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Cindy Griffiths

CINDY GRIFFITHS

Admin/Quality and HR Manager at Noah’s Ark Centre of Shoalhaven Inc

Awarded a scholarship for the Meikle Files Black Leadership Program, 2014


What sort of work does your organisation do?

Noah’s was established as a not-for-profit community organisation in 1981 in the Shoalhaven. The aim was to provide care and support for children, young people, their families and carers so that they are included in the community. Noah’s has achieved this aim by providing flexible, professional, caring and culturally focused services for children and their families where the children have a disability, developmental delay or challenging behaviour. We support early childhood centres through training and resourcing and Aboriginal communities and organisations where there is an invitation to work in partnership.

Describe a typical day's work.

Due to the variety of roles I perform in the organisation, a typical day for me can be anything from sorting out human resources issues with staff, to assisting on the front desk or helping out with fundraising activities.  I am also in charge of quality in the organisation so much of my time is spent ensuring that documents are consistent and work, and that staff are aware of what is required of them in relation to quality documents. I manage a team of 5 staff who perform both administration and family worker roles. I also manage our social media presence and website. I am the support person, particularly for our team leaders, for human resources issues and assist generally across the organisation with administration and provide administration support for our Board.

What are some of the key learnings from the Meikle Files Black Leadership Program?

That we all operate differently and it is vital to tap into the leadership talents of all members of the team. It was great to have an opportunity to discuss the high performance environmental structure, bring back to the organisation and implement key elements. I learnt that to be a good leader sometimes difficult situations and conversations need to happen and it is necessary for me to operate out of my comfort zone.

How has it impacted / changed / benefited your role and your organisation as a whole?

Building within the organisation a solid understanding of tapping into our teams motivation and passion and ensuring this compliments the organisations purpose, vision and values. It has also provided tools to manage change for the benefit of the staff, board, families and ultimately the organisation as a whole.&As the disability sector undergoes huge changes with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), this has given insight into what is needed to ensure the organisation moves forward in a positive way utilising the skills and talents of the people who work here.

How did you come to be working in the not-for-profit sector?

I have a son with a severe disability and became associated with the organisation he attended as a young child. I became aware of a whole new world which I had not associated with previously and soon became passionate about the not for profit sector, particularly in the disability sector.

What do you feel is most needed to sustain and build the impact of the not-for-profit sector?

The disability sector particularly is one where huge challenges are being confronted where organisations have to change and take risks to ensure their survival. We need to be competitive and creative in ensuring we have a significant point of difference to our competitors whilst maintaining our core values.

What is something interesting / unique / unusual about you?

I am an outdoors person who loves to sail and takes on life with a positive attitude and with a keen sense of humour.


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"I learnt that to be a good leader sometimes difficult situations and conversations need to happen and it is necessary for me to operate out of my comfort zone."


ABOUT CINDY:

Cindy has worked at Noah’s Ark Centre of Shoalhaven Inc for the past 20 years. She is currently juggling a number of roles as their Admin/HR and Quality Manager. Cindy has also been a voluntary committee member of multiple  organisations which work to benefit the community.

In 2014, ASF awarded Cindy a scholarship to attend Elkiem's prestigious Meikle Files Black Leadership Program.

ABOUT NOAH'S:

Annual revenue / size:

Medium - $250,000 - $5m pa

Segment of NFP sector:

Health and Education

Operating in:

NSW

Website:

http://noahsshoalhaven.org.au/