National Programs Manager - 12 month contract

Organisation Name The Humour Foundation
Location Sydney
Date Posted 2018-11-27
Job Type Contract or Temp
Job Number 53881


  • Join a creative for purpose organisation promoting the health benefits of humour
  • Management role leading a diverse therapeutic program for children & adults
  • Would suit candidates from the arts, health, education or aged care sectors


The Organisation
The Humour Foundation is a unique organisation that truly believes laughter is the best medicine. Working closely with medical professionals and engaging 70 Clown Doctors, the Foundation delivers 1500 ward rounds engaging with sick children in 24 hospitals across Australia annually.
The Foundation’s work is based on clinical research that shows the physiological and psychological benefits of laughter to health and well-being.
Through their main programs, Clown Doctors, Elder Clowns, Laughter Boss and Laughter Works, the Foundation reaches over 200,000 vulnerable children and adults, including those living with dementia. The Foundation also has an ongoing commitment to further research around the therapeutic benefits of humour.

Benefits & Culture
  • Work with creative colleagues who are committed to the wellbeing of clients
  • Company vehicle provided and available 7 days a week
  • Time in lieu available
  • Additional leave given for the period between Christmas and the New Year

The Role
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, this leadership position is responsible for program management and delivery of member services. You will manage a geographically disperse team of co-ordinators and administrators, providing services to the host hospitals and aged care centres.
With 5 direct reports, the successful candidate will have leadership and management experience, whilst working towards strategic objectives and budgets. You will be knowledgeable around funding and service agreements, including having had exposure to program reporting. You have high-level communication, advocacy and stakeholder management experience, as well as being skilled in business development.

Skills Required
You’re currently working in a community or health driven organisation in the arts, a NFP, aged care or in education or maybe even a like-minded commercial business. Ideally you have experience managing rostered teams of off-site staff or volunteers such as performers, educators, fundraisers or hospitality and event staff. Overall you have the ability to;
  • Build and nurture professional relationships, including negotiating new contracts
  • Provide leadership to the team including providing direction and monitoring performance
  • Identify, research and recommend new services within operational and strategic plans
  • Hold a current or willing to get a Working with Children Check and Police Check

If you are a natural relationship builder and experienced program manager, then please apply by submitting your cover letter responding to the skills required above and resume. Alternatively, contact Debbie Jardine in Sydney on 02 82430570 quoting reference #53881.

Please be advised you can upload two attachments, including your resume and covering letter when submitting your application.