NGO Recruitment’s NFP Hiring insights and salary snapshot 2022

Early Learning 'Think & Do' Tank Lead

Organisation Name The Front Project
Location Melbourne
Date Posted 2022-09-21
Job Type Permanent / Full Time
Job Number 971031
  • Innovation focused social enterprise achieving better outcomes for children
  • Pioneering systems change role within Early Childhood Sector
  • Career role; suited to candidates from NGO's, Education or Government


The Organisation
The Front Project (TFP) is an independent national intermediary whose vision is to address children’s experiences of inequity, vulnerability, and intergenerational disadvantage, delivering both immediate and lifetime impacts. TFP works collaboratively across the early learning sector, connecting with people who work in and on the system and have the potential to effect change and remove barriers that disadvantage children and families, improving early education access, experiences and outcomes for children and families across Australia.

TFP believes that the early childhood education system is the key to addressing disadvantage and give all children the opportunity to thrive and building a smarter and more successful Australia.
Benefits & Culture
  • Progressive leadership, contemporary systems change working model
  • The Think +Do Tank is a ‘first of its kind’ initiative in the early learning system
  • Values driven and sector respected team
  • Progressive values-based culture
  • Hybrid WFH model / shared office environment in the CBD
  • Professional development supported
The Role
Reporting to and working closely with the founding CEO Jane Hunt at the Front Project you will contribute to changes in the policy landscape at all levels of government advancing policy that reflects the benefits of ECEC through education, workforce participation and equity.
Leading a systems change working model you will support the sector's ability to transform and influence outcomes for children and families by building capacity and equipping individuals to innovate and collaborate, facilitate evidence to action and scale initiatives.
In this role you will:
  • Establish and implement the Early Learning Think +Do Tank and manage all functions
  • Lead a diverse team of professionals who work to produce research, facilitate collective sector leadership, translate evidence to policy, incubate new ideas, influence Government; evaluate progress and iterate
  • Inspire the Think + Do Tank team, ensuring the delivery of high quality, impactful outcomes
  • Launch a Leadership Table, to provide advice and guidance on the strategy for the Think +Do Tank.
Skills Required
You have significant leadership experience at an executive level, including engagement and interaction at Board level combined with a proven ability to design, create, and operationalise strategic plans, including new initiatives. You can demonstrate:
  • Leading and motivating teams and stakeholders to create innovation and change
  • A working understanding of collective impact methodologies addressing complex social issues
  • An understanding of systems thinking, innovative design processes and scaling for influence
  • Outstanding communication skills to frame and translate evidence and policy into clear and compelling narratives.
If you are naturally curious in your thinking and approach and want to disrupt the forces in the system that constrain change to address children’s experiences of inequity, then apply now by sending your resume and cover letter addressing the skills required (previous work examples can also be provided). Alternatively, please call Anna Skeels on 03 8080 8978 for a further discussion.

Please note there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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