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Bushfire Resilience Program Manager

Organisation : Habitat for Humanity Australia

Location : NSW Regional

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Community Services, Management, Operations Management

Sector : Community Development

Salary type : Annual Package

About the role

The Bushfire Resilience Program Manager is responsible for program management, coordination, and engaging communities to deliver a variety of community development and education strategies to achieve resilience and prepare for future bushfires.

This role will operate in both the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands areas.

The Bushfire Resilience Program Manager undertakes a range of functions including:

  • Contributing to the design of and managing a program that increases bushfire resilience in the community and provides recovery activities that benefit the most vulnerable in the communities where we work
  • Working with and establishing effective relationships with program stakeholders including partner agencies, local community organisations, community members and other staff.
  • Work with program staff to assess vulnerable areas and properties.
  • Establishing, coordinating and managing a program of activities
  • Work with program staff and stakeholders to identify streets and neighborhoods that are vulnerable to future bushfires.
  • Organise and delivery or work with others to deliver a program of community education days and train the trainer.
  • Deliver various community development / disaster preparation activities, e.g. establish community bushfire committees, community bushfire protection plans, community information toolkits.
  • Ensuring that program reporting requirements are met
  • Work with and manage program staff to ensure a program of volunteer activities are delivered effectively and efficiently.
  • Drive their own vehicle (reimbursed for travel costs)
  • Providing information and safety presentation to volunteer teams
  • Taking photos of program activities
  • Preparing briefing documents, program reports, evaluation documentation, etc
  • Assist other staff to manage volunteers to ensure projects are completed on schedule
  • Other tasks to support the efficient and effective operation of the program


  • Well-developed program management/coordination skills.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in community development, capacity building, facilitation and networking.
  • Proven ability to develop strong, productive partnerships, engage and collaborate with key stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Highly motivated, positive, excellent organisation skills with very good attention to detail and ability to work independently.
  • Proven ability to liaise effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Highly developed communication skills including written, verbal, report writing and presentation skills.
  • Unrestricted driver’s license, own vehicle, ability to drive (including ute) and willingness to travel.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent work experience.


  • Experience in disaster recovery / resilience / preparedness programs and activities.
  • Digital/social media experience: an understanding of how to use technology to reach communities.

Note – the successful applicant will need to provide evidence of a clear criminal history and adhere to HFH’s Code of Conduct, policies and procedures including the Child Protection Policy.

This is a 12 month contract role with the possibility of extension.

To obtain a Position Description or for enquiries please email Michelle Duby –, using the subject line: Bushfire Resilience Program Manager. 

For any questions regarding the role please email

We will be reviewing applications as we receive them. Don’t wait to apply.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Habitat for Humanity Australia

Habitat for Humanity Australia (HFHA)

Habitat for Humanity is a global not-for-profit provider of housing for low-income families in need.  Established in 1976 in the US, Habitat for Humanity has changed the lives of people all over the world.  Today, Habitat for Humanity works in thousands of communities around the world, sheltering more than 35 million people since our humble beginnings. Our vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.

In Australia, Habitat for Humanity provides a range of services to disadvantage individuals and families. Our services include the Brush with Kindness (BWK) volunteering program, disaster recovery assistance, disaster resilience / preparedness work and partnerships to provide and improve housing solutions. BWK is a home maintenance and repair program working in partnership with accommodation services and disadvantaged people. The program mobilises teams of volunteers to conduct landscaping, maintenance, painting and minor repairs. This work improves accommodation for people experiencing homelessness and enables resources to be redirected to other projects. Disaster recovery / resilience / preparedness assists families and individuals affected by natural disasters like bushfire and supports communities to be prepared for future disasters. Habitat for Humanity Australia also works in partnership with housing providers, community service agencies and other organisations to increase housing solutions and improve existing housing and support services.

How to apply

Please send through your CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the role.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 


Please quote in application: Bushfire Resilience Program Manager via Pro Bono Australia.



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