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Cathy Freeman Foundation

PO Box 3366
EAST MELBOURNE, Vic, Australia

Phone: 03 9686 4813
Web Site: http://www.cathyfreemanfoundation.org.au/

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Programs Manager


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Programs Manager, Cathy Freeman Foundation
  • Employer: Cathy Freeman Foundation
  • Work Type/s: 12-month contract. Full-time.
  • Classification/s: Project Management, Education and Training, Youth, Community Development, Indigenous
  • Sector/s: Not for Profit (NFP)
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Job posted on: 12th April 2019
  • Salary: (range is 75k to 85k)
  • Applications close: 11pm on Tuesday 30 April
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
About the Cathy Freeman Foundation
The Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) was established in 2007 to work with remote Indigenous students, families and communities to improve education outcomes and inspire Indigenous students to achieve their goals and dreams.
The Foundation acknowledges the strength and wisdom that lies within remote Indigenous communities. Our work demands strong and trusting partnerships with community, Elders and school leaders. We partner with communities for the long haul, as we journey through the complexities of the work required to create sustainable social change.
The CFF works with 1600 Indigenous children and their families across four remote Indigenous communities in Queensland (Palm Island and Woorabinda) and the Northern Territory (Wurrumiyanga and Galiwin’ku).
The CFF implements five key projects across these communities, working with children from Kindergarten through to Year 12. The key outcomes of our projects include increased school attendance, increased Year 12 attainment, building the self-belief and self-esteem of Indigenous students to achieve their dreams and increasing the engagement of families and communities in educational events and activities. The Cathy Freeman Foundation inspires children to realise their own gold medal journey.
The team at the Cathy Freeman Foundation share the following values, which generally attract like- minded community, school and funding partners.
  • Experience – we take the voice of community seriously and build upon what already works.
  • Learning – we share a love of learning amongst our staff and with our school and community partners.
  • Loyalty – communities respect that we are there for the long term.
  • Integrity – we follow through on our word.
  • Initiative – we take the small necessary steps to create positive social change.
The role
This role has a focus currently on managing and overseeing the NT Programs for the Cathy Freeman Foundation. The role reports into the Programs Director.  The Programs Manager oversees the staffing, program delivery and community engagement in the Northern Territory partner communities. The Programs Manager also has lead management responsibility within the organisation for at least one of the projects at a national level. Whilst this role is based in Melbourne, significant work-related travel is required.
Program Management
  • Management nationally of one or more programs through the full program management cycle (including design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and development/re-design)
  • Manage the implementation of the remaining programs in in Queensland or NT communities
  • Management of programs budgets, including planning, tracking and reporting on expenditure
  • Ensure risk management process are implemented for all programs
  • Liaise regularly and maintain full communication of program management and implementation to the CFF Programs Director
Staff Management
  • Line management of Programs Coordinators and casual Program Officers
  • Support direct reports to build their performance capacity through coaching and on-job training
  • Oversee the staff structure, recruitment and management of all programs staff in QLD or NT
  • Oversee the professional development of all QLD or NT programs staff
  • Ensure staff are aware of and comply with CFF organisational policies
Stakeholder Management
  • High level management of key partner/stakeholder relationships in partner communities (i.e. schools, councils, community leaders)
  • Maintain key working relationships and facilitate open communication with all community stakeholders and program partners
  • Responsibility for ensuring all programs are implemented in QLD or in NT in-line with community development principles
  • Manage community consultation groups in partner communities to ensure strong community ownership of CFF program delivered
  • Facilitate regular activity and organisational reporting to broad community in partner communities
Reporting, Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Overall responsibility for QLD or NT program monitoring and quarterly reporting
  • Assist the Programs Director in completion of relevant program reports
  • Assist evaluators as required to undertake program evaluations in partner communities
  • Facilitate marketing/ comms team access to partner communities as appropriate and required

Job Requirements:

Skills and experience
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for this role.
  • Proven understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, their cultures and communities. With understanding and experience relating to remote Indigenous communities.
  • Proven experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities and ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (i.e. community development, social work, education) or relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated understanding and implementation of program management fundamentals, including program development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation
  • Strong understanding of community-development principles and their application
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and coach staff members, with a focus on capacity-building
  • Experience working with Indigenous people and communities
  • Highly organised, detail-oriented, reliable and flexible. Ability to problem solve and change and adapt plans in reaction to constantly changing circumstances
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, an ability to listen to and balance, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a commitment to the Cathy Freeman Foundation’s mission.
  • Intermediate computer skills (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel
Employment Requirements
  • Working with Children Check
  • Police Check
  • Driver’s License
Salary and Conditions
This is a full-time role with the Cathy Freeman Foundation. The annual salary will be negotiated with the successful candidate and will be between $75,000 and $85,000. The role is a 12-month contract.
The Cathy Freeman Foundation prides itself on being a flexible and inclusive workplace, additional benefits include:
  • Flexible working hours and locations
  • Travel opportunities
  • Comprehensive Time Off in Lieu (TOIL) policy

How to apply for this job

To apply for this position, please send a current Resume and Cover Letter addressing your suitability for the role with reference to the required skills and experience, to Lachlan Preston at admin@cathyfreemanfoundation.org.au, using the subject line: Programs Manager application via OurMob.


For further information please email Cassie Zurek at admin@cathyfreemanfoundation.org.au or call 03 9686 4813. To see our website go to www.cathyfreemanfoundation.org.au.


Applications close: 11pm Tuesday 30th April 2019.


Education: Elementary School, General-Other: Training-Instruction, Junior-High School
Project-Program Management: Event Planning-Coordination, Program Management, Project Management

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Employment Type:

Full time


EAST MELBOURNE, Vic, Australia


Programs Manager


Education, Management, Nonprofit-Social Services




75,000 to 85,000 per year