Synod Operations Manager

Interesting and diverse operational and advisory assignment, Manage a small, committed multi-disciplinary team, Supportive, flexible, and friendly environment.

About us

The Northern Synod covers the Northern Territory, the Kimberley region of Western Australia and the APY lands of South Australia. A part of The Uniting Church in Australia, we are the Council of the Church responsible for the oversight, direction and administration of the Churchs worship, witness and service in this vast region.

We are a diverse and inclusive organisation, exercising pastoral, administrative and discipline responsibilities in relation to the presbyteries within our bounds to promote and encourages the mission of the church.

The Uniting Church has long taken a role in the political arena, encouraging moral, social and ethical integrity. We have been at the forefront of Aboriginal rights issues including the Native Title debate and reconciliation and taken a strong stand on environmental issues supporting the equality and dignity of marginalised people. It is a multicultural church, striving to treat people on an equal basis, and seeking to give a voice to the poor, outcast and needy.

About the Role

Reporting to the General Secretary, our CEO equivalent, this newly created position of Synod Operations Manager is an interim assignment and will play a key operational and advisory role in the Synod. Requiring a high degree of financial and business acumen, this role is responsible for the management of all aspects of finance and accounting, as well as oversighting our day- to-day property, payroll, human resources, administration, and insurance.

The role will manage a small team responsible for Finance, Payroll, Administration and Property, and will be a member of the Synods Property Trust as the Synod Property Officer. The role will also act as the 2-I-C to the General Secretary in their absence and/or as their delegated representative. Some travel will be required around the Synod on a regular basis.

The main responsibilities of the role include the day-to-day management of a small professional team, actively contributing to a safe, supportive and inclusive environment; financial management and reporting; oversight of the payroll, HR, administration, IT and insurance functions; management of facilities and property matters; and to implement a continuous business improvement program including new operational policies and guidelines.

We envisage the role being required for an initial 6-month period, with the potential to extend to 12 months and/or to become permanent.

About You

You will have tertiary qualifications in finance, business or a related field coupled with significant general business management experience including working part of an organisations senior leadership team. You will be comfortable working in a complex environment with prior experience managing a multi-disciplinary team. In addition, it would be considered advantageous to hold professional accounting qualifications and membership (CPA or CA). Previous experience in property or asset management, working for a faith based or not-or-profit organisation and working with Indigenous people would be highly regarded.

Demonstrated financial acumen, including strong budgeting and cash flow management skills are essential as are highly developed verbal and written communication skills. You will be a flexible thinker, able to solve problems and present solutions to those you advise, and most critical of all, be able to work respectfully and effectively with people from other cultures and viewpoints. A current NT drivers licence will be required.

Remuneration and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary package. Generous leave entitlements and a supportive and friendly team environment are just part of what makes the Northern Synod a great place to work.

Interested in Applying 

If you would like to be considered for this unique opportunity you can apply by clicking on the link below. We ask that you attach a copy of your current CV, as well as a detailed cover letter outlining how your experience and qualifications meet our requirements as outlined above.

Applications close 5pm Friday 7 May 2021, however applications will be reviewed and assessed as received.  Whilst we appreciate your interest, only candidates we are looking to progress to interview will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to creating an organisation that reflects the communities we serve and to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates our diversity. If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in the selection process, please indicate this in your application. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional lands of the Larrakia Nation people, and pay our respects to all Elders past, present and future generations.

26/04/2021 $0 Darwin 1 CEO & General Management
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