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Are you SYNs next General Manager? 

Applications close at 11.59pm AEDT on 11 November 2022.

We’re looking for an outstanding General Manager who’s ready to lead SYN into our next chapter. With an ambitious vision and goals for the future of SYN already in place, you will be ready to take on the challenge, with a clear sense of where we’re going and the capability and determination to take us in this new direction.  

SYN is a media organisation run by a community of young people. We provide platforms and opportunities for young Australians to broadcast their views on issues and ideas that matter to them. Our aspiration is to empower young people through media making. We inform and empower young people by providing facilities, mentorship, support, and training that allows them to gain access to various broadcasting opportunities and practical industry experience in all facets of the media, as detailed in the organisation’s 2022-2023 Strategic Plan. SYN’s staff support and develop the strength of our volunteer base who are the creators and owners of all content across our various platforms. All volunteers are under the age of 26. 

Reporting to the SYN Board, the General Manager is responsible for leading both the strategic and day to day operational requirements of SYN. With our current 22-23 Strategic Plan in place, the GM is responsible for implementing the plan in partnership with the Board, staff and volunteers (with the opportunity to develop and implement a new strategic plan beyond 2023). 

The General Manager is responsible for the effective leadership and support of our staff and volunteers, developing strong relationships with external stakeholders, effective financial management and sustainability and ensuring SYN is a supportive and inclusive environment for people of all ages, skills, abilities and cultural backgrounds. 

You will have a healthy appetite for risk, an interest in generating new revenue streams (including fundraising), and outstanding leadership and stakeholder management skills. You are thorough and intuitive and take a creative approach to problem solving, are great with people and have an ability to bring out the best in others. You are passionate about youth participation and the potential for young people to reach an audience through media making. 

In return, the role will provide you with the opportunity to; 

  • Learn skills that you can take to any leadership role for the rest of your career 
  • Meet people and network across multiple sectors, Education, Youth Advocacy, Media and Community 
  • Expand your understanding of, and experience with organisational strategy and vision 
  • Empower a passionate team that deeply understand their membership base 
  • Innovate, challenge and change – no two days will be the same and everyday you’ll learn something new 

To be successful in this role, you will have the following skills and experience: 

  • Strategic Leadership: experience providing vision and leadership, defining and delivering a strategic vision and executing the vision through effective leadership and bringing people on a journey  
  • Relationships and Stakeholder Management: experience effectively communicating with internal and external people, including key organisational partners 
  • Problem Solving: the ability to think creatively and laterally when considering options and determining solutions that take into consider the bigger picture  
  • Operations: experience managing organisational procedures and records, culture, workplace safety, office space and equipment 
  • Finance: experience in managing and reporting organisational finances, and revenue generation through social enterprise 
  • Human Resources: experience recruiting, managing and reviewing performance of staff and volunteers 
  • An understanding of, and experience within the community broadcasting sector, the broader youth, media or arts sectors; and/or not for profit sector 

Desirable  

  • Experience developing and implementing fundraising initiatives  
  • Experience working with volunteers, especially young volunteers 
  • A working knowledge and understanding of broadcast regulation and the changing nature of the media in Australia 
  • Experience reporting to a not-for-profit board 

This is most likely a developmental role for someone passionate about working with and empowering young people through media making, with the successful applicant well supported in their transition into the role both through a generous handover period with the current GM, additional mentoring and support from the Board. 

Please ensure you view the Position Description here, prior to applying. 

Click here to submit your application via our online form. All applications must include the completed application form with your cover letter and resume attached. 

If you have any questions about the position, please send them to Erin O’Donoghue, Chair, People and Culture Committee at [email protected] 

Applications close at 11.59pm AEDT on 11 November 2022. 


You can become a part of our community as a volunteer by signing up for SYN Induction.