May 2023

Head of Networks & Insights

  • Lead a growing team to design and incubate new models of social infrastructure needed in Australia for communities and collaborations to change their systems.
  • Work with communities, organisations and collaborations across the country to create networks for connection, insight, learning and collective action on issues central to creating a more equitable and inclusive society.
  • $150k plus super (pro rata), 0.8 FTE – 1yr fixed term contract (view to extension)
  • Work from anywhere in Australia, flexible working arrangements, some travel

We are hiring key new senior leadership roles in our team.

We are seeking creative, strategic and values-aligned leaders to come and work with us on Collaboration for Impact’s next horizon.

About Collaboration for Impact

For over ten years Collaboration for Impact (CFI) has been working towards a vision for an equitable and inclusive society where people, place and planet thrive.

Our underpinning belief is that for society to be more equitable, then how we create our future society need to be equitable. This means we focus on making the rules, mindsets and practices for how we create social change more equitable, collaborative and systemic.

We are a non-government organisation working in partnership with communities and other networks across the country to:

  • Partner with collaborations seeking to transform systems to strengthen, learn and demonstrate what is possible.
  • Catalyse and support platforms for connection, learning and collective action across community to wider system interventions.
  • Influence and help organisations networks and organisations learn to work systemically on issues of national importance.

The opportunity

This role will lead the Networks & Insights team within CFI responsible for working in partnership with communities, funders and other collaborators to co-design, incubate, and scale initiatives that serve to strengthen the place-based and systems change fields in Australia including:

  • The Systems Exchange (a hub for communities and systems change initiatives to exchange insights, networks, resources and strengthen collective influence, connecting across communities and from local to national scale change).
  • National infrastructure for place-based change (working with partners to design and establish the National Centre for Place-based Collaboration and in doing so, strengthen the existing ecosystem for place-based change to be more equitable, systemic and inclusive);
  • ChangeFest (a national backbone role supporting the growing national movement for place-based change, through learning, influencing and an annual convening with a local host community) , and
  • Collaboration for Impact’s (CFI) Learning Framework to enable strategic learning, insight generation and practice development.

Together these will be designed and activated to create opportunities for greater connectivity, knowledge building and insight generation across communities and systems change initiatives.

Your Key Accountabilities will include:

  • Developing and leading CFI’s strategy to identify opportunities and funding sources and new revenue streams for the incubation and scaling of social infrastructure for the systems change field.
  • Lead the design, establishment and implementation of the CFI priority initiatives.
  • Design, adapt and lead the Systems Exchange digital platform and manage the online content generation.
  • Lead the strategic direction and management of CFIs learning and training offerings to ensure high quality, sustainable and the where relevant, scalable, products for the place-based and systems change fields.
  • Lead the implementation of CFIs Learning Framework to generate insights.

To be successful in this role you will be: 

  • Experienced in community-led place based change and / or systems-based change field, internationally or in Australia.
  • Experienced in managing and overseeing a multi-disciplinary team to design, incubate and scale innovation/s.
  • Experienced in leading a growing team or in a start-up initiative.
  • An exceptional track record of building trusted relationships with community leaders, senior public servants and other social change leaders at all levels.
  • 5+ years in design or management of workforce development and/or network-based learning initiatives.
  • Ability to manage and motivate people to work collaboratively in complex environments.

Whilst we ideally need a deeply experienced practitioner, thought leader and communicator for this “Lead” role, if you have the majority of the skills and relevant experience that we’ve outlined and you are on a trajectory of learning in the systems change field, we’d still like to hear from you.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!

How to apply

Read the full position description here.

Please submit your application to with the Subject Heading: Role Title  – [your name] and include:

  • Apply early as CFI will be proactively screening and possibly making early offers.
  • Please provide a 1 – 2 page cover letter introducing yourself, your interest in the role and
  • experience in relation to each of the accountabilities for the role.
  • A current resume;
  • A link to your LinkedIn profile (if applicable).

If you have specific questions about applying for this role please contact Carrie Skinner

  • Applications close 9am 5 June 2023.

About Working with Us

CFI values diversity and encourages applications from candidates of all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, people of all ages, and people who identify as LGBTQIA+. We welcome the skills, experiences and perspectives of all people to ensure our workforce is representative of the communities we work with and live in.

We acknowledge the resilience, knowledge, wisdom and teachings of the oldest living culture on our planet and pay our respect to all First Nations Elders past, present and emerging. In all our work and relationships, we believe in and strengthen deep collaboration between First Nations and other Australians.

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