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Executive Opportunity: Director of Corporate Services - ​National Disability Services (NDS)

​National Disability Services (NDS)
Director of Corporate Services

  • Join one of Australia’s leading Peak Bodies and help make substantive positive change for Australians living with disability.

  • Pivotal senior role that will oversee core functions and enable the organisation to be future-ready.

  • High performing, respected collegial team.

National Disability Services (NDS) is Australia's peak body for non-government disability service organisations, representing over 1100 service providers and their workforce of over 100,000 people who collectively provide support services for nearly 500,000 people with disability.

NDS has a strong and influential presence in every state and territory across Australia. Our core functions are to advocate to government for sector-wide changes and improvements, to inform our members about issues that impact them, and to provide resources and services that assist them to deliver sustainable high quality support services for people with disability.

NDS employees have the passion to make a difference, are driven to deliver the highest quality support and services to our members, and thrive in an environment of positive change and continuous improvement. To find out more about NDS, please visit our website.

About the Role

  • Sydney or Melbourne preferred but other locations considered

  • Full-time, 38 hours, hybrid working

The Director of Corporate Services provides strategic commercial and operational leadership of corporate services to NDS.

The main focus of this role will be overseeing financial, commercial, human resources, IT and facilities management as agreed with the CEO.

Working with the Senior Leadership Team to support the annual budget process and quarterly assessments of performance against budget while taking ownership, managing and coordinating the preparation of organisational budgets, forecasts, and financial management including delivery of a revenue growth strategy across the organisation are priorities.

Key will be coordinating critical and consistent internal controls and processes, statutory reporting and auditing, managing risk, audit and compliance initiatives including the maintenance of the organisation’s policy library and risk register ensuring insurances, WHS procedures, privacy and security practices are in place, compliant, up to date and understood by the wider group.

NDS is undergoing a digital transformation and this role will work with SMEs across the business to drive the digital transformation program for the organisation. The role will oversee the Company’s approach to IT infrastructure, facilities management and procurement.

This role will also play a key role in resource allocation to support organisational objectives, in partnership with the CEO and other members of the Executive Team as well as create and drive overall business synergies across NDS ensuring cultural alignment and enterprise wide best practice initiatives are developed and adhered to.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the NDS values of Build respectful relationships, Lead change, Deliver clarity & impact, Support and develop others and Embrace diversity.

Skills and Experience

To be successful in the role you will need:

  • CPA/Finance qualifications are mandatory.

  • Strong strategic and operational leadership across a portfolio of business operations including finance, risk, compliance, governance/audit, IT systems and generating revenue growth through identifying partnership avenues.

  • An excellent track record in planning and directing an organisation's activities to achieve the stated/agreed objectives via effective and efficient resources in the areas of responsibility.

  • Proven ability to drive revenue growth through identifying opportunities and building new partnership and alliances whilst maintaining a focus on bottom line cost-management procedures.

  • Experience in running the design and delivery of digital and ICT initiatives.

  • Strong people leadership skills including leading with empathy, sound judgement, adaptability and resilience.

  • Genuine commitment to driving and supporting a positive workplace culture.

  • Experience in successfully leading production of responses to RFPs and RFTs would be desirable.

  • Excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively consult and negotiate with a range of stakeholders (both internal and external) to achieve beneficial outcomes.

  • Focus on continuous improvement to enhance overall efficiencies, effectiveness and reliability.

  • Willing and able to travel nationally as required.

What We Offer

  • Flexible working opportunities

  • Salary packaging benefits

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Staff Rewards & Discounts program

  • Learning and development opportunities

To Apply

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and value diversity and inclusion in our workplace. We encourage all applicants, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, LGBTIQ and culturally diverse communities to join NDS. NDS is committed to supporting equal employment opportunities for individuals with disability and will provide reasonable workplace adjustments.

For a confidential discussion please call Chris Grant, Partner M: 0493 714 171 or Bronwen Kerr, Engagement Manager T: 02 9233 1200. Please send your application quoting Ref No A005448 to Watermark Search International. Email: We will reply to the email address used for your application.

Closing date: 20 February 2024