Director, Strategy and Enabling Services (COO) - Fisher Leadership
Fixed Term
Melbourne or Canberra
Close Date: 20/09/2021
REF: CAUdse0821
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Director, Strategy and Enabling Services (COO)

Fixed Term
Melbourne or Canberra
Close Date: 20/09/2021
REF: CAUdse0821
  • Strive for a world of hope, inclusion and social justice
  • Pivotal organisational reform role
  • Lead a multidisciplinary team

Who we are:
CARE is an international humanitarian aid organisation fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. As a non-religious and non-political organisation, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development projects and providing emergency relief. We know that supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities. We depend on support from the Australian public to carry out our work.
CARE Australia is a member of the CARE International Confederation. We, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.  For over 30 years, CARE Australia has earned an international reputation for our ability to not only respond to the symptoms of poverty, inequality, and injustice, but seek to address the root cause issues. Renowned for our innovative, sustainable and effective long-term work, CARE has a commitment to being locally led, globally connected and an ability and willingness to adapt and change to ensure we are maximising impact.
What we are doing:
Following a recent change of leadership, CARE has embarked on a new pathway that is repositioning it for many of the emerging challenges and opportunities impacting the most vulnerable in Asia Pacific and beyond. This has meant, building on many decades of success, ensuring CARE has a strong future focus and appetite (and resourcing) for entrepreneurship, enterprise, and innovation across all aspects of our work. We are also currently in the process of changing our operating model and playing a lead role in pushing for reform in the aid sector and the roles that international organisations need to play to complement the efforts of local communities. It means a retained focus on maximising impact, but a stronger commitment to embracing new forms of partnership, investments, and technology.
The role:
Bringing values driven, commercial and entrepreneurial acumen, the Director, Strategy and Enabling Services will lead the Enabling Services Department (Finance, HR, IT, Risk and Country Office support) supporting CARE Australia’s broader operations and strategic ambition. Reporting to the CEO the role will provide strategic oversight and monitoring to key organisational functions, including strategy, planning, risk management and compliance, and cultural and operational transformation. Working with a future focused Executive Team, this role is responsible for the alignment of resources and strategy across the organisation and the ongoing evolution of a sustainable, innovative, relevant, and fit-for-purpose operating model.
The role will lead on ensuring strong support to strategic investment opportunities, agile financial stewardship (Beyond Budgeting) for the whole organisation, and ensuring contemporary, streamlined approaches to managing core corporate functions that support the pursuit of our mission. The role also oversees corporate support to geographically dispersed country offices (noting the nature of this is evolving as we pursue more locally led impact). The role engages and contributes to the broader CARE International Confederation in relevant areas and on global change initiatives.
The role is an executive contract of four years and renewable.
Who we are seeking:
You will offer strong leadership capability and people management skills with demonstrated experience in managing, inspiring and empowering multidisciplinary teams in changing environments.  As a member of a senior management team, you will have proven experience in complex operating environments and track record of developing and implementing innovative business and financial processes. Displaying astute commercial acumen and entrepreneurship you will draw on your success implementing organisational change approaches and practices including workplace culture change and organisational development.  Essential to success will be a deep commitment to CARE’s philosophy, principles and objectives and a strong alignment to equal opportunity and sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues. Relevant tertiary qualifications are required.
To apply – please go to and click on ‘APPLY ONLINE’ using reference CAUdse0821, addressing your cover letter and resume to Kate Wheeler of Fisher Leadership, or call +61 1300 347 437 for further information.
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Applications close: Monday 20th September

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