International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) - Head of Sydney Campaigns Office

Department - Asia Pacific Region - Sydney Campaigns Office
Reports to - Regional Secretary - Asia Pacific (AP)
Direct reports(if any)Sydney Campaigns Office Staff

About the role

The Head of Sydney Campaigns Office will be responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to the Sydney Campaigns Office to ensure the effective delivery of ITF campaigns in the Asia Pacific Region.

Reporting to the Regional Secretary – Asia Pacific, the successful candidate will:

  • Be responsible for the recruitment, development and performance of staff working in the Sydney Campaigns Office in consultation with the Regional Secretary - AP.
  • Provide oversight and reporting to the Regional Secretary - AP of financial management and evaluations of work carried out by the Sydney Campaigns Office.
  • Direct and oversee the allocation of budgeted resources to ensure objectives can be delivered.
  • Undertake any additional duties as designated by the General Secretary.

To find out more about the ITF and what we do please visit our website at itfglobal.org.

About you

The mission and values of the ITF are of utmost importance and as such, the successful candidate for this role must hold high ethical standards, displaying diligence and integrity when representing the organisation.

We are looking for a flexible and creative individual with strong commitment to social justice and trade union values. You must have proven experience of developing, implementing and leading strategic campaigns.

High-level verbal and written communication skills, including a collaborative approach to working with others and a high level of discretion, diplomacy, and judgment in a complex and sensitive environment will be vital. Experience of negotiating and mediating in a trade union context is essential.

The Head of Sydney Campaigns Office is expected to undertake regular international travel and must be able to work flexibly including during out of office hours. 

Salary and Benefits

This role offers a competitive salary, international travel and other benefits.

Job Description
To develop and advance transport union power across the Asia Pacific Region through:

 Providing strategic direction and leadership to the Sydney Campaigns Office to ensure the effective delivery of campaigns in the Asia Pacific Region.
 Taking overall responsibility for the recruitment, development and performance of staff working in the Sydney Campaigns Office in consultation with the Regional Secretary - AP.
 Providing oversight and reporting to the Regional Secretary - AP of financial management and evaluations of work carried out by the Sydney Campaigns Office.
 Directing and overseeing the allocation of budgeted resources to ensure objectives can be delivered.
 Undertaking any additional duties as designated by the General Secretary

Main Responsibilities
The Head of Sydney Campaigns Office will report to the Regional Secretary - AP and will carry out:
Strategic Planning and Project Governance This includes:

 Providing strategic leadership on all Sydney Campaigns Office priority campaigns, including developing and implementing successful strategic campaign plans, formulating innovative and effective strategies to drive the field, and allocating and coordinating resources.
 Working closely with the Regional Secretary - AP, to build the collective ITF organising and campaigning capacity by developing consistent metrics, standards, structures and tracking systems for measuring progress and evaluating overall campaign success.
 Working collaboratively with Maritime Coordinator and Director of Global Campaigns to create clear plans and goals for each campaign and develop a set of shared values & the sense of teamwork that will inspire an atmosphere of shared accountability and delivery.
 Leading an ongoing process to review and enhance the ITF and Sydney Campaigns Office’s tactics and techniques that will generate best practices and staff development as well as innovative approaches to campaign work.
 Identifying strategic research and develop future campaign plans for the region in line with section work plans for consideration by the relevant section
 Undertaking an assessment and providing strategic advice and recommendations to Regional Secretary - AP on Regional Campaigns around campaign plans developed by the ITF Sydney Campaigns Office or other sections, regions and departments
 Advising and making recommendations to the Regional Secretary - AP around campaign resource allocation and budgets based on an analysis of opportunity and campaign capacity.
 Making written and verbal briefings and presentations to ITF Leadership, including the ITF Executive Board, about the progress of the Sydney Campaigns Office priority campaigns.

Stakeholder Engagement and Building Networks
This includes:
 Identifying and developing new opportunities for networking and building strategic alliances with partner organisations and allies
 Developing relationships and coordinating work with other ITF sections, regions and departments and affiliates to assist ITF to carry out its strategic campaign priorities.
 Identifying and developing partnerships with affiliated unions, global union federations, national trade union centres and program partners to ensure effective campaign capacity building.

Implementation and Communication
This includes:
 Developing, sharing and implementing a regional strategy for the ITF priority programmes and communicate effectively internally ensuring both the team and broader organisation are both aware and aligned to its core objectives and its successes.
 Developing and requesting appropriate research plans to support activity, collaborating with the ITF Research Department.
 Monitoring progress and adapting plans as necessary to ensure deliverables are achieved.
 Providing feedback regularly via monthly reports, seeking alignment and management approval at key points where necessary to meet project timings.
 Working with the ITF Communications Department in developing and implementing a communication strategy for ongoing campaigns

Partnership and People Management
This includes:
 Managing all aspects of the employment of Sydney Campaigns Office staff and consultants including the hiring process, training, work assignments, performance evaluations and disciplinary action.
 Supervising, leading and evaluating staff, including developing individual work plans with staff and overseeing their implementation and evaluation; assigns staff to campaigns
 Providing accurate reports to the Regional Secretary - AP about the performance of individual Sydney Campaigns Office staff
 Creating and supporting a culture of organising throughout the Sydney Campaigns Office
 Developing and enforcing work and campaign standards, best practices and policies that ensure quality and successful organising and campaigning across the ITF
 Identifying and facilitating opportunities for staff in Asia Pacific Sub Regional offices other sections, regions and departments or affiliates for skill development by undertaking secondments to the ITF Sydney Campaigns Office or the London office.

Education level, qualifications or equivalent
Graduate level or equivalent
Relevant Masters degree; or equivalent qualification or experience
Knowledge, experience and technical skills
Significant experience of effective leadership at a senior management level, including developing and leading on the successful implementation of key organizational strategies within a national trade union or in a social movements context
Demonstrable high level of authoritative understanding of global political and environmental issues that impact on transport workers, particularly global campaigning in support
Proven experience in developing, implementing and leading strategic organising campaigns and experience using social and digital organising tools
Experience of motivating and managing people, demonstrating an appropriate balance between empowerment, being supportive and assertiveness to drive a high achievement culture
Experience of achieving successful organizational change and management of significant complex projects within agreed budgets
A strong member/customer-focused approach to service delivery.
Excellent communication skills – including fluency in English, and strong presenting, advocacy, debating and report writing skills
Ability to use Microsoft Office packages, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, internet and diary software to an intermediate level
International trade union experience
Proven experience of working with NGOs
Experience in policy work
Personal attributes/skills
Ability to think strategically, interpret and analyse complex issues from both qualitative and quantitative data with speed and accuracy, and communicate them effectively and credibly to different audiences
Highly skilled at building effective working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders both inside and outside the organisation
Fluency in a second language
Ability to work effectively in a political environment, building effective relationships with affiliates and demonstrating political awareness
Exceptional attention to detail and ability to work simultaneously on multiple priorities
Able to motivate staff, set clear expectations around performance, identify clear measures for progress, and tackle poor performance promptly
Ability to exercise initiative, discretion, and judgement
Sound financial management and risk management skills
Sound research skills and proven experience in analysing strategic research to support campaigns
Able to challenge constructively, influence stakeholders and drive change
Ability to work under pressure and work effectively in a crisis
Ability to plan and lead projects following tight deadlines
Ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team
High ethical standards, methodical and diligent, whilst keeping in mind the values and objectives of the organisation
Proactively identifies opportunities and problems. Contributes ideas for solutions; and works to understand how to create positive change
Ability to maintain resilience and a positive outlook
Respects and values equality and diversity and has an understanding of how to support this in operational activity
Commitment to social justice and trade union values
Practical requirements e.g. hours, requirement to travel
Ability to undertake international travel, as required
Ability to work flexibly, including working out of office hours, as required.

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter through to recruitment@itf.org.uk. The application deadline is 13th May 2019, with interviews due to take place on week commencing 27th May, 2019 in Singapore.

ITF operates as an equal opportunities employer and we welcome all applications regardless of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or beliefs, disability, age, political opinions or trade union membership.

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Closing Date

Monday, May 13, 2019

Closing Time

05:00 PM

Contact Name

Kym Ralley

Contact Email

Contact Phone

0423 308 227

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