Program Lead 

Closing Date
Contact Officer
Julie Baird - Director Museum Archive Libraries & Learning
Contact Number
02 4974 1415
City of Newcastle Council, NSW


Program Lead 

Job No: CN3463 | Location: Newcastle

  • Deliver engaging programming across Newcastle's Museum and Libraries.
  • Permanent full-time role – 35 hours per week.
  • Flexible work arrangements available, including a flexitime and 9-day fortnight.

City of Newcastle (CN) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced and innovation Program Lead to join our Museum Archive Libraries & Learning (MALL) service unit in this newly created position on a permanent, full-time basis.

The Program Lead is an integral position within MALL, leading a team of specialists to deliver and develop engaging programming focussed on learning, entertainment and identity, and to engage with our diverse and broad communities across a range of sites and specialisations. With 6 direct reports, you'll work as part of the MALL leadership team to support an engaged, smart and innovative workforce by ensuring staff are developing and aware of their responsibilities to achieve project objectives in a timely manner and within agreed budget and delegation.

Key focus areas of the role include creating an annual balanced and strategic program for our varied audiences across our all-service points, planning for engaging new audiences, data analytics and reporting, budget and grant management for key programs. Key challenges include continual improvement and innovation, creating a new and unified team of high performing specialists aligning programs to need, strategy and identity of diverse sites.

What’s it like working at the City of Newcastle?

We are focused on making a real difference in our community and achieving our vision of creating a smart, liveable, and sustainable global city.  We are proud to deliver services valued by our community.  People come first at the City of Newcastle, which means providing employees with meaningful work and capacity for work life balance. As a large local organisation, CN offers opportunity to develop in your current role, grow into future opportunities and reach your full potential.  

Our organisation’s values are Cooperation, Respect, Excellence and Wellbeing which are underpinned by our behaviours of courage, trust, and pride. Together, our values and behaviours support our decision making, our day-to-day interactions and everything we do. 

We value diversity of thought, and we focus on equity in the workplace. We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace culture where everyone feels respected, safe, and valued so they can be themselves and fully contribute their opinions and perspectives to the success of the organisation.

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What are the benefits?

  • 35-hour working week with flexible work arrangements including optional 9-day fortnight
  • 4 weeks of annual leave
  • 3 weeks of personal leave each year
  • A 17.5% annual leave loading yearly payment  
  • Paid parental leave for primary carers
  • 2 additional paid Public Holidays
  • Additional paid leave days including Health & Wellbeing, NAIDOC, and Community Volunteer leave
  • Access to a range of exclusive CN employee benefits programs including Novated Lease options as well as access to reward and recognition vouchers
  • Annual performance development plans and ongoing training and development opportunities to ensure you continue to evolve and grow your career ambitions
  • Corporate fitness program from as little as $4.30 per week that will give you and your immediate family members access to a wide range of fitness and aquatic centres

Interested to know more?

Find out more about your new career by viewing the position description here.

Our people are valued and have access to a range of benefits that help balance life at work and at home. These include flexible working arrangements, professional development opportunities and health and wellbeing programs.

CN proudly promotes the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion to represent the community of our Local Government Area. All candidates will be assessed against the essential criteria outlined in the position description. Suitable candidates may be placed on an eligibility list for future identical positions for a period of 12 months.

We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive workplace where diverse styles, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are valued, encouraged, and respected. People from diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, people with diverse gender identities and sexualities, people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people with disability, and veterans) are encouraged to apply!

If you need any adjustments to be made to the recruitment process or if you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements, please contact for a confidential discussion.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

Application Closing Date: Sunday 24 September 2023 | APPLY NOW!

Remuneration: $108,046.17 + 11% Superannuation per annum for a 35-hour week.

Contact: Julie Baird - Director Museum Archive Libraries & Learning - 02 4974 1415

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