• Permanent, part-time leadership role in NFP (0.4 FTE)
  • Lead finance and corporate services functions
  • Make a positive and tangible contribution to the community
  • Generous salary including packaging options

The Organisation:

Penington Institute is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation connecting lived experience and research to improve community safety in relation to drugs including pharmaceuticals and alcohol.

Our vision is that communities are safe, healthy and empowered to manage substance use.

We focus on promoting effective strategies, frontline workforce education and public awareness activities, making individuals and families safer and healthier.

The Opportunity:

Reporting directly to the CEO, and a key member of the internal Leadership Team, the General Manager Corporate Services plays a critical role in assisting the Penington Institute achieve its strategic objectives.

You will have responsibility for all Corporate Service functions (finance, compliance, risk management, HR, IT and office administration), undertake duties associated with being the Company Secretary, and be part of a positive, energetic and dedicated team (12 staff in total) who are passionate about Penington Institute’s mission to actively support the adoption of approaches to substance use which promote safety and human dignity.

Based at Penington Institute’s heritage offices in Carlton, the role offers flexibility for hybrid work and a great work environment.

The Person:

You are likely to be an experienced finance professional who has also had experience managing other corporate services functions such as risk and compliance, HR and IT.

You may be at a stage in your career where you are looking to step back a little but still wish to be professionally active or somebody who requires a smaller role in order to meet carer responsibilities. You have a desire to give back to society by undertaking impactful, cause based work. You enjoy being hands-on across the breadth of finance but also like to contribute in other areas of an organisation where you can add value.

You understand and are committed to the values of, and benefits delivered by, the not-for-profit sector.

The Role:

The General Manager Corporate Services plays a broad and critical role in the successful operation of Penington Institute. While the primary focus is on finance, the incumbent is also responsible for the effective and efficient operation of a number of other functional areas including compliance, risk management, HR and IT.

As a small organisation, a hands-on approach and a willingness to chip in and get things done are essential requirements.


A competitive salary package will be offered to the successful candidate commensurate with experience (full salary packaging benefits are available).

Download a copy of the Position Description.

To apply, please submit your application to Michelle Pavlou, m.pavlou@penington.org.au.

Please ensure your application includes a cover letter that addresses the key selection criteria as well as a current CV.

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact John Ryan, CEO, on +61 3 9650 0699.

There is no closing date for applications – however, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.