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Program Manager – Leadership Great South Coast

Are you an enthusiastic, passionate, adaptable leader looking for your next leadership opportunity?

Look no further …we have a part-time Program Manager role (.5) available supporting aspiring leaders to develop their leadership skills via our annual Leadership Program.


  • Temporary Part-time, 19 hours per week
  • 1-year contract commencing from February 2021
  • $40.64 per hour

Leadership Great South Coast Inc (LGSC) is currently seeking a passionate and enthusiastic Program Manager to coordinate, deliver and review the annual flagship leadership development program aimed at aspiring leaders sourced from the diversity of sectors within the Great South Coast.

Reporting to the Executive Officer, the successful applicant will also be responsible for providing assistance in the delivery of a suite of LGSC offerings/events and supporting our annual Program participants on their leadership journey.


To be successful in this role you will need:

  • Demonstrated understanding of Leadership Great South Coast
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge in adult learning; community development: facilitation and change management.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in managing and leading complex programs, managing projects through consultation with key stakeholders to ensure project objectives are met on time and within budget.
  • Sound mentoring and coaching skills and an ability to empower individuals and a team to achieve objectives by providing effective feedback and leading by example.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and marketing skills with the ability to articulate complex concepts and use formal and informal channels to engage stakeholders and manage consultation processes.
  • Strong relationship building and stakeholder management skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships with people at all levels, through consistent actions, values and communication.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of community leadership principles.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in report writing, financial management and record keeping.
  • A strong understanding of the social, economic and environmental challenges confronting those communities within the Great South Coast.
  • Skills in managing time, setting priorities and planning and organising one’s own work so as to achieve specific and set objectives in the most efficient way possible.
  • High level technical skills including, website editing, online platform management (including Slack and Zoom), Integrated Management System management, cloud file storage management, online surveys/polls, social media platforms, e-news and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks concurrently and troubleshoot issues with minimal supervision
  • A current drivers licence


Please contact Amanda Hennessy, Executive Officer LSGC for further information about the position and duties involved on 0408 627 066 or [email protected]


Written applications for the position close 10am 23 January 2021

Leadership Great South Coast Inc is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity



2020 Graduation – Meet Our Newest Alumni


Congratulations to our 2020 participants who graduated on 26 Nov, they now join a growing Alumni of community leaders building capacity across the Great South Coast Region of Victoria.

In a challenging year we achieved a 100% retention and graduation rate which is quiet an accomplishment – we congratulate all our graduates who have developed and gown as adaptive leaders throughout 2020. Introducing our newest Alumni:

  1. Billy Edis, Director, Southcoast Project Management
  2. Catherine Darkin, Advisor, Population Health and Community Wellbeing. Department of Health and Human Services
  3. Jason Van Der Heyden, Maintenance Electrician, Wannon Water
  4. Catherine Fitzgerald, Treasurer, Warrnambool Agricultural Society
    Sponsor – South West Community Foundation
  5. Craig Kelson, Financial Accountant, South West TAFE
  6. Dominic Conheady, Dairy Farmer, Self Employed
    Sponsor – Gardiner Foundation
  7. Joseph Sinnott, Human Resources Advisor, Warrnambool City Council
  8. Joy Coulson, Farm Services Advisor, Saputo Dairy Australia
    Sponsor – Gardiner Foundation
  9. Kara Winderlich, Risk Management Coordinator, Southern Grampians Shire Council
  10. Emily Falla, Aboriginal Health Promotion Officer, South West Healthcare
    Sponsor – Wannon Water
  11. Jerram Wurlod- Operations Manager – Keayang Maar Vineyard, Dixie
    Sponsor – Corangamite Shire
  12. Liam Arnott, Works Supervisor – Construction, Moyne Shire Council 
  13. Mandy Cohen, Area Manager Wimmera South West, MacKillop Family Services
  14. Troy Lovett- Wurreker Broker, Victorian Aboriginal Education Association
    Sponsor – Leadership Great South Coast
  1. Michelle Badenhorst, Owner Suffoir Winery and Brewery, Macarthur
    Sponsor – Women In Agriculture 
  2. Tim McPherson, Management Accountant, Wannon Water


Governance – The role you are meant to be in!


It turns out that if you have determination, passion, and a life-based skillset, you can get into governance and contribute to positive change. That is right, boards and committees are looking for people like you right now! I’m not suggesting that you call your nearest multi-national mining company and tell them to save you a place at the board room table (though this is achievable), but I am suggesting you can have an enormous positive impact on your community by sitting on one of your local committees and/or boards including CWA, kindergarten/schools boards, lions club as a few obvious choices. Here you can work with like-minded people to have your say, working with continued improvement in mind for these organisations and community groups.

You could also get really serious and consider applying for a seat on a government based not-for-profit board such as a hospital or TAFE board, though keep in mind there is generally more experience and accreditation required combined with an application and interview process. Here you can help to facilitate change on a larger scale within your community.

And then, if you happen to love it so much that you want to get reimbursed for your time, paid board positions do exist with larger private enterprises and organisations and generally require formal qualifications like the AICD Company Directors course to be completed along with extensive experience prior to application.

I can tell that you are already excited to make change and to help the community, but there are a few things that you need to bear in mind.

  1. Good governance is not easy, it takes work
  2. Be passionate about your cause
  3. Have an exit strategy before you get involved, and
  4. Governance is an evolving practice

Keeping this advice in mind, the final ingredient that creates high quality governance is diversity, which is why you should apply. You and your story could be what is needed in the board/committee you’re interested in.

Go and apply, make that positive change!

Jason Van Der Heyden, 2020 LGSC Participant


How to help others and get happy in the process!


Volunteers… they are the rock that our community groups and community fabric is built on. When you picture a volunteer you see meals-on-wheels drivers, coaches at the local sporting club or a cake stand at the school fete.

Have you ever considered how much volunteering you have done in your life? You may be quite surprised, as our 2020 LGSC participants were at our recent program day on the benefits of volunteering and the arts.

Numerous studies have proven that volunteering supports positive mental health – it is a great way to engage in your local community and increase your sense of social connection, provides internal satisfaction and can also be a great way to learn new skills that can be transferred into the paid workplace.

But what really speaks volumes is the 1996 study which found that volunteering is the second greatest source of joy, coming in only behind dancing! When all the benefits are considered it is a hard sell not to get involved and become a volunteer.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is may seem that a lot of volunteering opportunities are not currently available, but local organisation Volunteer Connect provides an easy platform to support you to find the right project or organisation where you can lend a hand.

So whilst some may decide that the foxtrot or the fandango may be for them, consider volunteering to not only help someone in need of a hand, but to help yourself towards happiness.

Liam Arnott, 2020 LGSC Participant

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