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Project Manager (Projects & Regional Services)

Job No: 33617
Location: Alice Springs, NT

  • Join a premier NFP supporting Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory!
  • Pivotal project management role, constructing infrastructure throughout the NT outback, with fantastic multicultural experiences!
  • Attractive remuneration circa $72,000 - $82,000 + super, generous salary sacrifice options and 5 weeks leave!

About the Organisation

Established in Alice Springs over 3 decades ago, the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) is a national Indigenous science and technology organisation. As a not-for-profit NGO, CAT supports remote Indigenous communities to pursue sustainable livelihoods by facilitating access to appropriate technology.

This includes a range of services such as:

  • Providing technical and scientific advice and referral;
  • Technical training;
  • Project management in the areas of water and energy supply;
  • Waste management; and
  • Shelter, community planning and capacity development.

CAT plays an active role in supporting remote Indigenous communities to access information and services, and to help them to utilise technologies in developing sustainable livelihoods.

About the Region

The Northern Territory is one of the most picturesque environments on the planet, spanning more than 1.4 million square kilometres from the centre to the northerly coast of Australia. Ancient woodlands meet sandy beaches and escarpments tower above lush billabongs in this land of diversity.

Year round blue skies, stunning landscapes and a vibrant, diverse community - that's Alice Springs! Only a two to three hour flight on average from most Australian cities, Alice Springs is not just a must see destination renowned for its unique identity and rich cultural heritage, but a remarkable community to set up home in!

About the Opportunity

Due to an increase in the number of projects, The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) has an exciting full time opportunity for a driven Project Manager to join their Projects and Regional Services team, based in Alice Springs.

Reporting to the Regional Manager - Operations, you'll be managing and implementing CAT's programs and infrastructure projects run from Alice Springs, as well as providing some technical support to the regional offices in Broome, Darwin and Cairns.  Additionally, you'll be responsible for maintaining close community relationships in the region, through the effective mobilisation of multi-disciplinary teams to address the communities' infrastructure, environmental health and livelihood requirements.

This is a unique management role, giving you the once-in-a-career opportunity to bring your project management skills to Australia's outback, as you oversee the roll-out of CAT's technical field staff for infrastructure projects across the Kimberley, NT and Far North and West QLD regions.

More specifically, some of your key duties will include (but not be limited to):

  • Defining projects and activities within CAT’s regional strategies;
  • Implementing strategic opportunities for services within the framework of CAT's action plans, as well as exploring new business opportunities;
  • Assisting in the preparation of cost estimates, annual submissions and tenders for Government Projects;
  • Developing and consolidating relationships with the Central Land Council and ABA program;
  • Ensuring projects and activities are completed effectively within time and budget limits;
  • Promoting CAT to a network of contacts including key regional stakeholders, Indigenous communities and outstations; and
  • Managing and implementing a clear project life cycle for each project which includes effective use of resources, project phases, actions and deliverables.

To be successful, you will be an experienced Project Manager with demonstrated experience in the management and successful delivery of housing and infrastructure projects. You'll have relevant qualifications, registration and practical experience in an Engineering, Building/Construction or Architecture/Building Design discipline, and a background in the management of dispersed teams and communication with multiple stakeholders.  A current Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment, as well as professional registration relevant to the management of small infrastructure projects in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, will be highly regarded.

It's vital you have broad technical knowledge and skills relevant to remote community infrastructure and environmental health projects, including technical software experience, along with strong organisational skills enabling you to deliver outcomes within set time frames, in a logical and efficient manner.

To ensure your success, you'll need an understanding of, and preferably direct experience with, working with Indigenous people and a sound understanding of the issues relating to their culture and communities. The successful applicant will engender a team spirit, and will display excellent interpersonal and communication skills, allowing you to negotiate and develop effective relationships across a variety of stakeholders, particularly with Indigenous communities.

Most importantly, you'll enjoy working in a challenging, fast-paced environment and be able to adapt easily to changing situations. You'll possess excellent decision-making skills and problem solving skills, and will have the capacity to manage competing demands and multiple tasks.

A current manual driver's licence, with 4WD competence, is essential for this role, as you will be required to travel interstate and to other remote areas to undertake field work as required.  Field work may entail outdoor camping with limited or no access to amenities.

About the Benefits

If you're looking for a varied and interesting role with many unique multicultural experiences - this is the opportunity for you!

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will enjoy highly attractive remuneration $72,000 -$82,000 plus super.

You will also enjoy a range of further benefits including:

  • 5 weeks annual leave;
  • Salary sacrifice options;
  • Appropriate travel and accommodation allowances;
  • Access to exempt benefits; and
  • Other tax benefits due to CAT's status as a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI)

Furthermore, you'll be provided with ongoing support and training opportunities, including study leave and study reimbursementCAT also encourages a healthy work/life balance offering a 'flexible toolbox' which provides their staff members with a variety of options to better manage their commitments.

Enjoy working with a well established organisation that offers great job security and the support of a friendly and dynamic team.

This is a unique opportunity to bring new technology and change to people living in remote communities and really make a difference - Apply Now!

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

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