Director, Systemic Change & Partnerships

May 20, 2021

– Inspirational Leader – develop and drive strategy
– Located in CBD, domestic and international travel (COVID dependent)
– Full-time, Permanent role, SCHADS 7

The Organisation
IWDA works in partnership with gender equality focused organisations in Asia and the Pacific; with international women’s movements and coalitions, and with government and academic institutions in Australia to address the practical and structural barriers to gender equality.

The Role
Reporting to the CEO, the Director, Systemic Change and Partnerships is an integral member of IWDA’s leadership team. The Director will drive, strengthen and amplify IWDA’s collaboration and systemic change work in support of the realisation of women’s rights and gender equality through full integration of international and national policy and advocacy initiatives, global and local research, programming, and partnerships.

The Candidate
You will have:

  • Proven success leading development programs, coalition and/or movement building work (or equivalent, comparable work) towards gender equality and women’s rights
  • Demonstrated influence and networks in global south women’s rights movements, NGO sector, academia and/or government
  • Expertise in gender and development partnership approaches
  • Demonstrated inspirational and inclusive leadership success, particularly in relation to leading policy and program teams
  • Stakeholder relationship management skills and partnering skills to work across IWDA departments and with partners, stakeholders, associates and suppliers in a collaborative and progressive way.
  • Demonstrated success building diverse organisational funding streams and financial sustainability
  • Advanced skills in budget development, forecasting and analysis
  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications (or equivalent experience) in International Development, Gender Studies or related field


  • Understanding and support of women of colour and First Nation women’s journey to reach gender equality
  • Ability to represent the brand values of IWDA, with peer leaders and the CEO (example at public forums, conferences etc.)
  • Ability to influence and advocate for positive change upwardly and with staff to progress gender equality, diversity and inclusion within IWDA and in IWDA work in the Asia Pacific.

The Offer
Offered as a Permanent, full-time position, the annual salary is a SCHADS 7

How To Apply
If you have exceptional skills in the above areas and are looking for a new challenge, please apply via the Johnson Recruitment website.

International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) has an EO exemption (H298/2018) and requests applications from people who identify as women only.

IWDA welcomes people with different skills and life experiences, and encourages women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women with disabilities and First Nations women to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in, or strong community ties to, one of the countries in which IWDA supports partners.

Any offer of employment will require a National Police Check and endorsement of IWDA’s Child Protection Code of Conduct. All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Australia.