NGO Recruitment’s NFP Hiring insights and salary snapshot 2022

Executive Director - People and Culture

Organisation Name Canteen
Location Sydney
Date Posted 2023-03-16
Job Type Full-Time
Job Number 1034107
  • Join the executive team to support young people facing the challenges of cancer
  • Develop, shape and champion a best practice people and culture strategy
  • Suits candidates with executive level HR experience


The Organisation

For almost 40 years Canteen has been at the forefront of supporting young people (12-25 years) who are cancer patients as well as young people dealing with the diagnosis of a parent or sibling with cancer.

Canteen’s purpose is to be in the corner of every young person impacted by cancer. This has driven the organisation to develop and implement a wide range of innovative interventions, including psychosocial and peer support programs, a world-leading hospital-based specialist, youth-specific treatment and support initiative, cutting-edge clinical trials and the recently launched Cancer Hub.

Canteen works by having young people at the centre of everything they do. Initially established by a group of young cancer patients in 1985, the organisation continues to truly understand how cancer is different in a young person’s world through their leading-edge research into the emotional and social impacts of cancer.

Canteen is in an exciting growth phase underpinned by an ambitious 5-year strategic plan with significant focus on promoting a culture of cross organisational collaboration and responding to the desire for flexible work practices, whilst building a dynamic & high performing culture.

Benefits & Culture
  • A highly regarded national organisation and brand
  • Be an integral part of the executive team
  • Inner West location with some WFH flexibility
  • Tax-effective salary packaging and generous leave entitlements
  • Professional development opportunities

The Role

You will provide strategic advice to the CEO and executive team to move the organisation forward on critical aspects of people & culture and ensure that Canteen’s workforce and volunteers have the appropriate culture, capability and organisational design to meet the organisation’s strategic objectives.

With a focus on diversity, innovation, flexibility, and high performance you’ll lead a people and culture team to deliver on strategy. As part of the executive leadership team, you’ll contribute to overall strategic planning and implementation, change management, risk management and sustainability.

Specifically, you will:
  • Develop a best practice people and culture plan with clear KPIs which takes account of the post-COVID work environment
  • Establish people and culture priorities and provide regular reporting to the CEO and board
  • Review and strengthen compliance processes in alignment with employment law, legislation, quality standards and service requirements

Skills Required

You are a true HR generalist who brings a modern view of people and culture and thrives on developing and implementing solutions that deliver outstanding outcomes for employees and organisations. With proven ability to translate strategy into action as well as manage the detail of day-to-day operations, you’re skilled in engaging others in your vision.

Your background may be from not for profit or from a corporate role which was broadly defined.  Additionally, you have a track record in:
  • Leading best practice HR initiatives and projects
  • Building strong engagement
  • Ensuring high quality compliance processes
  • Reporting at executive and board level
  • Managing people to maximise effectiveness and well-being

If you are a passionate people and culture leader with a desire to positively impact young people facing the challenges of cancer, please click apply to submit your resume and cover letter responding to the skills required section of the advertisement above, or speak with Hayley Martin on 02 8243 0570 for further information.

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.

NGO Recruitment values equitable recruitment practices and is committed to representing candidates reflective of the diverse organisations and communities we work with. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds, ages, and identities, and are happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs. If you are interested in this position and have most of the skills or experience we are looking for, please go ahead and apply.

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