Appointment of National Director, Amnesty International Australia

Ref: 4140

Amnesty International

Sydney (other cities may be considered)

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Role Managed by:

Petra Awad

Senior Research Associate

t: +61 (0) 2 8354 4001


Primary Practice Group: Global Non-Profit Practice

Salary & Benefits: Inquire Within

Closing Date: 07/07/2019

Formal Interview Date: w/c 12 Aug TBC

Amnesty International Australia

National Director

The courage to expose and speak out about human rights abuses has become more important than ever, with leaders around the globe pushing agendas based on a narrative of blame, hate and fear.

Amnesty International, with its seven million passionate and committed grassroots supporters, is campaigning to eradicate these violations. We could be doing more in Australia to be a world leader on human rights but due to our failures on Indigenous and refugee rights and new draconian laws we have a long way to go. We are putting the spotlight on governments, corporations and other powerful actors and demanding they address human rights violations that target people in poverty. At the same time, we continue to oppose torture, the death penalty and political and identity-based persecution.

The Board of Amnesty International Australia (AIA) seeks applications for the next National Director, who will be a leader in progressing this work, strengthening AIA’s position in the international human rights movement, developing partnerships outside AIA, and building stronger links with its multitude of internal stakeholders.

To address the challenges in a complex global environment, we need organisational impact and effectiveness, new approaches to campaigning through rapidly shifting communications technologies and the ability to manage development and change. The National Director is the operational leader of AIA and will need to enact strategies that enhance and maintain AIA's human resource management, activist and volunteer engagement, and organisational health and culture so that we are united in action against human rights violations.

The next National Director will require an exceptional range of skills and experience. Above all, this person must demonstrate a deep commitment to challenging human rights abuse in all forms and the authority, credible experience, management skills and insight to lead AIA. S/he will be both an inspiring political strategist and have the acumen to lead a complex organisation undergoing significant change to its governance and structure.

To apply, please upload an up-to-date curriculum vitae (including comprehensive details of key achievements and responsibilities) along with a covering letter of application summarising motivation in applying and addressing the role description, key competencies, and person specification at, quoting reference 4140

Candidate brochure is forthcoming and will be appended to this website.

For further information and initial enquiries please contact Petra Awad at

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 7th July 2019 at midnight AEST.

We are committed to equal opportunities in all areas of our work, community and partner relationships. We want people to achieve their full potential, which will positively impact on our work and the communities in which we operate. At AI Australia, our values empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment. We are a movement of people from all walks of life around the world. We intend to actively contribute to building a more diverse and inclusive team.