General Manager

Founded in March 1949, the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) was established with the purpose of preserving, protecting and promoting multi-religious harmony in Singapore. It is a registered society and charity organisation in Singapore involving representatives from 10 religions. The organisation aims to create a supportive and inclusive environment, where everyone is welcome regardless of race, language or religion.

The General Manager will support and assist the Council in leading IRO’s interfaith mission. Reporting to the President and Honorary Secretary of the office term, the General Manager will oversee the general operations and finance of the IRO and marketing, public relations & communications, community outreach activities and fundraising. The General Manager will ensure compliance with all regulatory and statutory requirements, charity governance, transparency best practices, and standards.

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategy Annual Work Plan and Budget

  • Assisting the Council with the formulation of mid-term as well as long-term strategies aligned with the general landscape of interfaith and religious harmony efforts in Singapore.
  • Developing annual work plans and budgets  for the consistent management of IRO.
  • Assisting with the smooth transition of IRO Presidentship including working with past/outgoing and incoming/new presidents on the workflow between office terms.
  • Developing and maintaining an annual budget that is aligned to the strategy and work plan, in consultation with the Treasurer and/or other office bearers.

General Operations, Finance and Human Resources Management

  • Overseeing essential operational functions and day-to-day administration of the IRO.
  • Timely coordination of IRO meetings and associated reports (Council meetings, ExCo and General Meetings, with Notice of Meeting, Minute-taking, Annual Report).
  • Supervising admin personnel on the general office administration such as filing and documentation and record-keeping.
  • Ensuring the proper keeping of accounts and financial records, and coordinating reports (monthly and annual) with IRO’s appointed accountant.
  • Assisting Treasurer with the tracking of IRO’s finance and budget.
  • Assisting President and Honorary Secretary in management of employee-related matters.
  • Working closely with different committees to ensure smooth running of the different aspects of IRO.
  • Properly delegating work among employees as well as supervising and monitoring the work.
  • Overseeing admin personnel duties of managing the IRO office premises (maintenance, cleanliness, security).

Public Relations & Communication

  • Overseeing public relations and communication efforts with different stakeholders of IRO.
  • Developing and executive IRO’s digital, print and multimedia communication strategy.
  • Working with IRO’s constituent religions, government bodies, interfaith community, officially appointed service providers content for public education and outreach.
  • Managing of IRO membership database, mailing list of stakeholders  to ensure regular communications.
  • Overseeing the handling and documentation of public enquiries in consultation with the Office Bearers and support from Executive Members of IRO and/or other relevant authorities.
  • Overseeing relations and communications with media channels for IRO events and other press related matters.
  • Developing drafts for speech and statements made by IRO in consultation with Office Bearers.

Community Outreach and Engagement

  • Strategising and developing interfaith programs for different audience segments in Singapore.
  • Supervising the Secretariat with execution of community outreach and engagement activities such as talks, lectures, dialogues and key events such as IRO Day.
  • Providing support to the the Women of Faith, Youth Wing and Prayers Blessings Group with their community and outreach activities.


  • Sourcing and applying for grants from government and non-government
    Bodies in consultation with the Office Bearers.
  • Creating and executing a programme of outreach to raise donations from
    government and non-government philanthropic agencies in consultation with the Office Bearers.
  • Assistant Presidents with development and maintenance of donor relations.


  • Ensuring that IRO meets all  regulatory and statutory requirements as a society and charity.
  • Overseeing annual submissions to Registry of Society and Charities Unit.
  • Assisting Council to meet all essential requirements of Charity Code of Governance.
  • Developing policies and standard operating procedures based on best practices, and standards in the sector.
  • Supporting internal and external audit of IRO’s governance and management.


  • Degree holder; preferably in business management and/or  administration
  • At least 5-7 years of experience in organisational management and supervisory work
  • Highly experienced managing internal and external stakeholders 
  • Experienced at independent management of responsibilities 
  • Experience in grassroots, non-profit and charity sector is advantageous
  • Be able to work additional hours and outside office hours under urgent and exceptional circumstances
  • Proficient with in English writing 
  • Singaporean citizen or permanent resident

Application Procedure

Applicants may write to addressed to Hiring Committee with the following items: 

  • Latest resume 
  • Cover letter explaining qualifications and experience
  • Details of at least two (2) work-related referees 
  • Last drawn and expected salary 
  • Estimated start date