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Chief Financial Officer

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Work type: Permanent
Location: Australia Wide, VIC - Metro
Categories: Finance

Why World Vision...

World Vision is a global community of millions, working together for one purpose: to change the lives of vulnerable children.

Our supporters, partners and staff join forces with communities on the ground to help children achieve good health, access education for life, experience the love of God and their neighbours and are cared for, protected and participating. Together we share proven, world-class development methods to bring food, water, education and economic change.

Our organisational culture reflects a "Partnership" of World Vision offices in nearly 100 countries and almost 37,000 staff working towards one vision: Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.  World Vision has profound global impact reaching one person every 10 secs with clean water, and every 60 secs a family gets access to tools and support they need to get out of poverty.

In Australia, World Vision is an iconic brand and market leader in a sector that is renewing itself for the 21st century. Brand metrics are improving, staff engagement growing, donor satisfaction and delight is improving, and public advocacy has been significant and powerful in bringing change.  The organisation is also undergoing significant digital renewal exploring and drawing upon a range of digital tools to refresh donor direct experiences of the powerful transformation work of World Vision. 


The Opportunity to lead a team of Changemakers…

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for World Vision Australia (WVA) leads a team of passionate professionals and in collaboration with other members of the Executive Team enables WVA’s achievement of strategy through:

  • Overseeing the overall financial health of the organisation and is a champion for good financial literacy, management and governance.
  • Strategic financial insight to enable growth in WVA’s impact and access to resources for our mission.

This role works in close cooperation with the CEO and members of WVA’s leadership team to set appropriate goals, to create plans and opportunities for the maximum benefit of the organisation, as well as providing oversight and risk management of the allocation of funding overseas and grant financial management. 

The key accountabilities for this role are:

  • Contribute strategically and operationally to enterprise-wide leadership as member of the WVA Leadership Team and influence into the World Vision Partnership.
  • Strategic financial leadership - including the leadership of strategic investment at WVA, strategic financial input provided to the long-term growth & retention strategy, leadership of organisation business planning and leading business improvement capability to support efficient, cost effective operations.  The leader will set a vision and execute need finance functional performance both within in Australia and is a key influencing role in the global partnership.
  • Fiscal leadership – including the submission of annual plan on time and to standard, application of financial management policies, processes, and systems comply with statutory and accounting standards requirements and financial management systems meet reporting and business needs on a timely basis.
  • Corporate services leadership – specifically legal services and risk management services including WVA’s internal audit plan approved by Board and senior leadership.
  • People Leadership – through investing and growing team capability including developing talent and succession plans, ensuring individual and team behaviour reflects organisation values and culture and through driving high levels of team engagement to enable and underpin performance.
  • Christian leadership – through inspiring and motivating others to engage with our Christian identity which powers our mission.  Through personal commitment, reflection, sharing how that Christian identity shapes you and prayer.


This role is a permanent role operating in a full-time capacity and will be based at our head office in Burwood East, Victoria. Although we are open to the role being based in other locations provided an appropriate travel commitment is made to support the team innovation the ground in Melbourne.


Who we are looking for…

The successful Leader will possess the following qualifications, knowledge and experience:

  • Tertiary qualification in Finance, Accounting or similar;
  • Australian certified accountant (CPA or CA);
  • Best practice accounting in Australia and internationally (accounting standards);
  • Knowledge of Christian principles demonstrated through a personal expression of Christian faith;
  • Strategic financial leadership in a large organisation at senior management and/or board level;
  • Experience coordinating multi-functional operations and balancing competing demands for funds and other resources;
  • Strategic organisational-wide transformational leadership within a medium to large business;
  • Leading and managing teams to achieve both high performance and high engagement across functions that include: finance, legal, audit, risk, procurement and business planning;
  • Leading business functions within an organisation to achieve strong customer satisfaction;
  • Experience leading significant process and or systems transformations in the finance or corporate services space.


Why you should apply…

A career with World Vision is an opportunity to join a sector-leading humanitarian aid organisation and is a God-given calling. We believe that every staff member has been brought to World Vision for God’s purposes. Whether working from home, in an office, or with children and community members, we celebrate and embrace each staff member’s diverse background and talents – knowing that together, we can make a difference.

Aside from the opportunity for broad and life-changing impact in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable, some of our other benefits include:

  • Access to professional development programs that include on-the-job learning, e-learning, workshops, forums, leadership development and internal mobility.
  • Policies that may accommodate flexible working and other working arrangements to tailor and encourage individual performance.
  • An opportunity to shape an already market leading organisation to achieve even greater impact.
  • A highly engaged team culture that is dynamic, growing in agility and pace, and committed to serve beyond the call of duty.
  • A culture that encourages truth telling with grace that confronts challenges and issues to clear teams for success in a timely fashion.
  • Access to salary packaging tax advantages.




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World Vision Australia is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation that is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and communities by tackling the causes of poverty. We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people in line with our Reconciliation Action Plan

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