all our stakeholders and look for mutually beneficial solutions
Collaboration – We actively seek the opinions of others to collect diverse perspectives and capitalise on our collective strengths
Project Leadership – We set ourselves up for success by ensuring we execute in a planned and structured manner
Business Acumen – We look for opportunities to maximise the benefits of every dollar spent
Drive for Results – We stay focused and remain accountable for following through on our commitments
Strategic Thinking
Resilience – We individually and collectively create a working environment that allows us to work through challenges

ALL applications should include a cover letter of no more than 2 pages providing examples of how applicants have demonstrated both the capabilities and skills required for this position, or through other experiences.  Applications that do not include a cover letter will not be considered.

Applications should be addressed to, and inquiries may be made to: Linda Sim, National Business and Finance Manager on  03 9537 2414.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  using the subject line: Operations Support Coordinator

Applications close:  5 pm on 14 October 2018

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