Position Description

Coalition for Conservation - Executive Director

Location: Sydney  

Key Priorities and Outcomes

This is an outstanding opportunity for an exceptional person to grow a high potential organisation from a strong base into a high impact, well respected national advocacy group. Working with a highly engaged and committed board, key priorities for the role will be:

  1. Movement building and membership growth. Building our numbers of members and well-connected advocates within the Coalition in order to engage our community and contribute to pro-environmental policy change at state and federal levels.
  2. Advocacy and external representation. Working with the board to build the organisation’s profile and influence within all levels of Government, including participating in policy development processes within the Liberal and National parties.
  3. Media and communications. Turn C4C into a high profile and sought-after media commentator on issues related to climate change and environmental science, impacts and solutions. You will also produce the organisation’s communications products including a regular newsletter, social media content and thought leadership papers.
  4. Partnership and relationship development. Initiating and maintaining relationships with relevant stakeholders in business & industry, academics and philanthropists.
  5. Organisational strategy and management. Managing the organisation competently, leading the development of our strategic plan, raising and allocating resources efficiently in line with this plan, and ensuring the organisation complies with all relevant laws and regulations.
  6. Fundraising. You will work with the board to grow the financial sustainability of the organisation by securing funds and sponsorship. 

Key Competencies

  1. Political Nous. With the primary objective of C4C being to achieve bipartisan support for pro-climate and environmental policies, the ED must have a strong understanding of the political landscape in Australia and ideally bring relationships with state and federal Liberal and National party members.
  2. Initiative and independent judgement. Ability to work with a high degree of autonomy and accountability; self-motivated and can demonstrate initiative. As the only staff member (initially), you’ll have to be comfortable with a broad range of duties: some days you’ll be meeting politicians at Parliament House, other days you’ll be preparing for an event by photocopying reports and setting up chairs.
  3. Strategic thinking. The ability to understand power relationships, design effective strategies to create change, and work collaboratively with the board to create and implement the organisation’s first strategic plan. You’ll need to be able to identify and take advantage of strategic opportunities as they arise, while laying the groundwork for the longer-term objectives of the organisation.
  4. Leadership. As the ED of a volunteer driven organisation, you must be able to inspire and support volunteers in an inclusive, positive and high-performance culture.
  5. Communication skills, both written and verbal. The ability to clearly and persuasively represent the organisation and communicate a message through public speaking and the media, and the ability to write in a clear and compelling way: from newsletters to members to fundraising proposals and board papers.
  6. Relationship building and stakeholder engagement skills. A high level of emotional intelligence, empathy and influencing skills. The ability to build and maintain relationships and collaborate with a wide range of people and organisations.
  7. Organisational management. As the only staff-member the ED must be competent in all elements of running and governing a not for profit including financial management and compliance with regulatory and legal requirements. The ED will act as the organisation’s Company Secretary/ Public Officer.
  8. Results Orientation. The successful candidate will be energised by a challenge, setting new and stretching goals for themselves and their team to achieve beyond what is expected. You will have demonstrated an ability to establish clear goals and to deliver against these, creating real impact in the world.
  9. Technical proficiency. The ability to work and collaborate using online tools such as Zoom, Google drive, Asana and Slack in addition to Microsoft Office.
  10. A commitment to action on climate change and environmental issues is critical.

Application Process

Candidates should submit by email:

  • A cover letter of no more than 3 pages addressing the 6 priorities and 10 core competencies outlined in this position description, as a PDF.
  • A link to an up-to-date LinkedIn profile (or curriculum vitae)
  • Two referees who can be contacted by the selection committee.
  • In a separate PDF document, a response to the task outlined below. Do not write your name, since these tasks will be blind marked by our selection committee.


Imagine you are C4C’s Executive Director. You are organising a C4C delegation to attend the United Nations climate negotiations in Glasgow in November 2021. The delegation includes C4C board members, ambassadors, and Coalition Members of Parliament. While there, the C4C team will also attend an event called “Conservative Climate Leadership” that brings together conservative state and national legislators from around the world to discuss centre-right approaches to climate solutions. Please complete the following tasks:


  1. Write a letter to a potential major donor asking them to contribute $40,000 towards the costs of sending C4C’s delegation to Glasgow (1 page)
  2. Write an email to C4C’s database asking supporters to chip in towards a crowd-funder to pay for a videographer to accompany the delegation and make a short film about the trip (1 page)
  3. Write the text for a C4C LinkedIn post on the day the delegation leaves Australia to travel to Glasgow and suggest the type of image you would use.

 For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Cristina Talacko, Chair of the board on president@coalitionforconservation.com.au.

We will accept applications on a rolling basis with an intention to make an offer in July, so please apply as soon as possible. Our strong preference is for a full time staff member, however a 4/day a week role will be considered for the right candidate

Cristina Talacko


Food entrepreneur, liberal, corporate legal background, passionate about the environment, SMEs, trade, women empowerment, mental health, Brazil and Australia.