Worker Assistance Project Manager  

ForestWorks are providing support services to workers impacted by the Victorian Forestry Plan. 

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced and passionate Worker Assistance Project Manager who wants to make a positive impact by supporting workers and families through this transition.

As the Worker Assistance Project Manager, you will be responsible for managing and coordinating the delivery of the Victorian Forestry Plan Worker Support Program.

You will make a difference to the workers and communities affected by the Victorian Forestry Plan.

About ForestWorks

ForestWorks is an industry owned not-for-profit organisation offering services to support the skills development of the forest, wood, paper, timber and furnishing industries.

We work with businesses, government, industry associations, unions and the education and training sector to assist our industries, their people, and enterprises in developing a highly skilled and qualified workforce.

The organisation’s core focus is on skills development initiatives and programs that assist industry adapt to changing operating environments.

The Role

Reporting to the CEO, the Worker Assistance Project Manager will have the overall responsibility of effectively managing the Victorian Forestry Plan Workers Support Program.

We are looking for a compassionate individual who will make a difference to the community of people who are affected by the Victorian Forestry Plan. The Worker Support Program provides support for workers affected by native timber transition under the Victorian Forestry Plan, their families and community members.

Whilst this is a fixed term position to 31 October 2024 starting ASAP, end date will be subject to successful conclusion of the transition program and may be extended.

Key Areas of Responsibility

The Worker Assistance Project Manager will be required to coordinate and perform difficult and responsible activities, with duties including, but not limited to:

  • Leading the delivery of the Worker Support Program including financial performance and ensuring the attainment of key performance indicators and other contractual obligations.
  • Effectively coordinating the delivery of the worker support payments, relocation support costs and training.
  • Assisting with the development of project financial and other reports (including project status reports) within required timeframes.
  • Overseeing the preparation and delivery of WSP project staff invoices within required timeframes.
  • Identifying the training requirements of project staff and ensuring staff undertake the training required of them.
  • Ensuring that program operations are compliant with, funding arrangements, guidelines, contracts and organisational policies and procedures.
  • Providing accurate and timely information relating to the program to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Implementing systems and processes to drive compliance and to ensure that technical aspects of the program are effective and efficient.
  • Managing and collaborating with all internal and external parties involved to ensure the program initiatives are delivered efficiently.
  • Managing program documentation that fosters best practice and continuous improvement, including development, implementation, and review of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).
  • Developing and maintaining a:
    • Risk and Issues Register
    • Communications and Engagement Plan
    • Other relevant planning tools


  • Contributing to the development of Board reports.
  • Working collaboratively with project and grant partners and other stakeholders.
  • Supporting the work of the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Providing high-level strategic advice to the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Leading the project staff.
  • Working effectively with contractors and sub-contractors.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

To be considered for this role you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Experience as a Worker Assistance Project Manager in the employment services sector desirable but not essential.
  • Demonstrated understanding, alignment and agreement in the contract and service delivery objectives, data integrity requirements, and expected outcomes.
  • High level ability to build and maintain effective relationships.
  • High level ability to communicate and negotiate persuasively, both orally and in writing, with a diverse range of people.
  • High level ability to deliver and support projects and diverse teams (internal and external) to achieve cross-organisational outcomes.
  • High level ability to support, conceptualise, design, and manage projects through to a successful outcome.
  • Ability to achieve results against agreed performance indicators and within budget allocations and timeframes.
  • Strong writing skills that demonstrate attention to detail, excellent grammar, and punctuation.
  • Capacity to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team to deliver outcomes and solve problems.


  • Fixed term contract until 31 October 2024 with possibility of extension, starting ASAP.
  • Transparent pay scale (Level 7) – see below excerpt from ForestWorks and CFMMEU Manufacturing Division Collective Employment Agreement 2021-2024 [2021] FWCA 5632
    • Level 7: $140,048 - $162,996 base salary
  • 13.5% Superannuation (as compared to the standard 10.5%)


ForestWorks Classification Structure and pay rates from 1 April 2023


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