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Program Manager - Statewide Programs

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
  • Position: Full Time
  • Salary: $104,873.04 - $113,782.73 plus super - based on qualifications and experience
  • Location: Preston

About the role

The Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing both the Lakidjeka Central Intake and AHS team, Permanent Care Planning lead, Permanent Care program and Statewide Coordinator of Cultural plans who will work closely with metro and regional teams.

The role will also work to ensure that there is a consistent approach to the, policy, practice and reporting requirements of the program across the VACCA regions.

The Organisation

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is an Aboriginal Community-Controlled organisation that supports and advocates for the Aboriginal Community and is the largest organisation of it’s kind in Australia. The VACCA team is committed to the organisation’s visions and values, passionately providing support, service and advocacy for our children and other vulnerable members of the community.

Our Aboriginality is what distinguishes us from other community organisations and it is why we are able to deliver positive outcomes that lead to ongoing change.

Our strength lies with our people, and all people are welcome at VACCA!

About You

  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the values that underpin VACCA’s vision and purpose and the capacity to take a leadership role in championing these internally and externally
  • Demonstrated awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and cultures, and commitment to continually build knowledge of such, along with a high level of awareness of the key issues which impact upon Aboriginal communities
  • Demonstrated experience in working and engaging with Aboriginal families and children / demonstrated experience in child and family sector
  • Knowledge and experience of child protection policies and processes
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and managing service delivery in the Aboriginal child and family welfare sector
  • Proven experience in managing community and interagency relations, in particular, working with DHHS, ACCO’s and CSO’s
  • Experience in managing governance and compliance issues including program, team and individual planning, quality management and continuous improvement, risk management and compliance, and OH&S
  • A high level of professionalism including an understanding of professional boundaries, ethics, problem solving techniques, conflict resolution skills and the ability to support others in these areas
  • Proven communication skills, including the ability to advocate and articulate clear, assertive and persuasive messages to stakeholders; including the ability to write clear and accurate documents including reports
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team including leading change, managing team dynamics; managing conflict, building staff capacity, managing poor performance, mentoring and providing supervision all within a culturally sensitive manner
  • Experience in leading service delivery teams and overall program management
  • Ability to manage resources, assets and sustainability including skills in financial, equipment and asset management
  • Current COVID-19 vaccinations (minimum two doses and booster shot before commencement)


  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline.
  • Post Graduate training in relevant child, adolescent and family clinical practice is strongly preferred.

What we can offer you!

  • Sector leading remuneration and salary packaging options that increase your take home pay by $15,900
  • Learning and Development opportunities at your finger tips
  • REAL career development opportunities!
  • Generous leave entitlements including; paid maternity leave, cultural and ceremonial leave and compassionate leave
  • The opportunity to participate in cultural events and other activities
  • Access to Employee Support and Wellbeing programs
  • A warm, supportive and inclusive team environment and organisational culture

We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people to apply.

Applications should include a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and current resume.

We encourage applicants to view the Position Description (attached below) prior to applying.

We are committed to Aboriginal self-determination and supporting strong, safe, thriving Aboriginal communities and aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity, honouring all cultural backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and spiritual beliefs.

VACCA is a child-safe organisation and is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people with zero tolerance for child abuse. All successful applicants will be required to undertake a National Police Record Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement of employment and periodically following commencement.

VACCA is an equal opportunity employer and has a smoke-free workplace policy.

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