POSITION: Social Enterprise Manager, Melbourne (VIC)

Danny Chifley, 12th July 2021
SYN is a media organisation run by a community of young people that provides broadcasting and training opportunities for young Australians. SYN seek a Social Enterprise Manager passionate about social impact through business strategy.

The Social Enterprise Manager oversees and drives the strategy and operations of both of SYN’s enterprise projects, SYN Media Learning and SYN Production Services. Alongside being the direct report for our SYN Media Learning Coordinator and casual Educational Programs Trainers & Producers.

SYN Media Learning is SYN’s primary Social Enterprise and has been providing media skills and experiences to young Australians for over 14 years across radio, television, and digital media platforms. SYN Production Services is an enterprise which employs young people as producers, editors, and hosts in audio production, procuring work from government, corporates and NFP’s.

As revenue drivers for SYN, these activities form an important part of SYN’s sustainability, and provide a high quality and unique service that schools, and community groups could not access anywhere else. All our programs seek to be exemplars of community and peer-to-peer based learning and training where students and young people develop skills in media creation, digital literacy, and personal expression. SYN Production Services has been growing steadily, and we are at the stage to really focus on business modelling and re-launching this arm to a wider market. Increasing employment opportunities overall for young producers.

You are passionate about empowering the voices of young people from diverse backgrounds and find fulfillment in driving business strategy to achieve social impact. You are a clear communicator with the ability to manage important relationships with customers. You are a strategic thinker, like asking questions, are motivated by targets and love looking at problems in new ways.

SYN are interested in candidates that have space to grow and develop in the role. We encourage applicants to apply who may not fit all the Selection Criteria but are passionate about social impact through business strategy. If you are unsure if your skills and experience are applicable, please contact SYN’s General Manager, Evrim Şen, at gm@syn.org.au.

To apply, please download the Position Description below and provide the following information:

  • A maximum one-page cover letter, detailing why you are interested in the position.
  • A maximum two-page CV;
  • Written responses to a minimum the first six bolded key selection criteria, describing your relevant skills and experience, with no more than 200 words for each answer.

SYN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People with disabilities, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for this position.

Email all applications in a single PDF document to SYN’s General Manager, Evrim Şen, at gm@syn.org.au, with the subject line “Social Enterprise Manager Application July 2021”.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday the 25 July 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.


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