First listed on: 28 April 2022

  • Executive leadership role of ambitious non-profit working on decarbonisation
  • Lead strategic development at a time of growth and expansion
  • Enjoy a family-friendly, dynamic culture with industry-leading organisation


The Organisation

Climateworks Centre, co-founded by The Myer Foundation and Monash University in 2009, has played a unique role in Australia’s, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific’s transition to a net-zero future. Operating within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) Climateworks bridges research and action and is a trusted advisor to powerful decision-makers across governments, business, and finance. Respected for its specialist analysis and engagement capabilities, Climateworks is seeking to drive system-level change in line with what is required to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees.

Climateworks convenes and facilitates relationships with influential decision-makers within an international network of organizations that supports effective policies, financing, and action for emissions reductions at scale. Climateworks provides tailored information and tools, to remove obstacles and help facilitate conditions that support the transition to a prosperous, net-zero emissions future.

Benefits and Culture

To achieve its mission Climateworks is scaling up – increasing its ambition and impact and so is growing its dynamic, committed team who celebrate each other’s contributions and enjoy a supportive work-life balance culture. Climateworks staff benefit from Monash University employee arrangements and an independent high calibre Board.

The Role

The head of strategy leads the development of the strategic goals, impact monitoring and evaluation, and modelling of decarbonisation trajectories at sectoral and national levels. Reporting to the CEO and sitting on the executive team, you will provide expert advice at both strategic and operational levels and represent Climateworks externally within specialist forums and with funders.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Leading the design, implementation, and review of Climateworks strategic goals
  • Ensuring Climateworks’ resources are being allocated to maximize impact and system change
  • Overseeing development and implementation of an impact/MEL framework
  • Providing synthesis reporting on impact, system monitoring, and learning
  • Leading, developing, and managing research, analysis, and modelling team to increase impact
  • Supporting fundraising and communications by highlighting impact and capabilities
  • Representing Climateworks in forums, with philanthropic funders, and partners
  • Collaborating with Monash researchers and educators to progress toward a low carbon economy

Skills Required

With a proven commitment to the fight against climate change or sustainability, you will be a climate strategist within a large program portfolio with management and senior leadership experience, but most importantly you can demonstrate your ability to make strategic decisions to shape a portfolio of programs to influence system change. You also have experience developing and operationalizing strategy and driving board-level strategic reviews, with success in empowering high ambition outcomes through collaboration with others.

Additionally you have:

  • Led on provision of technical/economic data analysis, and presented to decision-makers
  • Designed programs in multiple contexts for affecting change and delivering results
  • Expertise in implementation assessment and impact evaluation
  • An entrepreneurial spirit with proven ability to innovate and champion new ideas
  • Cross-sectoral collaboration experience
  • Demonstrated business and finance acumen as part of a leadership team
  • Track record of motivating and developing high-performing teams
  • High levels of judgment and initiative in designing and shaping major projects
  • Excellent Interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to negotiate and influence

If working towards a zero-carbon future is important to you and you can offer the skills and experience above, please apply by sending your resume and a cover letter responding to the skills and experience, quoting # 887511 or call Lois Freeke on 03 8080 8976.

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.



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