Reef Trust Partnership Coordinator via NRM Jobs

Great Barrier Reef Foundation


The Great Barrier Reef Foundation

 The Great Barrier Reef is a unique icon and an irreplaceable ecosystem. It’s the largest living thing on earth and home to thousands of species of marine life, including six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle.

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is the lead charity for the Reef, driving the immediate change needed for the Reef to survive for future generations. Right now, we have over 60 Reef-saving projects with over 65 project delivery partners. We are the action station for the Reef, bringing together people and science to deliver the world’s largest coral reefs program.


Reporting to the Executive Director of Projects & Partnerships, the role will work as part of the Reef Trust Partnership team, leading on the reporting and coordination of the partnership across its component areas; ensuring cross-cutting opportunities are identified and ignited; and supporting RTP Directors in program development and planning. This is an ideal role for an early to mid-career professional to grow into and shape as their own.

The Reef Trust Partnership is a landmark investment of $443m provided by the Australian Government to the Foundation across five key component areas water quality, reef restoration and adaptation, community- and Traditional Owner- led Reef Protection, crown of thorns starfish control and integrated monitoring and reporting. This position provides a unique opportunity to coordinate, integrate and communicate the activities and outcomes of the world’s largest reef protection program.

The ideal candidate will have a background in marine or environmental science, strong scientific literacy, outstanding communication skills, excellent administrative capability and a demonstrated track record in building and maintaining effective partnerships.

We are seeking an individual who loves a challenge, enjoys helping others to be great, thrives in a high-performing team environment and truly understands the value that effective coordination and integration delivers.

This position plays a key role in shaping the future of coral reefs.

This full-time Brisbane or Townsville based position is offered as a maximum term contract to 30 June 2024.

Remuneration will be negotiated with the successful candidate commensurate with skills and experience but $115,000 to $135,000 plus superannuation can be used as a guide.



  • Coordinate planning and reporting (including monitoring and evaluation) of the Reef Trust Partnership project portfolio across all five RTP component areas. This includes the high level tracking of progress across the Portfolio and the early identification of potential issues and risks.
  • Manage cross-cutting activities of the RTP including innovation and integration (both between RTP components, within the broader GBRF portfolio and with external programs)
  • Support processes for collaborative scoping, design and implementation of projects and frameworks, including planning and facilitation of workshops, meetings and mechanisms for two-way information exchange between GBRF and partners
  • Provide strategic support to the Partnership Management Committee

Partnership and communication

  • Develop and maintain a strategic network to enhance GBRF’s visibility, strengthen partnerships, identify strategic scaling and leveraging opportunities and support sustainable project outcomes.
  • Write high-quality reports and briefing papers for a wide range of audiences often involving the synthesis of diverse information across multiple disciplines including ecology/ marine science, social science, innovative financing and indigenous heritage.
  • Work closely with key end-users including reef managers and policy-makers to ensure project outcomes are translated and adopted
  • Present to diverse audiences on the outcomes and activities of the RTP including the general public, donors and investors, the broader research and conservation community and media (when required).
  • Work collaboratively with the fundraising, marketing and communication teams to ensure that the outcomes of projects are effectively and accurately communicated to our stakeholders and to leverage funding opportunities across the GBRF project portfolio.

Program management

  • Provide support to Program Directors as required, particularly in peak reporting and planning periods.
  • Management of a small project portfolio may be required from time to time.


For your application to be considered for this role you are required to address the selection criteria below in your application.


  • A degree in a technical discipline such as science, engineering or conservation management; a postgraduate qualification is desirable but not essential;
  • At least 8 years’ experience applying domain expertise to practical impact-driven implementation (e.g. through government, NGO, foundation or corporate sector)
  • Very high level demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with experts and non-experts both orally and in writing and translate outcomes into policy and practice.Strong writing and presentation skills will be a major determinant of success in this role.
  • Demonstrated experience in the coordination and/or implementation of multi-stakeholder impact-driven research and conservation programs
  • A strong track record in building and maintaining effective partnerships
  • A track record of working effectively in a high performing team
  • A passion for being highly organised with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced and complex environment with rapidly changing responsibilities


  • Experience designing, measuring, evaluating and reporting on the impact of projects and programs and drawing on the lessons learned
  • Track record in complex project management
  • A network or relationships with key players in the Reef domain across science, government and delivery partners such as NRMs. 

How to apply:

To be considered for this role you MUST respond to each of the essential selection criteria (outlined above) in your application.

Please email your application which should include your CV, cover letter and responses to the selection criteria to Emily Shaw, People and Culture Director [email protected]

Applications close at midnight on 15 August, 2020.





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