NGO Recruitment’s Fundraising Salary Snapshot 2021

Chief Operating Officer

Organisation Name Plan International Australia (PIA)
Location Melbourne
Date Posted 2021-07-02
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 741576
  • Create justice for vulnerable children and equality for girls
  • Transformational role, reporting to CEO as part of the executive leadership team
  • $50m annual revenue, part of an international network


The Organisation

Plan International Australia (PIA) strive for a just world for all children and equality for girls.   A world where all children can live happy and healthy lives and where girls have equal opportunities. This is the world you will be helping to create.

Operating for more than 80 years, PIA tackles the root causes of poverty, supports communities through crisis, campaigns for gender equality, and helps governments do what’s right for children and particularly for girls. They are informed by evidence and are always learning.

As Plan International Australia embarks on a significant transformational program, you will be a key player in this newly created structure, enabling change to deliver a next generation social impact organisation.

The Role

Reporting to the CEO, with a whole of organisation remit your focus will be on lifting business performance and capability.  You will play a critical role in driving a performance culture across PIA’s operational teams in alignment to organisational goals whilst providing strategic oversight.

Specifically you will
  • Operationalise PIA’s strategy for growth and sustainability
  • Offer proactive strategic counsel informed by contemporary evidence based analysis
  • Manage a multi-disciplinary team, coaching staff to drive performance and accountability
  • Promote a cross agency working culture with an adaptive and entrepreneurial emphasis.


Together with your colleagues across the organisation, you will ensure the adoption of safeguarding policies and feminist leadership principles, ensuring whole of organisational alignment with the mission and values of the organisation. Crucially you will lead by example through the development of networked, collaborative, organisational approaches to work.

Skills Required

You are currently operating at a senior level in a similar operational role in a complex program led organisation, championing sustainable financial practices and models, you have been integral in supporting organisational growth and managing a wide range of projects.  

Specifically you will be able to demonstrate:
  • Achievement of operational goals through a transformational change process
  • Well developed communication, engagement and leadership skills
  • Strong business and financial acumen ideally gained within NFP or other for purpose enterprises
  • Influencing skills across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • An ability to lead and nurture a team whilst navigating change.

If you want to use your passion for social justice and commercial flare to help create justice for vulnerable children and equality for girls then please apply by submitting your cover letter responding to the skills required above and resume

Plan International Australia is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an inclusive workplace culture that embraces and celebrates diversity.  We welcome applications from all sectors of the community because we believe diverse opinions and experiences will enrich our team and best represent our beneficiaries and partners across the globe.  

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.