Position Vacant: Executive Officer, Hepatitis ACT

April 2018

Are you a dynamic leader with a track record in leading not-for-profit organisations? Do you have a passion for making a difference? Do you want to lead a committed team working to reduce hepatitis infection, increase treatment rates and reduce the impact of hepatitis for affected people?

Hepatitis ACT is looking for a highly motivated, skilled and dynamic leader to take on the role of Executive Officer for the ACT’s leading community organisation working to prevent hepatitis transmission and reduce the impact of hepatitis for people affected.

The Executive Officer is supported by a voluntary board of directors, and is responsible for:

• Empowering the Directors to set the organisation’s strategic direction;
• Leading the operations of the organisation, including leading the staff team, managing the financial performance of the organisation, leading policy and advocacy work, and ensuring it delivers quality programs;
• Nurturing and sustaining positive and collaborative relationships with communities, funders, partners and stakeholders;
• Working to ensure the effectiveness of the organisation and identifying future work that is innovative, collaborative and responsive to the challenges faced by our priority populations.

How to apply for this job:
Please provide your CV, along with a covering letter and statement that responds to the selection criteria outlined in the position description provided below.

Applications, marked confidential can be forwarded to executive@hepatitisact.com.au by
COB Thursday 26 April 2018

Further information
Please contact Rebecca Vassarotti, Interim Executive Officer on 0408668963


Hepatitis ACT is the ACT’s community hepatitis organisation. The organisation works to help prevent hepatitis transmission in our community and reduce the impacts for people affected. Hepatitis ACT is funded by ACT Health to deliver a comprehensive range of hepatitis related information, education, training, advocacy, policy, preventative and referral services.

The Executive Officer is responsible for the operational leadership of the organisation and for implementing the strategic plan on the organisation. Working under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Officer:

• Supports the Board of Directors to undertake their role of providing strategic direction for the organisation;
• Leads the operations of the organisation, ensuring compliance of legal and contractual obligations;
• Leads the staff team as they undertake information and awareness activities, health promotion and education activities, operation of a secondary NSP;
• Undertakes representation and stakeholder engagement work, and leads the communication; and
• Leads the policy development and advocacy work for the organisation.

The Executive Officer will be supervised by the Chair of the Board of Directors. The Executive Officer has supervisory responsibility for all other staff employed by the organisation.

1. Operational Leadership of the organisation
• Support the Board of Directors to develop a strategic plan that is well informed and positions the organisation to continue their work in community;
• Lead the implementation of the strategic plan, including developing programs, activities and financial plans that operationalise the strategic plan;
• Develop, manage and report on the operational budget in line with the financial parameters set by the Board of Directors, including ensuring that the organisation meets its financial reporting requirements (including an annual external audit); and
• Ensure compliance and reporting requirements are met in line with legal and contractual obligations, including compliance with the Incorporated Associations Act (ACT), ACNC requirements, tax requirements, contractual obligations, industrial, tax and work health and safety obligations

2. Staff Leadership and supervision
• Lead the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers;
• Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are conducted, and that sound human resource practices are in place in keeping with a Learning Organisation model;
• Lead the staff team, ensuring that individual staff members have the support and resources to fulfil their role and that a positive team culture is created and nurtured.

3. Communication, stakeholder relationships and organisational representation
• Develop and maintain a strong working relationship with the Board;
• Develop strong positive and cooperative relationships with funding bodies, partner organisations, the Australian network of Hepatitis organisations and other stakeholders;
• Lead the organisation’s media and communication engagement, including engaging with media as the organisation’s spokesperson where appropriate, maintaining a social media presence and ensuring an up-to-date website is maintained;
• Oversee the development of evidence-based and accessible organisational publications and documents; and
• Represent the organisation at events, forums and other engagements.

4. Program development and service delivery
• Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field of viral hepatitis and ensure that these are reflected in the work of the organisation;
• Ensure that the organisation’s service delivery and programs progress the mission and goals of the organisation and are consistent with National and Territory Strategies regarding blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs); and
• Work to support the access to effective information, education, health promotion and access to treatment for affected communities and priority populations.


1. High level leadership, strategic planning and management skills with experience in leading not-for-profit organisations in a dynamic and challenging environment.

2. Demonstrated experience in operational management of not-for-profit organisations, including experience in:
• supporting voluntary boards, and paid and unpaid staff;
• developing budgets and managing finances;
• managing risk and promoting quality improvement; and
• ensuring compliance of legal and contractual obligations.

3. Commitment to the vision and values of the organisation; and the drive, energy and ability to identify opportunities to further the work of the organisation in a manner that is innovative, collaborative and responsive to the challenges faced by our priority populations.

4. Exceptional interpersonal and relationship management skills, including demonstrated abilities to:
• cultivate and support staff and board to meet their potential;
• nurture professional relationships with funders, political decision makers, partner organisations, media and stakeholders;
• communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences, including our priority populations.

5. A deep understanding of the issues facing people impacted by or at risk of viral hepatitis; a demonstrated knowledge of the evidence base around effective prevention, harm reduction and treatment options; and an ability to develop effective health promotion, communication and education products to impart this knowledge.

Post graduate qualifications – and/or significant work experience – in management, public policy, public health or a related field is essential. Knowledge of or background in the BBV/STI and/or alcohol and other drug sectors would be an advantage.

A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the Board, this includes access to salary packaging due to the organisation’s status as a Health Promotion Charity.