Chief Operating Officer

Location: Darwin
Job Type: Permanent
Discipline: Executive Search
Reference: 1486216
Posted: 12 days ago

About St Vincent de Paul Society

St Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) is one of Australia’s most iconic faith based Not for Profit organisations. Founded in 1833 by individuals who wished to put their faith into action, the organisation is built on strong Christian values and plays a critical role in providing unwavering support for those who suffer deprivation, marginalisation, and inequality. As a lay Catholic organisation, they aspire to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope, and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.
The Society in Australia is represented by more than 3000 employees and 60,000 members and plays a vital role in providing assistance to individuals and families experiencing hardship. Their work encompasses a wide range of services, including emergency relief, affordable housing, food assistance, and support for refugees and migrants. The society operates thrift stores, commonly known as Vinnies shops, where donated goods are sold to fund their charitable activities.
The organisation is guided by the principles of respect, compassion, justice, and collaboration. Volunteers and members actively engage with communities to offer practical assistance, a listening ear, and a helping hand to those in need. The society's commitment to social justice extends beyond immediate relief, aiming to address the root causes of poverty and advocate for systemic change.
Overall, the St Vincent de Paul Society remains a beacon of hope, providing support, solidarity, and empowerment to individuals and families facing adversity. Through their compassionate efforts, they contribute significantly to creating a more just and compassionate society.
About the role:

As the Chief Operating Officer, you will oversee the day-to-day running of SVdP NT including Assets and Infrastructure, Communications and Fundraising, Social Services, Housing, Retail and Health & Safety. You will ensure the delivery of high-quality programs and services.
Whilst supporting the CEO in the implementation of SVdP NT's strategic plan, you will help implement new initiatives and drive associated change management. Representing the organisation at stakeholder meetings and government forums will be a part of this role. The Chief Operating Officer will foster positive relationships with conferences, members, supporting organisations, government bodies, and the community.
Throughout your endeavours, it is paramount to align all activities with the mission, vision, and policies of the St Vincent de Paul Society NT, while maintaining a strong working relationship with the CEO.
Specifically, key accountabilities include:
  • Provide day-to-day leadership for all areas including People and Culture, Social Services, Housing, Retail, Marketing and Fundraising, Work Health and Safety and Business Development.
  • Manage the administration of all government contracts, ensuring compliance with reporting and accountability requirements.
  • Work with the CEO on revenue streams, budgets, financial resources, and risk management.
  • Work with all senior Managers to contribute to workforce development, training, talent attraction, and engagement strategies.
  • Ensure best practice human resource policies, workplace health & safety, and effective communications.
  • Undertake the senior Work Health and Safety Officer role within the organisation.
  • In all duties, comply with the expectations set out in the SVdP NT Code of Conduct, and all our Policies and Procedures.
  • Strategic and high-level management oversight of the SVdP NT retail network, warehouses and logistics.
  • Management of all lease agreements.
  • Additional responsibilities as directed by the CEO at any given time.
  • Assist the CEO in maintaining strong working relationships with the SVdP NT Council and SVdP Housing NT Board.
  • Assist the CEO in implementing contemporary governance practices to fulfil corporate, regulatory, WHS, risk, and fiduciary accountabilities.
  • Keep the CEO informed on organisational position through comprehensive reporting.
The Person:
We are seeking a seasoned Executive Leader with a background in business management, commerce, accounting, or social services. With proven executive leadership experience and a deep understanding of corporate operations and governance, our ideal candidate will possess the expertise to navigate legal and regulatory requirements while fostering innovation and growth within the organisation.
The successful candidate will excel in change management and creative problem-solving, adept at resolving conflicts and managing diverse teams. A deep understanding of the Not-For-Profit sector and familiarity with Work, Health, and Safety Officer protocols are essential. Additionally, strong analytical skills and a knack for interpreting data will be crucial for implementing effective risk management strategies and driving business improvements.
A high-level of interpersonal, negotiation and relationship-building skills is essential to the success of this role.
If you're a dynamic leader with a passion for social impact and a track record of successfully managing complexity, please get in touch. Join us in our mission to enhance social services, build sustainable communities, and make a real difference in the world.
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For a strictly confidential discussion, please contact Lori Smith, Associate Director - Executive on 0477 703 668. Alternatively, submit your application (CV and cover letter) via the apply button.