Cellular Agriculture Australia

This brand new role offers a unique opportunity to join the leadership team of a respected not for profit, build relationships with, and bring together, leaders from this exciting and fast growing food tech sector and make a tangible contribution to Australia’s food system.

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Cellular Agriculture Australia is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to
enabling the impact potential of cellular agriculture in Australia.

We are in an exciting phase of our evolution. We are growing our core team,
implementing a new strategy that sets our course for 2023 and 2024 and are
gaining real traction through the relationships we have built and the initiatives we
have delivered in 2022.

We are really excited by this role, the opportunity it presents, and what it will do to
support the growth of CAA and our impact.

The context for this role:

Our new strategy was developed using a participatory approach and design thinking methodology. The strategy development process has been deliberately sector-led to ensure that we are best placed to enable the impact potential of the cellular agriculture sector in Australia.

Sector building is one of our strategic pillars and an enabler of the other pillars.
This exciting new role will be at the centre of this. In 2023, we are looking to deepen our relationships across and beyond Australia’s cellular agriculture sector. Central to sector building and the core of our approach is our ongoing role in bringing a diverse group of stakeholders together to work on common challenges and opportunities that ultimately advance the development of cellular agriculture in Australia.

Sector building and this role intersect with our other strategic pillars as follows:

  • Regulation: establishing an industry working group, and facilitating
    conversations around future changes to the Food Standards Code.
  • Talent: supporting academic-industry engagement linked to the
    development of future-fit talent and research.
  • Advocacy: supporting the development of sector-wide value propositions
    and a base of common language that is agreed on by the sector.
  • Accountability: working across the sector in Australia and internationally
    to understand the best way of approaching an sector-wide accountability
    mechanism.

Importantly, we are also looking to build our senior leadership team and bring in
fresh thinking and a new set of eyes and ears to the organisation.

What we are looking for:
  • Above all else, we are looking for culture fit. You want to be part of a small,
    nimble and highly-collaborative team that believes in the potential of
    cellular agriculture and are motivated to develop a more sustainable and
    accessible food system.
  • You have a proven track record in initiating and developing relationships
    with diverse stakeholder groups, ideally in a rapidly evolving technical
    sector or industry.
  • You thrive when facilitating groups to identify and achieve common
    challenges and opportunities, and are comfortable using participatory
    approaches and design thinking methodologies, for example.
  • You want a ‘seat at the table’ and to be part of designing and delivering on
    the future direction and impact of our organisation.
  • You strive to find new and better ways of solving problems and realising
    opportunities.
  • Whilst you’re focussed in your lane, you are also willing to roll your sleeves
    up and support the operational management of the organisation and its
    programs when needed.

 

We want to learn about your strengths and how they can align with and
contribute to where we are going. We recognise the power and importance of
diversity in our team and across the sector. As such, we recognise that formal
application processes don’t suit everyone, so please let us know if there is a better
way of getting to know you.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Understand and stay up to date with what information, support and
    services different stakeholder groups need within the cellular agriculture
    sector in Australia and work collaboratively across the team to assess
    CAA’s role and where appropriate, design and deliver solutions.
  • Initiate and develop unilateral and multilateral partnerships with
    stakeholders across the cellular agriculture sector in Australia to achieve
    common goals aligned with CAA’s strategy.
  • Identify relevant opportunities and coordinate policy and funding-related
    submissions on behalf of the sector.
  • Identify ongoing opportunities for, design and facilitate cross-sector
    meetings, workshops and working groups. Two such examples include:

    • Designing and managing an industry working group to inform
      potential changes to the Food Standards Code in Australia.
    • Designing and managing a working group between industry and
      academia linked to the development of future-fit graduates and
      research programs.

 

What we can offer:
  • A competitive remuneration package of $100,000 with access to full salary
    packaging arrangements (up to $15,900 + $2,650 Meal Entertainment
    benefits).
  • 4 weeks of annual leave along with additional paid leave over the
    Christmas shutdown period.
  • Parity of salaries across similar roles, including those in the Senior
    Leadership Team which we plan to increase over the next 12 months.
  • A high degree of transparency and inclusivity from the get-go.
  • A seat at the table as part of the Senior Leadership Team where you will be
    integral in shaping the future of our fundraising and business development
    strategy.
  • Part-time and highly flexible work conditions including remote work
    anywhere in Australia or where international time-zones permit. We are
    currently a completely remote team.
  • Exposure to all facets of the cellular agriculture sector in Australia.
  • The opportunity to shape your position description and career progression
    with us as our organisation and your role evolves.

 

The role is part-time at either 0.6 or 0.8FTE (equivalent to 3-4 working days).
Please note we are not in a position to sponsor visas.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and cover letter to careers@cellagaustralia.org and
include alongside your cover letter, a short answer to each of the following
questions (max ~200 words per question):

  1. How have you successfully approached and led/supported a
    sector/industry or group to achieve common goals
  2. How would you describe your facilitation style?
  3. What is a career highlight for you, and why is it so?
  4. What are the three most important characteristics of an organisation that
    you want to be a part of?

Applications without a cover letter or answers to the above questions will not be
considered.

Closing date: Friday 24th February 2023

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