Project Manager

  • Canberra
  • Full-Time
  • Organisational Support

About the Role

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Project Manager is responsible for the project management of key Communities at Work strategic projects including ICT, construction, business processes and continuous quality improvement. The role will work closely with leaders and staff to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget. The Project Manager plays a hands-on role in the management of key strategic projects and enhance the delivery of projects by establishing, implementing and maintaining processes, policies and tools aligned with best practice project management methodologies.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Project management of strategic organisational projects
  • The development of project business cases and options analysis
  • Determine and define project scope and objectives
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation
  • Develop detailed project plans to monitor and track progress
  • Prepare project budgets based on scope of work and resource requirements
  • Develop and manage a detailed project schedule and work plan
  • Provide project updates on a consistent basis to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress
  • Manage contracts with vendors and suppliers by assigning tasks and communicating expected deliverables
  • Utilise industry best practices, techniques, and standards throughout entire project execution
  • Coordination and delivery of project deliverables
  • Ensure effective change management is a key focus in the delivery of all projects
  • Provide high-level support and advice to the Communities at Work leadership team in project development, management, prioritisation, change management, performance monitoring, reporting and tracking.
  • Work collaboratively with department leaders and staff to implement and manage a standardised and integrated project management process.
  • Assess the risks and opportunities of identified projects, options and actions and ensure risks and impact is assessed when determining project viability.
  • Ensure quality assurance and control in the project management system.

About You

You are an experienced project manager looking to make a real difference working for a values-based organisation committed to making a positive contribution to the lives of Canberrans and create a positive social impact in our community. With a proven ability and demonstrated experience in project management, you will have a track record of successfully delivering on key projects, with strong stakeholder management skills and ability to influence and drive a strategic agenda. You will have:

  • At least 3+ years' experience in project management
  • Strong knowledge of program / PMO management practices, processes, and governance.
  • Experience leading and managing the delivery of projects
  • Experience with project management software tools
  • Project management certification / qualifications
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and highly organised and the ability to work to deadlines
  • Current drivers' licence
  • Maintain current "Working with Vulnerable People" registration
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) / PRINCE II certification is desired


What We Offer

As a valued member of Communities at Work, you will:

  • Make a difference and change lives in the Canberra community as part of Canberra's largest community organisation.
  • Join an inclusive and friendly workplace, where people are at the heart of everything.
  • Increase your take-home pay with salary packaging.
  • Access discounted childcare and education services for your child(ren) including early education and care, out of school hours care, and school holiday programs.
  • Grow your career with professional development, training and mentoring with the 4-time winner of Large Employer of the Year award at the ACT Training Awards.
  • Enjoy options for study leave, leave concessions, paid parental leave, and more.
  • Enjoy healthy living with our active lifestyle & healthy activity programs and reimbursements (including remedial massages, annual flu vaccination and more).
  • Receive guidance and support for mental health through our Employee Assistance Program.

About Communities at Work

Communities at Work is Canberra's largest not-for-profit community organisation and the largest provider of early education and care services in the region. Our mission is to enrich lives today and shape better futures for tomorrow. Our surplus-for-purpose philosophy enables us to invest every dollar we earn right back into the local community, including the provision of much-needed essential support such as food, clothing and accommodation assistance to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community.

We are the four-time winner of the "Large Employer of the Year" award at the ACT Training Awards (2019 to 2022) which demonstrates our commitment to excellence in training, professional development, and career progression of our people.

With over 40 years of experience in the ACT and Capital Region, our people help us deliver a wide range of high-quality education and community services that support positive educational outcomes, assist in alleviating hardship, enhance the quality of life and lead to positive social change in the Canberra community.

How to Apply

Click APPLY, be sure to include a cover letter, or contact the People, Culture and Wellness team on 02 6293 6545 for a confidential discussion. 

Communities at Work encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, mature-aged workers, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles.


Closing date for applications: 07/06/2023

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