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GPO Box 4487
Sydney NSW 2001 , Level 4, 220 George Street Sydney NSW 2000

Telephone: 1800 812 164

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Careers Chief Executive Officer

Purpose of the role

The role of Chief Executive of Opportunity International Australia provides a unique opportunity for a committed Christian who is passionate about addressing the issues of poverty.

The overall purpose of the CEO role is to provide strategic leadership to Opportunity as well as ensure management and integration in alignment with Opportunity’s vision, mission, core values and global strategic directions. This includes all areas of operations including but not limited to; strategy management, people management, operations management, financial resource management, risk management, board and partnership engagement while at the same time managing the performance and effectiveness of the Senior Executive Team.

Relationship with Opportunity International Global

Opportunity works closely with Opportunity International in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Singapore and Hong Kong. Collectively, Opportunity International and its partners is providing a way out of poverty for nearly ten million people in 22 developing countries around the world. Opportunity’s new CEO will be expected to work closely with the Global Executive Director of Opportunity International, Robert Dunn, (also based in Sydney) and the CEOs of Opportunity International in Canada, Germany, UK and US.

Job Description

Strategic leadership

  • Overall leadership of Opportunity’s work across all elements of fundraising, programs, governance, communication and with network organisations.
  • Providing leadership of the Christian identity and mission of the organisation, including Christian stewardship and authentic Christian leadership.
  • Overall responsibility for growing resources in order to invest in programs, and to always ensure there are sufficient resources to meet existing program commitments.
  • Responsibility for appropriate investment of restricted and unrestricted funds into programs, including providing detailed advice on complex investment decisions to Opportunity’s Investment Committee.
  • Developing and managing a high performing staff team across the organisation, including the senior executive team (5 direct reports); ensuring a positive, supportive, and highly productive work culture.
  • Overall responsibility for all financial and operational policies, procedures and controls, including audit and regulatory processes.

Key functions and activities

  • Fundraising: working closely with the Director of Fundraising to develop the overall strategy for raising resources; including regular, direct engagement with supporters, major donors, business leaders, politicians and key partners both in Australia and overseas.
  • Programs: working closely with the Director of Programs to oversee and develop Opportunity’s programs across key geographies. To advise and support on complex investment decisions and support the Director of Programs regarding all operational and oversight responsibilities of existing programs.
  • External communication and engagement: working closely with the Director of Marketing to develop a highly effective strategy for external communication with supporters, partners and the wider public, including the media. To oversee and lead Opportunity’s relationship with state and federal governments.
  • Operational, financial and regulatory: working closely with the CFO to ensure optimum processes including audit and risk management as well as identifying strategic opportunities for new forms of fundraising via the financial markets. To lead and oversee Opportunity’s relationship with external regulators.
  • Opportunity International Global: working closely with Global Executive Director of Opportunity International, and through partnership with the other CEOs, to drive the mission, purpose and values of Opportunity International. 
  • Team leadership: to provide Christian leadership and stewardship to Opportunity Australia’s team and office, including building and developing a high performing senior leadership team.
  • At all times, and across all functions and responsibilities, to demonstrate servant-leadership through mature Christian character and stewardship.

Selection Criteria

We are seeking an outstanding and distinctive Christian leader to play a key role in the leadership of a highly dynamic and culturally diverse organisation and make a demonstrable and transformational impact on the lives of millions of families.

The Chief Executive Officer will be selected against a robust set of competencies. Candidates will be required to demonstrate experience and achievement against the majority of the following areas:

1/ Knowledge and experience

  • Senior leadership experience at CEO or Director-level, preferably in a large or complex organisation.
  • Strong operational and financial experience, in order to understand sustainability and risk mitigation within our fundraising, program and investment context. Financial services background or senior leadership experience in finance would be a significant advantage.
  • Some awareness or engagement with fundraising and marketing, with the ability to demonstrate a strong aptitude for fundraising. Experience in the board room with financial professionals and major donor level people would be an advantage.
  • Significant staff management experience, including managing team culture and performance at scale.
  • Experience and / or demonstrable comfort with corporate decision-making on a global context, including the ability to lead partnership with Opportunity International Global.
  • Experience in a client or customer service environment.
  • The ability to develop an in-depth understanding of microfinance and existing Opportunity programs. Experience in this area would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrable experience, interest or engagement with international development or microfinance, including a passion for alleviating poverty.

 2/ Core Capabilities

  • Forward-looking, strategic mindset with operational capability and experience in change management and continuous improvement.
  • Strength as a financial strategist and investment thinker, including advanced risk management.
  • Outstanding communication and influencing skills.
  • Highly relational with strong interpersonal skills; someone who builds collaborative relationships, practising gender and cultural diversity.
  • Able to simultaneously manage multiple priorities, projects and make clear decisions.
  • Strong self-management capabilities: demonstrating Christ-centred life and work; learning for growth and development; and maintaining work/life balance and effectiveness.

3/ Personal qualities and values

  • A deep personal commitment to Opportunity’s vision, mission and core values.
  • A faith-centred individual evidenced by a life transformed by Christ with a heart for families living in poverty and marginalised and the commitment to make a difference.
  • A servant-leader who can demonstrate boldness alongside humility.
  • A global citizen, balanced and culturally sensitive professional who excels in forging close and productive working relationships with a broad range of cultures, personality types, styles and perspectives. Proactive towards gender equity.
  • A strong commercial mind with an appetite for innovation and change.
  • The intellectual capacity that is required to function effectively at this level of leadership; someone who shares ideas with clarity and has an intellectual curiosity for our work.
  • A leader of leaders and strong people manager with the ability to motivate and engage with professionals across diverse fields.
  • Physically and emotionally resilient to cope with the demands of travel, and the pressure of global leadership responsibilities.

How to Apply

To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please visit quoting reference 3262.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon AEDT on Wednesday 25th October.

Perrett Laver will conduct an executive search process in parallel with the public advertisement of the role. Longlisted candidates will be invited to interview with Perrett Laver and the Selection Panel will subsequently meet to decide upon a final shortlist for the role. For a confidential conversation or further information about how to apply, please contact Petra Awad at or call on +61 2 8354 4001.

Informal meetings with Opportunity and the subsequent formal interviews will take place in late November.

The role will be based in Sydney, Australia and the salary is competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

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