Role Summary – Chief Executive Officer  

Summary

Rare opportunity for a dynamic leader to head a rapidly growing community gem, ensuring that no Jewish couple feels alone on their fertility journey.  

    • Use your strong strategic skills to deliver on ambitious objectives 
    • Play a pivotal role in breaking the stigma surrounding infertility 
    • Drive the next exciting phase of growth in a pioneering organisation

About the Australian Jewish Fertility Network (AJFN):

The Australian Jewish Fertility Network (AJFN) believes that no Australian Jewish couple should ever feel alone on their fertility journey. It is our belief that they deserve to have the support they need to try to build the next generation.

With 1 in 6 couples in Australia experiencing infertility, the AJFN is a beacon of hope, offering financial and emotional support, educational and advocacy services. We strive to create a world where open and honest conversations about infertility within the Jewish and broader community are encouraged.

The AJFN is at a critical point in its evolution, having proven significant impact and gaining momentum in recent years to take up a unique and special place in the hearts and minds of the Jewish community. With a skilled, committed and well-networked board and funding secured for the next chapter, the Board is keen to appoint a capable visionary full time CEO who will help write the next amazing chapter for the AJFN.  

About the role:

Reporting to the Board, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will strategically lead AJFN’s talented and growing team of three and 25 committed skilled volunteers to deliver its ambitious vision and strategic plan; to ultimately ensure that no couple ever feels alone on their fertility journey, to open the conversation and break the stigma surrounding infertility, and to provide the opportunity for Jewish couples to try to create more miracle babies. 

The CEO will be the public face of the AJFN: a highly effective communicator able to speak with integrity and credibility on fertility and infertility to the Jewish community and beyond.

An opportunity of a lifetime to lead a fast-growing organisation which is seen as a pioneer in the Australian Jewish and broader community; at the forefront of breaking the stigma around infertility, as well as providing life-changing financial grants and emotional support services. The AJFN has already assisted over 82 couples and helped create 37 miracle babies since its inception and will play a critical role going forward in supporting Australian Jewish continuity, especially with its  accelerated exponential growth as it gears up to expand nationally. 

The CEO role requires a dynamic, inspirational and experienced leader, who thrives in a fast-paced growth environment, and has strong people and management skills, to join an organisation which is embarking on its next exciting phase of major growth. The next stage will see the AJFN launch an impact campaign around its world-first documentary “One in Six” being screened on ABC Compass this year, as well as a curated information and educational resource on all aspects of fertility (another world-first; the AJFN Fertility Zone), plus the expansion of services into Melbourne and then the rest of Australia.

This role is full time, working flexibly and based in Sydney.

To be successful in this role, you will have proven leadership skills and be a proud and active part of the Jewish Community with the confidence to influence change and communicate effectively at all levels. 

    • Leadership – The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership capability, the ability to inspire confidence and engage team members, volunteers, and relevant stakeholder groups, including clients, donors, and community leaders and partners.
    • Management – AJFN has a growing team of three and 25 skilled and committed volunteers. The CEO must therefore have experience building a strong team culture, managing staff, external agencies and volunteers and leading a diverse workforce across multiple locations. 
    • Strategic thinking and initiative – AJFN is a fast-paced and dynamic organisation. The CEO needs to be able to independently make strategic judgement calls about week-to-week priorities, that balance short-term opportunities with ensuring delivery on the long-term strategic objectives of the organisation.
    • Relationship building – The CEO must be a ‘people person’, showing a track record of being able to effectively build relationships and strong networks across a diverse range of stakeholders at all levels, both within the Jewish Community as well as the wider community. The CEO must demonstrate the spirit and soul of the AJFN in all that they do.
    • Written and verbal communications – The CEO must be able to represent AJFN’s position confidently and articulately in the media and with various stakeholders. The CEO will need to be confident inspiring audiences of all sizes through public speaking and excel at other public-facing communication such as media interviews.
    • Persuasiveness – For AJFN to continue growing, achieving its objectives, and to remain financially viable, the CEO must be confident in making asks of donors and other stakeholders. You must have high emotional intelligence and empathy and be a skilled influencer.
    • Planning and organising – The successful candidate will be a skilled project manager, able to deliver work on time and within budget. You must have proven experience in planning and executing projects.

To apply:

You can find the full Position Description here. If you have any questions, please call Kerry Gonski (Chair of AJFN) on 0434 362 666 or email ceo@ajfn.org.au.

To apply, please email your application to ceo@ajfn.org.au. To be considered, your application must include:

1). CV that includes a link to your LinkedIn Profile and two recent and relevant referees, along with a cover letter addressing your interest and ability to represent the AJFN as our new full time CEO.

2). Your response to the following questions (maximum 300 words per question):

    • Why is ensuring that no Jewish Australian ever feels alone on their fertility journey meaningful to you?
    • Describe a time you took or were given leadership of a project, organisation, or initiative – what was the situation, what role did you play, what was the result?

3). A 60 second video (filmed on your phone/laptop is perfect) sharing who you are and why you’d be perfect for this role. We include this because it creates an opportunity for those who are more comfortable with communicating verbally

Applications close 5pm on Thursday, 14 April 2022.

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