Program Development Manager

Job No: SVDP931
Location: Box Hill

Join one of Victoria's Leading Not-For-Profits!

Full Time, Ongoing Role

Tax Reducing Salary Packaging + Car + Other great benefits!


The St Vincent de Paul Society and its wide network of volunteers provide practical frontline support, advocacy and friendship for the most vulnerable members of the community. If you are someone who wants to do life changing work and make a real impact upon the people in your community then please read on!

The Role

A new opportunity for a positive and dynamic Program Manager has opened up at the St Vincent de Paul Society. The Program Development Manager is responsible for leading the development of innovative new ways of working and models of service which will enhance St Vincent de Paul Society's responses to need in the community. The role leads a team known to the Society as Special Works.

What is Special Works?

Special Works may be established where a St Vincent de Paul Conference or St Vincent de Paul Council identifies a specific need which cannot be satisfied within the normal scope of the St Vincent de Paul Conference or Council activity. Special Works are established by, and responsible to, the St Vincent de Paul State Council.

The Special Works team encompasses current Special Works support including Education Programs, Home Assist, Vinnies No Interest Loans Scheme and the Welfare Call Centre. The Program Development Manager will also provide support to other Special Works currently delivered by members (without specific paid support) such as Prison Visitation, Scholarship Schemes, emergency housing etc.

What are Members, Conferences & Councils?

Volunteer service is the backbone of the St Vincent de Paul Society. The Society is made up of dedicated Members; all who volunteer their time to undertake a range of community support activities at a local level which is know as a Conference.

Conference Members are passionate about helping those in need in their local community and are usually attached to; parishes, schools, universities, social groups, workplaces, or groups of individuals from the local area.

Conference Members meet regularly and no work of charity is foreign to them. Together they visit people in their homes, in hospitals, institutions or wherever else they may be found needing aid or comfort. Conference work is not limited to home visitation, members also meet and pray together at others times. 

Councils are formed to provide a link between the Conferences. Lead by the National Council, are the State Council and Regional or Territory Councils, who meet on a regular basis.


Your excellent leadership skills and experience of managing teams in the Community sector, will see you coaching and developing a highly skilled, passionate and motivated team. Known for your fantastic communication style, you will quickly build meaningful relationships across the organisation and with our external stakeholders.

You pride yourself on your strong analytical skills and critical thinking ability, and will develop robust reporting to understand our impact and current and emerging needs to inform future services.

You will enjoy the varied nature of this role and will thrive on no two days being the same.

This is a unique opportunity for a committed individual who is passionate about social justice and truly wants to make a difference to the lives of others in the community.


  • Tertiary qualifications in Management, Community Development, Welfare or equivalent


  • Exceptional people and coaching skills
  • Project management
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly skilled at forging internal and external relationships
  • Strong analytical & reporting capabilities
  • Innovative & practical in problem solving
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Effective judgement & decision making
  • Strong time management skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work well under pressure

Knowledge / Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and implementation
  • Demonstrated experience in development of new services/models to respond to a community need
  • Demonstrated and/or working knowledge of assisting people experiencing disadvantage and marginalisation
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and sustaining effective working relationships, partnerships in order to achieve effective client outcomes
  • Experience developing and measuring program impact
  • Experience leading and engaging people to achieve objectives
  • Experience coaching and developing managers


  • Behaves in an ethical and professional manner at all times
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Leadership, courage and resilience
  • Outcomes driven
  • Willingness to travel throughout Victoria as required
  • Willingness to vary normal working hours from time to time
  • Awareness of, and ability to work within, the ethos of the Society

 Why work for us?  We offer:

  • Excellent working hours of 37.5 hours a week
  • Tax Reducing Salary Packaging + Car + other fantastic SVDP benefits
  • We are committed to professional development to make sure that your career keeps growing while you’re working with us
  • We make an incredible difference in the lives of over 300,000 people every year
  • We believe in families, so we like to provide a family-friendly environment in which to work
  • We have a very diverse infrastructure portfolio which keeps the job interesting!
  • We offer a place where you know you are contributing to a charitable organisation committed to helping others. We are passionate about #Social Justice
  • We have some great talent who are happy to share their experience and skills to help you on your way
  • We live and breathe our values


Vinnies changes lives every day

If making a difference in your local community is important to you and you meet our essential requirements we can’t wait to hear from you. Please send us your updated CV and a cover letter that tells us a little more about you and why you would be perfect for the role. Please click here for a copy of the Position Description.

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Applications close: Sunday 10 November 2019

 Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12 November 2019

Please note that prior to any offer of employment, pre-employment checks must be completed. These will include reference checking, a national criminal history check and current working with children check.

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