Job Opportunities

General Manager Kids Thrive

  • Melbourne based, South Melbourne arts and café precinct location
  • Managing a small team
  • Full-time

Kids Thrive is Victoria’s leading arts and community development organisation committed to child-led community change.

Our vision is for all children to thrive and be empowered to lead creative community change. To achieve this, we develop and deliver arts-based programs to nourish connections between children and their local communities, develop children’s leadership skills, build their resilience and grow their capacity to drive positive change.

We deliver our programs in safe, supportive, child-focused community settings throughout Victoria.

The role

We are seeking to appoint a leading administrator, with strong business management experience, and an entrepreneurial mindset, to fulfil the responsibilities of the newly created role of General Manager.

You will have a strong understanding of a range of cross-sectoral landscapes that Kids Thrive operates in. These may include senior-level experience in the arts, education, health and community development, within enterprise and not-for-profit sectors.

Reporting to the Creative Directors, the General Manager assumes an advocacy role for Kids Thrive, promoting our arts-based ‘child-led community change’ programs within the broader community, with major stakeholders including government and philanthropic sector, and within the arts, education, early years’ development, health, and community welfare sectors.

Experiences required

Your skills and experience will be required in the following areas:

  • Operational management
  • Staff and stakeholder management
  • Financial management
  • Business development and fundraising
  • Governance and reporting
  • Marketing activities

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate a commitment to working within Kids Thrive values: enacting strong ethics and commitment, partnered with flexibility and creativity – whilst being accountable for achieving business objectives and results.

The success you have achieved in similar roles will be reflected in your personal integrity, professional standards, and experience working within and growing organisations comparable to Kids Thrive.

Tertiary qualifications and professional experience in Business/ Commerce or a related field will be highly regarded.

Candidates may also bring post-graduate qualifications appropriate to the skills and experiences sought including; Arts Management, Accounting, Education, Community Development or related areas.

Your capacity to foster happy, focused teams, equally committed to a values-based, social outcomes-driven enterprise, will define your success in this position.

How to apply:

Your application should include a Cover Letter and Resume.


Confidential phone inquiries may also be made to Nandini Bose, Kids Thrive Office Manager on 03 8256 9689.

A full Position Description will be made available to candidates who progress to the interview stage of the process.

Applications must be received by 5.30pm Thursday 13 July 2017. 

Please, no recruitment agencies.

Applicants must be eligible to live and work in Australia.

Kids Thrive takes the safety of children very seriously and requires all employees to hold a current Working with Children Check card and be willing to undergo regular police checks.