Careers

Working for Ardoch

The Ardoch team is committed to improving educational outcomes for children in disadvantaged communities. Our professional team members fill roles across program delivery, volunteer management, fundraising and engagement, finance, administration and operations.

Current position(s):

Board Member

Programs Partnerships & Delivery Team Manager

Education Partner Coordinator – Greater Geelong

Board Member

We are seeking a forward-thinking and motivated individual with finance, business and accounting capability to join our board to complement the experience, skills and networks of existing board members. This is a voluntary board position.

Are you passionate about children’s education and realising potential? Would you like to add to the strategic capability of an organisation that provides education support programs through volunteers to children in disadvantaged communities? Are you able to commit to up to 10 monthly board or other committee meetings a year and have a willingness to show your deep support to an organisation by participating in selected fundraising or marketing events, making relevant introduction or through regular giving?

If the answer is is yes, and you excel in one or both of the following areas, we’d love to hear from you!

  • Strong financial acumen – experience in business and accounting practices with the capability to take on the role of Treasurer for the organisation. The successful candidate will play a key role in the Finance, Risk and Audit committee.
  • Extensive educational experience (operational and/or teaching) in either the government, catholic or independent sectors, especially in schools in disadvantaged communities.

With either of the above we are particularly interested in hearing from people who are based in, or have deep experience in these areas, in Victoria and New South Wales.

Your experience will allow you to:

  • play a key role in increasing board education and insights on issues and support the Board and CEO to ‘ask the right questions’
  • provide advice and guidance on the development and execution of strategy as required, including board involvement
  • support the organisation in its development of new and innovative programs in education
  • support the leadership team, as needed, to build new networks and connections through relevant introductions as appropriate
  • support the CEO and National Business and Finance Manager in managing the finances of the organisation.
Key Responsibilities

All Ardoch Directors have the following responsibilities:

  • Ensuring that they perform the duties and responsibilities of a director with due care and diligence in compliance with all applicable laws, the constitution and any specific delegations or policies approved by the Board
  • Ensuring Ardoch remains aligned with its vision, mission and strategic and financial objectives and delivers programs and projects in line with those aims
  • Contributing to the achievement of Ardoch’s strategic plan by supporting and/or overseeing implementation of agreed strategic initiatives
  • Participating in various fundraising and marketing events and activities and/or making introductions to relevant networks to enhance Ardoch’s ability to continue to deliver on its operating plans
  • Attending monthly (up to 10 per year) board/committee meetings regularly as well as any additional meetings, such as committee meetings, planning sessions or working group meetings, and following up on commitments made in a timely manner
  • Monitoring Ardoch’s organisational and financial performance and execution against the approved annual operational plan and budget
  • Maintaining and enhancing Ardoch’s public reputation as a corporate entity by personally being a role model for ethical and professional conduct and monitoring Ardoch’s organisational behaviour.
Key Selection Criteria – Essential
  • Understanding of and commitment to Ardoch’s philosophy and work
  • Understanding of community development and especially disadvantage and poverty
  • Skills and experience relevant to one or more of the profiles listed in the advertisement
  • An appreciation of the challenges of smaller not-for-profit organisations whose funding sources are non-government
  • Demonstrated relationship management skills
  • o Strong oral and written communication skills
  • o Dynamic personality with the ability to think clearly, originally and laterally
  • o Willingness to bring a genuine spirit of inquiry to issues, a preparedness to challenge the status quo, and the courage to be a catalyst for change within the board.

As Ardoch is a child-safe organization, the successful candidate will be required to obtain satisfactory police and Working with Children checks.

Further information: For initial further information about the role, please contact Lisa Jones, Chief Executive Officer on 0416 577 308 or at Lisa.Jones@ardoch.org.au. For further information about Ardoch please visit www.ardoch.org.au.

To apply: Please send a short cover letter outlining your interest and a summary of your experience to recruitment@ardoch.org.au with the subject line “EOI Board” by 20 May 2022. Interviews will take place late May to early June following review by the Nominations Committee.

Programs Partnerships & Delivery Team Manager

Do you love working with a high impact team to support children and young people?

Looking for a great role full time role, that will have high impact on young children in disadvantaged communities?

We are seeking someone who is solution focused, creative, and a team leader, who would like to work in a welcoming team environment, to help us to deliver programs to young children in early years centres and schools in disadvantaged communities and help us to provide volunteers who will deliver literacy and stem programs to them.

This role will help us to:

  • Lead an inspirational team who make a difference in the lives of young children in disadvantaged communities, who often begin school as vulnerable as they did not have the support they needed to thrive.
  • Help us to deliver fun, interactive education support programs through our delivery partners and volunteers and to give children a glimpse of what to look forward to in the future.
  • Work with a fantastic, supportive team who will cheer you on, celebrate your success and support you all the way.
  • This role is a wonderful opportunity for someone keen to contribute to making a difference in the lives of children and young people.
  • We offer a full-time role to the right candidate with flexible conditions – Hybrid working model, combining time at our Melbourne-based office (CBD) and working remotely

What are we looking for?

A strong passion for delivering aspirational programs for children and Young people

  • Ability to manage a geographically diverse team
  • Proven ability to drive program reach and growth
  • Operational excellence and the ability to contribute to and execute strategic plans
  • Comprehensive coaching skills with a motivational and inspirational management style
  • Extensive experience in succession planning and developing strong leaders
  • Excellent organisational skills with ability to multi-task/prioritise daily work
  • Excellent communication, attention to detail and interpersonal skills – a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude with strong service orientation
  • A strong understanding of the Volunteer management and relationship building.
  • Community engagement experience
  • Understanding of and commitment to the work of Ardoch and its vision, mission, philosophies and values
  • A process-improvement mindset backed by good project management, time-management, organisational and administrative skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse range of organisations and stakeholders – both externally and internally – including early years centres, educators and volunteers from diverse backgrounds and age groups.
  • Ability to travel when required

What will you be doing?

You will be responsible for managing a high impact team to deliver aspiration programs to children and young people in early years centres and schools across Australia.

Will you fit in?

We are a diverse team, who embrace our values and work collaboratively to achieve our goals.

Our values are:

  • COMMUNITY: We create the village
  • COMMITMENT: We never give up
  • COLLABORATION: We can’t do this alone
  • RESPECT: We are people who want to help
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: We have the honest conversations

It is important that all of our team can relate to these values.

If you are interested, please apply now as we are accepting applications early.

So if you think you are perfect for the role, send us a cover letter telling us why, a response to our key selection criteria (no more than 3 pages) and your CV. Don’t wait for the due date as we will be evaluating applications as soon as we receive them.

To apply:

  • Submit an application addressing the selection criteria and resume to recruitment@ardoch.org.au by 5pm on Friday, 27 May 2022

Please see the complete job description here

Education Partnerships Coordinator (Greater Geelong)

Do you love working with children and volunteers?  Looking for a great role part-time role which will have high impact on children and young people in disadvantaged communities?    

We are seeking someone who is solution-focused, creative and a team player who would like to work in a welcoming team environment.  You will help us to reach young children in early years centres and schools in disadvantaged communities, providing programs and volunteers who will deliver literacy and STEM-based programs to them.

This role will help us to:

  • Make a difference in the lives of children and young people in disadvantaged communities who often begin school as vulnerable as they did not have the support they needed to thrive.
  • Help us to deliver fun, interactive and aspirational programs and education support volunteers and to give children a glimpse of what to look forward to in the future.
  • Work with a fantastic, supportive team who will cheer you on, celebrate your success and support you all the way.
  • Support our wonderful volunteers and to bridge the gap for children in disadvantaged communities.

This role is a wonderful opportunity for someone keen to contribute to making a difference in the lives of children and young people.

We offer a full-time role to the right candidate with flexible conditions – hybrid working model, combining time at our Melbourne-based office (CBD) and working remotely.

What are we looking for?

  • A strong understanding of the school environment and volunteer management and relationship building
  • Community engagement experience
  • Some partnership management or customer service experience
  • Understanding of and commitment to the work of Ardoch and its vision, mission, philosophies and values
  • A process-improvement mindset backed by good project management, time-management, organisational and administrative skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse range of organisations and stakeholders – both externally and internally – including schools, educators and volunteers from diverse backgrounds and age groups

What will you be doing?

You will be responsible for liaising with schools and early years centres in the Greater Geelong region of Melbourne, organising aspirational programs and events for them and placing and supporting our education support volunteers in them.

Will you fit in?

We are a diverse team, who embrace our values and work collaboratively to achieve our goals. It is important that all our team can relate to our values.

If you are interested, please apply now as we are accepting applications early.

We would love to have a fantastic new team member join our team, so if you think you are perfect for the role, send us a cover letter telling us why and your CV.  Don’t wait for the due date, as we will be evaluating applications as soon as we receive them.

The successful candidate will:

  • Submit an application with a cover letter and addressing the selection criteria and resume to recruitment@ardoch.org.au by 5pm on Friday 27th May 2022

Please see the complete job description here: EPC – Greater Geelong PD

In addition to helping every child realise their potential through full participation in education, there are many benefits to becoming part of the Ardoch Team.

Gifted leave

Ardoch offers generous ‘gifted leave’ provisions for employees each year, designating five days a year adjacent to public holidays as additional leave entitlements. This aims to positively contribute to employee wellbeing by providing extended mini-breaks throughout the year.

Flexible work

Ardoch has a flexible work policy that aims to assist employees to balance and integrate their work responsibilities with other facets of their lives, while ensuring that the organisation as a whole is able to deliver on our strategic priorities and operational requirements. Flexibility options include variations to hours, part-time employment and opportunities to work from home or remotely.

Professional development

Ardoch places significant value on professional development and on-the-job learning and we prioritise these opportunities for our team.  We have developed a Leadership Capability Framework which is focused on growing eight key capabilities through our approach to learning, recruitment, performance management and development. These key capabilities are:

  • Business Acumen
  • Collaboration
  • Curiosity
  • Drive for Results
  • Project Leadership
  • Resilience
  • Stakeholder Centricity
  • Strategic Thinking

Ardoch is an equal opportunity employer and a child safe organisation.