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Campaigns Director - Melbourne / Sydney

The Foundation for Young Australians
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  • The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA)
  • Permanent part-time / full-time (0.8-1.0 FTE) position, starting date (negotiable)
  • Salary $105-115,000 excluding superannuation
  • Located in Melbourne or Sydney (virtual/hybrid work arrangements will be considered)

About the role

You will design and implement cutting-edge programs to support youth-led campaigns to win systems change on issues of local, national and global significance. This will include backing existing youth-led groups to win campaigns and new youth-led groups to start rapid response, short and medium term campaigns - from providing strategic and operational advice on campaign plans to creating group training and knowledge retention strategies

You will work closely with FYA’s Advocacy & Campaigns and First Nations teams, and youth-led campaigning partners.

Key to success will be your ability to work in a team, your demonstrated track record of winning systems change, and your hands-on experience working with communities facing structural oppression.

About you

  • Experience leading short (e.g. rapid response) and medium term campaigns that have led to systemic change for impacted communities.
  • Ability to identify tipping point opportunities for strategic action, paired with an understanding of how to back affected communities to take action in a way which builds relationships of mutual trust and respect.
  • Lived expertise and relationships in First Nations justice, racial justice, LGBTIQA+ liberation, disability justice and/or economic justice.
  • Experience coaching, motivating and supporting campaigners from diverse backgrounds to maximise their strategic choices.
  • Hands-on expertise coordinating campaigns, in-the-moment mobilising, media rapid response, and government engagement.
  • Commitment to teamwork and collaboration, balancing competing priorities, and prioritising wellbeing.

Our work is guided by a commitment to beating injustice. We strongly encourage applications from First Nations people, young people, people of colour, women, people with disability, people from LGBTIQA+ communities, and people with lived experience of economic injustice and housing insecurity. We recognise that our sector (philanthropy and nonprofits) has systematically excluded these communities. The problems we face are complex and the more diversity of experiences we can bring to the table, the better our solutions are.

We do not expect applicants to hold a secondary or tertiary degree - the impact of the campaigns you’ve worked on is more important to us than whether you have academic qualifications or not. We value paid and unpaid campaigning experience equally - we’re more interested in your impact and how you did your work ethically with communities directly affected by injustice, than by the role or salary in the job you’re in.

About us

Today’s generation of young Australians are facing unprecedented and intersecting crises. They also have the skills, insight and ambition to address them. At the Foundation for Young Australians, our vision is that young people have the power to beat injustice and transform the future. In pursuit of this vision, our purpose is to back young people with the trust, resources, skills, and connections to make change.

We’re the largest independent nonprofit in Australia dedicated to backing the capacity, voice, and power of young changemakers. With a team of more than 50 strategists, advocates, facilitators and researchers (to name a few) our headquarters are in Melbourne (Naarm) but our teams work remotely around the country.

Our values

  • We respect and back First Nations young people and their communities
  • We back and serve young people
  • We shift power to young people with lived experience
  • We dream big
  • We care about each other
  • We are always learning
  • We have fun

Click apply now or head to the ‘work with us’ section of our website and follow the application process.

Please include a resume (no more than 3 pages) in your application.

You will be asked two questions in your application in which you’re required to provide brief answers (no more than 500 words each), including:

  • A description of yourself and what excites you about this role and working for FYA, and
  • An explanation of how your experience relates to what we’re looking for.

We are open to receiving this as a written piece e.g. poetry or essay (no more than 500 words each), a video or audio (no more than 5 mins). For video or audio applications please send your responses to people@fya.org.au using the subject line: Campaigns Director enquiry via EthicalJobs.

For more information or a confidential discussion about the role contact:

Lee Carnie (they/them)

Executive Director, Advocacy & Campaigns

lee.carnie@fya.org.au using the subject line: Campaigns Director enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Feel free to book in some time using Calendly to ask any questions - no matter how big or small your questions seem, we’re here to answer all of them.

For more information or a confidential discussion about the recruitment process contact:

Alex McLean (she/they)

Director, People & Operations


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