Careers

A career with CIS provides an opportunity to be at the forefront of discussion and innovation in the public policy debate. The libertarian philosophy that guides our mission allows for scholars and individuals to flourish in a stimulating environment and make a difference to the public conversation on a large number of issues.


 

Fundraising and Membership Manager

The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) is a not-for-profit independent research organisation. Our mission is to promote free choice, individual liberty, responsibility, cultural freedom and the open exchange of ideas.

CIS is an independent organisation; we do not accept government funding or undertake commissioned research. Our funding comes from individual members and donors, corporate members and charitable foundations.

We are looking for a driven and motivated membership manager and fundraiser to join our small team at an exciting stage of business regeneration as we look to increase income raised to support our activities. This is a full-time role.

Reporting to the Executive Director and working with the Director of Development, your primary objective will be to run both our membership department and fundraising campaigns while cultivating relationships with current and prospective donors and foundations. This role will require someone with proven membership management experience and a passion for working within the non-profit sector. Someone who preferably has extensive experience with the use of Salesforce and a track record of running successful End of Financial Year and Christmas Campaigns.

Responsibilities;

  • Excite people about CIS’s mission and grow membership while help develop CIS’s fundraising goals and strategy.
  • Lead, manage and mentor the membership assistant.
  • Oversee all fundraising campaigns in addition to all membership engagement activities.
  • Research and identify potential foundations, individuals and corporate partners and convert opportunities to create beneficial partnerships.
  • Tailor prospectus and reporting documents to sell and communicate our message, achievements and deliverables.
  • Manage donor impact reporting requirements for the foundations who support us.
  • Manage internal stakeholder relationships; working closely with our leadership team, extensive board, operations team and researchers to achieve our goals and strategy.

Requirements;

  • Proven membership experience and a passion for working within the not-for-profit sector. (Preferably a background in membership management or client development).
  • Proven experience in developing, implementing and reviewing fundraising campaigns.
  • Extensive experience using Salesforce CRM (Lightning or Classic) as well as Microsoft Office365, and a strong knowledge of Excel.
  • Demonstrable analytical and reporting skills.
  • Knowledge of fundraising best practices, principles, legislation and ethical standards.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organisation and our stakeholders.
  • Exceptional negotiation, influencing and networking skills to leverage relationships.
  • Flexible attitude and willingness to be part of a small organisation.
  • Self-starter who is able to work autonomously.

What we offer;

  • Competitive salary and flexible working conditions.
  • Work with leading scholars and respected researchers in their fields or expertise.
  • The opportunity to be part of a team that is making a difference by producing valuable research that is shaping public policy.

It is expected you will be willing to work in a CBD office location at least 4 days per week. Our core hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30 am and 5.30 pm although arrangements are flexible. Some evening, weekend and public holiday work will be required.

Applications close Friday 27 June at 5 pm. To be eligible to be for this role, you must have the right to work in Australia. Please note that applicants who do not send the requested information will not be considered.

Please forward your cover letter explaining why you would like to work for CIS and a CV to; Jane Black, General Manager, email: generalmanager@cis.org.au

 


AV Technician/Producer

The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) is seeking an experienced AV Technician. This casual position would suit an enthusiastic, organised, technical expert who can work flexible hours. The candidate would ideally have strong knowledge of all aspects of a live event studio and production. We welcome applications from freelancers and appreciate that you may not be able to commit to all events.

The Event AV Technician/Producer will be responsible for the technical production of events on the day. This includes setting up and operating (with assistance) audio, lighting, filming and live streaming of our events. The majority of our events are held in-house at our office on Macquarie St, Sydney.

The successful candidate must have experience in setting up and running audio visual equipment, including mixers, vision switchers, lighting and wireless audio. You will be able to troubleshoot technical issues quickly and effectively while in a live event environment.

Candidates must have:

  • Proven experience in delivering successful audio, lighting and filming for live events.
  • Experience using livestreaming tools to YouTube and Facebook (Wirecast preferred).
  • Proven knowledge of a wide range of audio, vision and lighting equipment, as well as its maintenance, cabling and operation. (PreSonus, Sennheiser and Blackmagic preferred).
  • A professional attitude and ability to work with discretion, our events are corporate in nature.
  • Flexibility in working hours and ability to commit to events.
  • Photography or post-production skills desirable. (Cannon/PremierePro preferred).

Event calls are generally a minimum of 4 -5 hours, work is sporadic (2-5 events per month) and entails working at different times of the day. CIS holds a range of events from breakfasts to lunches and evening events.

This is a great opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating environment where ideas that change Australian public policy are developed.


Event Producer – Consilium 2022

The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) is looking for an experienced Event Producer. The candidate would ideally have strong project management skills and experience in delivering high level, corporate conferences.

This role, based in Sydney, will involve planning and delivering all operational and logistical elements of our flagship conference, ensuring the smooth delivery of the event, which will be held in the Hunter Valley in late October 2022.

To succeed, you will have extensive experience in planning, managing and delivering events for a high-profile organisation.

This role would be ideal for someone looking for a short-term contract (August– November 2022). In this position, you will report to the Event Director, and you will be assisted by the Conference Officer in the lead-up and through the conference.

The contract is for 32 hours (4 days) and will run from August 1 through November 30.

Responsibilities:

  • Sourcing, negotiating and developing relations with all event suppliers. Maximising value while conforming to strict budgets.
  • Introduction of partnerships and covering of new avenues to maximise and drive income.
  • Development of new processes with regard to Consilium to oversee program development and speaker acquisition management.
  • Planning, managing and organising all logistical parts of flagship events, including AV, staging, theming, transportation etc.
  • Developing, managing and driving production schedules with the CIS team ensuring activities are kept to deadlines.
  • Managing all aspects of onsite event logistics, including bump-in, production and bump-out of flagship events.
  • Development and implementation of consistent marketing materials, wording, branding, and look, across all aspects of the flagship event.

You will bring:

  • Proven experience in delivering successful events with 5+ years experience in a corporate events environment.
  • Strong communication skills – both written and verbal, with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organisation, stakeholders and conference delegates.
  • High analytical skills with great attention to detail for problem-solving, organising, time planning and budgets.
  • Be able to increase the number of hours as outlined above and be able to travel to and attend the conference in the Hunter Valley in October 2022.
  • Knowledge of MS office applications, including strong knowledge of excel. Experience with Salesforce would be beneficial, yet not essential.

The hourly rate for the position will be between $50-$65 per hour(excluding superannuation), depending on experience.

The position will be based in our office in Macquarie St, Sydney and is a great opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating environment where ideas that change Australian public policy are developed.

Applications close July 27th 2022. Please ensure you send a cover letter and CV to the Event Director at consilium@cis.org.au


Event Assistant – Consilium 2022

The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motived person to assist the Conference Producer in delivering CIS’s flagship conference, Consilium.

This role, based in Sydney, will involve assisting the Conference Producer in planning and delivering the operational and logistical elements of our flagship conference, ensuring the smooth delivery of the event, which will be held in the Hunter Valley in late October 2022.

To be successful, you would be able to demonstrate outstanding organisational and attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential, as is the ability to work confidently with a wide range of people within the CIS, in business, government and the general community. You will have solid administrative experience, strong computer skills and be a team player.

This role would be ideal for someone looking for a short-term contract (August– November 2022). In this position, you will report to the Conference Producer.

The contract is for 32 hours (4 days) and will run from August 1 through November 30.

Responsibilities:

  • You will work under the direction of the Conference Producer to run the logistical aspects of Consilium:
  • Source, negotiate and develop relations with all event suppliers
  • Maximise value while conforming to strict budgets
  • Introduction of partnerships and offering new avenues to maximise and drive income
  • Develop new processes concerning Consilium to oversee program development and speaker acquisition management
  • Plan, manage and organise all logistical parts of Consilium, including AV, staging, theming, transportation etc.
  • Manage all aspects of onsite event logistics, including bump-in, production and bump-out of flagship events
  • Develop and implement consistent marketing materials, wording, branding, and look across all aspects of flagship events.

You will bring:

  • Previous event assistant experience, 1+ years
  • Strong communication skills – both written and verbal, with the ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organisation, stakeholders and conference delegates
  • Increase the number of hours outlined above and travel to and attend the conference in the Hunter Valley in October 2022.
  • Knowledge of MS office applications, including strong knowledge of excel. Experience with Salesforce would be beneficial, yet not essential.

The hourly rate for the position will be $35-$45 (excluding superannuation)per hour, depending on experience.

The position will be based in our office in Macquarie St, Sydney and is a great opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating environment where ideas that change Australian public policy are developed.

Applications close July 27th 2022. Please ensure you send a cover letter and CV to the Event Director at consilium@cis.org.au