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Legal, Governance, Risk and Compliance Director

The Fred Hollows Foundation |
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Location: Hybrid | NSW | Remote / Work From Home
Sub location(s):
  • Full time, permanent role based in Sydney.  
  • Flexible work from home arrangements available, we have no mandated days in the office.



The Foundation is an international development organisation working to prevent blindness and restore sight.  We continue to carry on the legacy of Professor Fred Hollows, who believed every person had the right to quality eye care, no matter where they live. Over 30 years The Foundation has grown to work in more than 25 countries throughout Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific, as well as in Australia. We have an ambitious five-year strategic plan that aims to take us even closer to realising our vision of a world in which no person is needlessly blind, or vision impaired and Indigenous Australians exercise their right to sight and good health.


The Foundation is also proud to announce that we were awarded the Employer of Choice Award (Public Sector and NFP) at the 2022 Australian HR Awards.



The Legal, Governance, Risk and Compliance (LGRC) Director will be instrumental in designing and implementing the LGRC team of the future at The Foundation. The new strategy and transformation roadmap calls for more agility, less bureaucracy, empowering our teams whilst maintaining our reputation as a leading INGO in the sector.



You will be an experienced director, with a deep understanding of governance, risk and compliance structures in a global organisation, looking to join a fantastic team! You will be a dynamic leader with a strategic mindset, able to influence and guide decisions at the highest level. You will be people focused, able to create and foster collaborative and productive relationships with internal stakeholders and external organisations. You will be leading an agile team of leaders including General Counsel, Governance, Risk and Due Diligence, Compliance, Audit functions and play’s a critical role working with our volunteer Board, in entities around the world.



  • Leading the provision of strategic and operational support for all Foundation legal entities, including sub-committees and working groups, to enable effective governance as well as support the ELT’s relationship with the Boards.
  • Leading the management of compliance matters with relevant regulations as applicable including the coordination of internal, external and statutory reporting. Ensure monitoring, escalation and effective management of issues.
  • Ensuring appropriate and effective risk management frameworks are in place, practices are operationalised and embedded throughout the organisation, with effective monitoring and reporting.
  • Leading continuous improvements of The Foundations legal, governance, risk, compliance and internal audit across people, systems and processes including the coordination, review and update of all policies.
  • Fostering a culture which enables effective risk taking to achieve our ambitious vision.



  • Extensive experience in leading LGRC in a complex, highly regulated multinational
  • Proven leadership of international teams and in change implementation
  • Demonstrated Board and Executive stakeholder experience
  • Financial Acumen Proficiency in linking strategic plans to financial objectives
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • A bachelor’s degree and/or master’s degree or higher qualification in law, as well as risk, compliance, governance business administration, management, or a related field. GAICD


How we recognise your contribution

Through our internal programs and employee benefits we aim to create an environment where you will feel supported and empowered.  Whether your focus is on continuous learning, professional development or finding an environment which enables you to thrive while balancing family or personal commitments, we have a range of programs in place to support you. Including:

  • Generous salary packaging – we provide access to not-for-profit salary packaging options, which will increase your take home pay, we also offer 17.5% annual leave loading.
  • Flexible work environment – we focus on output, not hours and enable you to prioritise your health and wellbeing.
  • Generous leave allowances – we offer Paid parental leave; 5 days bonus leave every year; an annual Foundation-wide “Me Day”, birthday leave; and time off for culturally significant/ceremonial leave
  • Ongoing commitment to your continuous learning and career development – through tailored leadership and professional development programs, access to Linkedin Learning and focused development conversations.

To find out more about our benefits click here



Please apply directly via the “Apply” Button, please include a CV and Cover Letter. Should you have any questions regarding the opportunity please reach out to our Global Talent Acquisition Manager, Hanna Hadaya at [email protected]. Kindly note that CVs will not be considered through this email address.


Applications Close: Sunday the 30th of June 2024


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for this position.


The Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to protecting the rights of children and community partners in all areas where we work.  Applicants are advised that The Foundation reserves the right to conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment.

Please note: We will not be accepting CV’s via agencies for this role.

Closing Date: Jun 30, 2024