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Program Manager

Knowledge Society
  • Perth-based position; national work

We are recruiting an experienced Program Manager to work in our education practice. The role has two dimensions, one to supervise project management and support the leadership of a major transformation project within a medium-sized education system and secondly to get the program ready to roll-out in other education systems in Australia. Our work in education involves designing teacher and principal professional learning and other education policies and practice reforms in Australian K-12 education. Our work is informed by the science of learning and insights from cognitive science. It involves working with system leaders and principals to support teachers with the knowledge, understanding, experience and confidence to make change in their daily classroom practice to lift each teacher’s impact on their student’s learning every day.

The Program Manager’s role will be to ensure that the project is well managed including providing project management expertise, support and guidance and improving team function, processes and client reporting. Additionally, the role includes being a source of guidance in specific educational design tasks and activities led by other team members.

In addition to working with the current major client, the Program Manager will start work with the education practice leadership to build out the current offering as a repeatable service suite for other State and Catholic education systems.

The role is an exciting opportunity for someone who enjoys working in a high impact environment where your work is changing educational outcomes for Australian students as well as making work more enjoyable and efficacious for their teachers. This is a close knit team who work hard to get the job done.

Knowledge Society will support the right candidate in learning deeper domain knowledge in the Science of Learning and the Science of reading required to solve complex design problems in education, however the candidate must come with existing Project Management disciplines and experience. We are looking for an excellent communicator who is a natural problem solver, highly organised, very collaborative and who has a genuine interest in learning and making a positive social contribution through improving education in the K-12 sector.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Program design, codification and improvement
  • Program management of the overall program of work
  • Creating and managing project plans, including supporting colleagues to define project activities and tracking their delivery against them
  • Creating project budgets, cost estimates and resource allocations
  • Collaborating to solve problems on implementation and design challenges across the program
  • Coordinating the timely and successful delivery of project activities and outcomes
  • Coordinating and contributing to the production of assets (including a large suite of high quality online learning modules)
  • Client liaison including providing constant progress reports
  • Business development activities such as the creation of proposals and estimates, and converting our intellectual property into repeatable market offerings
  • Supporting the delivery of workshops and client engagement activities

Selection criteria


  • Program management experience in complex operating environments
  • Demonstrated success leading and managing complex programs and multiple projects
  • 3+ years project management experience in similar a environment
  • Sound judgement in understanding and estimating realistic delivery costs and timeframes
  • Strong writing skills including the ability to write for different audiences
  • Ability to communicate well with senior staff and diverse stakeholders
  • Natural aptitude for client engagement – this means you can preempt client needs, can negotiate, persuade and remain attentive to the upcoming needs of the project
  • Confident verbal communication and facilitation skills
  • Naturally curious – this means that you read broadly, ask intelligent questions and are constantly learning and problem solving.
  • Capacity to contribute to critical reflection on design and implementation of learning and development programs in education.


  • Experience in the education sector
  • Learning design or teaching experience
  • University qualifications in project management

Position details

Reporting: This Program Manager role reports to the CEO.

Salary: $105,000 - $110,000 per annum depending on experience

Location: This role is based in our Subiaco office. Travel within WA and interstate may be required (if and when possible).

Duration: Full-time (approx 37.5 hrs per week), or can consider flexible four day a week option. Fixed-term contract for one year with the potential for extension.

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