Cellular Agriculture Australia

Who we are:

Cellular agriculture is an emerging multidisciplinary research field dedicated to producing animal products (e.g. meat, eggs, dairy, leather) by farming animal cells, not living animals. Cellular agriculture has the potential to provide a sustainable supply of food and biomaterials to our growing population whilst reducing the impact of climate change, improving human health, and eliminating animal suffering.

Cellular Agriculture Australia (CAA) is the chief advocacy group for cellular agriculture in Australia, working to build this exciting new academic discipline and fast growing private industry in Australia. Our mission is to promote and accelerate research and innovation across the cellular agriculture sector in Australia.

We believe in using rigorous science and innovative technology to future-proof our food systems. Our values are focused on environmental sustainability, improving human health, and strengthening Australia’s economy. We also acknowledge that the sector cannot thrive unless it is diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

As a young nonprofit founded in mid-2020, we are looking for a General Manager who will lead the organisation through our next phase of transformational growth, from a primarily volunteer-run organisation to a fast growing and highly impactful research organisation.

Who we’re looking for:

As the General Manager, you’ll work closely with the Board of Directors and Operations Manager to set the overall strategy for the organisation. In collaboration with the Operations Manager, you will be responsible for managing month-to-month operations to deliver the strategic objectives.

You are first and foremost a people person. A big part of your role will involve building collaborative partnerships with academic institutions and commercial industry representatives to accelerate the field of cellular agriculture in Australia.

You’ll build meaningful relationships with mission-driven researchers who want to use STEM for good – and you’ll help them do so by providing connections, resources, and supporting them to raise funding for cellular agriculture research. You are experienced in communicating science to non-technical stakeholders; particularly with investors, academic researchers, industry leaders and students.

In this role, you’ll build an in-depth understanding of the current state of the cellular agriculture industry and the foundational research required to advance the field.

The position reports directly to the Board of Directors and works in close collaboration with the Operations Manager. The role is part-time (equivalent to 3 working days) and is fully remote.

What you’ll be doing:

1. Leading delivery of the organisation’s strategic and fundraising agenda

As General Manager, you’ll work closely with the Board of Directors to lead CAA in achieving its core objectives.

  • Strategic program management, in partnership with the Board and Operations Manager, to deliver the organisation’s core objectives
  • Identification, outreach and relationship building with philanthropic investors and other funding partners to scale the organisation’s financial capacity

2. Building and commercialising the organisation’s collaborative partnerships (academic, commercial, government)

You’ll be responsible for collaborating with and influencing external partners to further CAA’s core objectives and accelerate the field in Australia.

  • Outreach with academia (faculty, principal investigators, post-doctoral researchers, student researchers), industry leaders and government to identify and develop cellular agriculture research collaborations
  • Lead and develop the Seed Grant Funding program, a new initiative designed to support postgraduate research students to apply their skills to the field
  • Support academics with external research grant applications
  • Promote CAA’s mission and research goals to a broader audience through speaking opportunities at conferences and universities

3. Provide thought leadership on cellular agriculture in Australia

As a go-to knowledge broker and subject matter expert in the field, you’ll coordinate the communications team to build the profile of cellular agriculture (e.g. via our newsletter, social media channels, media interviews etc.).

  • Build the organisation’s profile to improve access to funding, talent and strategic relationships
  • Represent CAA by speaking with the media and appearing on podcasts and at relevant events
  • Co-author and edit op-eds, press releases, and popular science articles in collaboration with the Science Communication team

If you have most of the following, we want to hear from you!

  • A life mission to solve some of our world’s most pressing challenges through scientific innovation
  • Graduate-level education (PhD preferred) in a STEM field
  • Leadership experience and a passion and interest in organisational strategy
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills, especially related to science communications, grant writing and fundraising
  • A good understanding of cellular agriculture science (including the principles of tissue engineering, precision fermentation, and basic food science)
  • Exceptional stakeholder engagement skills, including the ability to communicate with staff and external partners at all levels of seniority
  • Proactive approach to solving the inevitable roadblocks and uncertainties faced by an early stage organisation

To apply, send your CV and 1 page cover letter to admin@cellagaustralia.org

Candidates without a cover letter will not be considered.

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