Chief Development Officer

Opportunity Closes: Wednesday, 9th of June 2021 at 11:59pm AWST.

Applications are now open for the position of Chief Development Officer on the National Executive of UN Youth Australia. This vacancy represents an amazing opportunity to be part of the team that guides the implementation of UN Youth Australia’s national strategy and mission, and to play key roles in leading a range of portfolios. 

All members must be under the age of 26 at the time of their appointment and eligible for Associate Membership of either a Division of UN Youth Australia or the national organisation. They must hold, or be eligible to hold, a Working With Children Check (WWCC) or state and territory equivalent. 

About the Role

The Chief Development Officer is responsible for engaging external stakeholders to create sponsorship and partnership opportunities for UN Youth Australia and for managing relationships with UN Youth Australia’s Alumni.

The Chief Development Officer is responsible for: 

  • Designing and implementing an innovative organisational sponsorship and partnerships strategy; 
  • Working with the National President to build and manage partnerships with key stakeholders in government, private and non-profit sectors. 
  • Applying for grants and sponsorship (both financial and in-kind) on behalf of the organisation; 
  • Fostering and building the UN Youth alumni community, and working with divisions and National Council Convenors to plan alumni events around Australia;
  • Overseeing the National Accessibility Panel and seeking sponsorships/partnerships that increase the accessibility of our organisation;
  • Promoting sponsorship best practice throughout the entire organisation, by creating sponsorship resources, materials and guides, and providing guidance to individuals, divisions and event convenors;
  • Providing support to Development Directors in UN Youth Australia divisions;
  • Sitting on the Board Ethics Committee to assist in evaluating the ethics of potential partnerships;
  • Overseeing a Partnerships Manager and Alumni Manager who assist the CDO with their duties. 

Additionally, the Chief Development Officer is expected to demonstrate the following core competencies:

Compulsory Criteria

  • Strong project management skills;
  • Ability to lead the strategic direction of the Development Portfolio (self-direction);
  • Demonstrated ability to seek sponsorship for events/organisations and/or previous success in applying for grants;
  • Ability to communicate effectively and with clarity;
  • Ability to work to deadlines; and
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

Desirable Criteria

  • Strong background in networking and forming business connections;
  • Innovative and creative mindset about strategy and partnerships;
  • Experience in negotiating contracts or MOUs;
  • Interest in Accessibility and/or Ethics; and
  • Willingness and ability to drive new initiatives that improve the capacity of the organisation in line with the Strategic Plan.

About the National Executive

The National Executive (NExec) is the operating body of UN Youth Australia, a company limited by guarantee that serves as the federal body for eight UN Youth state and territory divisions. The National Executive consists of ten officers, each holding a specific portfolio. The National Executive is appointed by the Board of Directors with the exception of the National President, which is elected by Voting Members (divisions). 

What does the National Executive do? 

The National Executive’s role is to run the day-to-day operations of the national organisation and help guide the strategy for the entire organisation. This involves overseeing the organisation’s administration, finances, educational content and mission, external relations, national and international programs, and volunteer management. 

What is the time commitment of being on NExec? 

Each National Executive member is typically appointed for a 12-month term, with the possibility of an extension. During this time, each officer should aim to attend: 

  • Weekly National Executive teleconference meetings (usually for 2 hours). 
  • Two times yearly National Executive Face to Face meetings (usually held over three days each time in February and August, in locations to be determined) 
  • Twice yearly National Council meetings (held over one week each time in July 2021 in Sydney and December 2021 in Perth). 

Reimbursements are made for travel and accommodation for National Councils and National Executive Face to Face meetings. 

National Executive members serve in a volunteer capacity and do not receive a financial compensation or a stipend for their service. The estimated time commitment for National Executive members is 15-20  hours per week on their portfolio. 

Oversight and accountability 

Each member of the National Executive is directly overseen by the National President and will undergo performance reviews conducted by the Board of Directors at least twice a year. 

Each member of the National Executive signs a Confidentiality Agreement and a Volunteer Agreement developed in collaboration with the HR Committee of the Board of Directors that agrees the volunteer’s role and responsibilities and ways of working with the Board

How to apply:

Applications should be submitted via the form embedded below or via the following link

Your application should include

  • Your name, age and division (state/territory)
  • Your best phone number and email address 
  • Your WWCC number or local equivalent (if you have one)
  • A resume of relevant experience, not to exceed one A4 page 
  • A statement addressing the core competencies outlined below and your vision for the role, not to exceed two A4 pages

Opportunity Closes: Wednesday, 9th of June 2021 at 11:59pm AWST.

Both internal and external applicants are highly encouraged to apply. 


The Chief Development Officer will be appointed by UN Youth Australia’s Board of Directors in July 2021. The successful candidate will be appointed for either a 6 month term ending on December 31st 2021 or a 12 month term ending on July 1st 2021. Please indicate your preference for a term length in your application.


Please direct any questions to the National President, Georgina Ryan, at

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