ACA Executive Officer

Website The Australasian Corrosion Association Inc. (ACA)

About the job

·      Lead the Australasian peak body in the corrosion industry

·      Setting the industry standard for training, education and career pathways

·      Vibrant company culture that recognises and rewards excellence

·      Flexible work conditions

The Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Executive Officer to lead our team and work with the ACA Board to implement its strategic vision for our association.

The ACA is a professional association representing individual and corporate members working in the corrosion industry across many sectors including professional services, contracting, infrastructure, manufacturing and academia.

The ACA promotes excellence across Asia, New Zealand and Australia by providing a forum for communication, education, professional growth, recognition and fellowship for all members, sectors, key stakeholders and participant organisations involved with the corrosion industry.

The role is based in our Melbourne office (Preston).

About the Role

Reporting to the ACA Board, the Executive Officer role will be responsible for ongoing delivery of training, education and services to members of the corrosion industry across Australasia, while also designing and implementing initiatives in line with the Board’s Strategic Plan and Vision. To succeed the EO will: lead a small (yet passionate) national office team; support the activities of members and volunteers among the ACA Council, ACA Branches and Technical Groups in Australia and New Zealand; and engage with key external stakeholders and partners. This is an exciting hands-on role.

The Executive Officer has management and accountability responsibilities which include:

·       directing, coordinating and controlling the operations of the ACA, including determining priorities, allocation of work and resources;

·       undertaking or supervising the critical tasks which fall within the scope of ACA operations and advising external stakeholders, as required, on these matters; and

·       representing ACA in relation to its functional responsibilities.

You will liaise with external stakeholders including asset owners, material suppliers, professionals, academics, technicians, and government agencies as well as internal stakeholders. Commensurate with state and country guidelines at the time, you will travel to sites around Australia and New Zealand and occasionally further afield.

Critical to success will be your capacity to build collaborative and productive working relationships across the ACA, providing leadership and day-to-day support to the ACA volunteers, operational teams and the Board.

About the Australasian Corrosion Association

The ACA is an industry-leading peak body in the field of corrosion, assisting society to sustainably manage the impact of corrosion on asset durability.

The ACA works closely with key influencers and external stakeholders within the corrosion sector as well as across multiple industry sectors. We employ seven staff in the head office in Preston VIC with eight Branch committees and diverse technical groups from 2,000 members who represent people in our businesses and communities who are passionate about addressing corrosion. At the core of our success lies the ACA’s community of highly skilled professionals. Our members are highly skilled engineers, technicians, researchers and academics who share decades of experience, working towards a future where corrosion is managed sustainably and cost effectively to ensure the health and safety of the community and protection of the environment.

Our Values

Integrity: Having integrity means we behave honestly, are accountable for our actions and how we use our resources. We demonstrate tolerance and respect in all our dealings, whilst developing processes and making decisions that are fair and transparent.

Informative: The ACA prides itself on being relevant and at the forefront of all technical aspects of corrosion mitigation. Beyond that we will inform the broader community about the impacts of corrosion. We value education, training and lifelong learning and seek to acknowledge, produce and promote skilled practitioners.

Diligent: We work conscientiously to consistently achieve the goals of the ACA. We are dedicated to our members and the broader community. We are efficient, timely and compliant in our response to people, tasks and obligations.

Supportive: Being helpful and supportive is integral to the success of our association. In the spirit of cooperation, staff, volunteers and members will collaborate to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. We value all the stakeholders in the corrosion community and embrace the passion of the ‘rust club’.

Innovative: We are forward-thinking, strategic in our decision making and open to new ideas. We will be adaptive and responsive in a creative way, to an ever-changing environment. We will foster and encourage novel solutions to corrosion mitigation and embrace new ideas.

About You

You will be an experienced and inclusive leader who has demonstrated success in driving sustainable organisational and cultural transformation that has achieved positive change. Your leadership will have created measurable influence and increased organisational capacity.

You are technically minded with excellent verbal and written communication skills, and have the capability to be a key media spokesperson and liaison with government agencies. You are organised and have outstanding attention to detail. You have the ability to manage competing tasks and project requirements through communication and time management skills. You work well with others, and align with our values.


Attributes, Skills, Experiences, Licenses and Qualifications


·       Minimum 5 years leadership/managerial experience in Not For Profit or industry association roles including:

·      Responsible for business growth and success;

·      Providing education, training and volunteer engagement through training, seminars, conferences and publications; and

·      Expertise in organisational governance.

·       Demonstrated experience and track record of delivery in one or more of:

·      Advocacy for technical professionals and/or industry standards; or

·      Sales and Business Development in education/training or in products.

·       A broad working knowledge of technical principles relevant to industries such as construction, manufacturing, science, etc.

·       Collaborative, positive, “can do” attitude with the ability to manage parallel delivery of business as usual activities and implementation of strategic initiatives.


·       Experience successfully negotiating commercial agreements, including licensing agreements, MOU’s, within both a national and international context.

·       Experience and knowledge of the corrosion industry, including key stakeholders.

·       Qualifications in a technical discipline (engineering/science) as well as marketing or communications.

·       Sound understanding of digital ecosystems including Google Workspace and Salesforce.

To Apply

To submit your application please click the “Apply” button below. A resume and cover letter are required with your application. Applicants must have full working rights in Australia.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability status.


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