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What is it like to work with Save the Children?

Here’s what some of our talented people say it’s like to work with Save the Children and what you can expect from a career with us.

Make a difference

Make a difference

“I am constantly amazed by the dedication, smarts and capability of the thousands of people working with Save the Children, in Australia and in over 120 countries around the world. We have all sorts of people working in all sorts of roles. The one thing that we all share is the desire to make a difference. And what could be more rewarding than helping the most vulnerable and disadvantaged of the next generation live to their full potential.”

Paul Ronalds, CEO Save the Children Australia.


Build a career

Build a career

“I’ve worked with Save the Children for 21 years. I started off as a bus driver, became an assistant in the kinder, and was encouraged to do my Bachelor. I’m so glad I did, as now I’m the teacher director. We are an Indigenous focused kinder and I’m passionate about these families and kids and making sure they get the best out of life that they possibly can.”

Andrea Woodward, Mooroopna Kindergarten Director.


Meet amazing people

Meet amazing people

“The best part of my job is meeting the many amazing and dedicated staff in countries where we deliver our programs. I am privileged to work closely with staff by providing mentoring, support, and training as part of their ongoing professional development. I also get to meet families and children we work with very regularly to learn about their needs, and this inspires me to advocate for them even more strongly.”

Karen Flanagan, Principal Advisor - Child Protection.


Dispelling the myths

Every sector is surrounded by assumptions and ours is no different. So here are five common myths about working for Save the Children that we have dispelled.

  1. You must have work experience within a not-for-profit (NFP)/non-government organisation (NGO) to work for Save the Children

    Myth! We value – in fact, we need – people who have come from different backgrounds, have different skill sets and are at different stages in their career. Diversity brings a variety of insights and the opportunity to build on each other's strengths. We are always building and transforming – so you could be just the person we are looking for to help us do so.

  2. Without formal qualifications, my chances to be selected for a job are minimal

    Not true. In many of our roles, local experience, great connections within communities and cultural knowledge are highly valued. In addition, we offer roles at all levels. We hire you for who you are and what you know, and are committed to help you develop from there. We want you to reach your full potential, which is why Save the Children provides a range of training and development opportunities for our employees.

  3. Your leaders are not progressive and have been in the same roles for a long time

    Nope! We have a young dynamic CEO, who joined us in 2013, and a diverse team of passionate female and male Executives. They are all united in their drive for high performance and innovation. We've recruited senior leaders from a variety of backgrounds, including the corporate sector and government, with proven success records in challenging environments. We believe that the quality of our leaders is a real differentiator for Save the Children.

  4. There is insufficient budget to execute my great ideas

    We are always conscious about how we spend our money. If your idea is really great, then you will have considered this too. Save the Children is not an organisation stuck in the mud; we are constantly seeking innovative ways to streamline our processes, improve our programs and engage our supporters. We need your big ideas to take us to the next level!

  5. The not-for-profit sector is not competitive

    Not true. We want to be the leading international development agency. We are brave and our culture of creative innovation is pushing boundaries every day.

Our values drive everything we do

There are certain values and behaviours that drive all our work. They are integral to what we do and how we do it – so we look for them in everyone we work with.

Accountability: We take personal responsibility for using our resources efficiently, achieving measurable results, and being accountable to supporters, partners and, most of all, children.

Ambition: We are demanding of ourselves and our colleagues, set high goals and are committed to improving the quality of everything we do for children.

Collaboration: We respect and value each other, thrive on our diversity, and work with partners to leverage our global strength in making a difference for children.

Creativity: We are open to new ideas, embrace change, and take disciplined risks to develop sustainable solutions for, and with, children.

Integrity: We aspire to live to the highest standards of personal honesty and behaviour; we never compromise our reputation and always act in the best interests of children.

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