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National Programs Manager

Waves of Wellness - Sydney, NSW

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Job Summary

Full Time position
Able to work flexible hours
Willingness to travel nationally
Strong organisation and project management skills

Job Description

Waves of Wellness (WOW) Foundation is a for-purpose mental health charity committed to changing the face of mental health. We strive to change lives through innovative mental health and wellbeing programs based on our three pillars of wellness, social inclusion, connection to nature, and engagement in meaningful activity. Our mission is to create and implement innovative mental health programs that break down the barriers and stigma that prevent people from being well.

Our programs are facilitated by mental health clinicians who are also trained in learn-to-surf instructing. Each week, our programs address a different mental health theme allowing participants to learn new skills and strategies through lived experience, storytelling, and connection with like-minded individuals. Clinical expertise facilitates functional recovery and meaningful connection. A therapeutic graded approach is essential to promote recovery in a supported environment rather than overwhelming participants. Through involvement in this program, participants gain the opportunity to learn how to use surfing as a coping strategy for their mental health.

Description of the Role

The National Program Manager (NPM) is responsible for all therapeutic and prevention based mental health program implementation nationally, providing on the ground support, supervision, and leadership to mental health group facilitators. The NPM is also responsible for a range of governance related areas including staffing, program scheduling, funding applications, reports, logistics planning, relationship management, and risk management.

Essential Criteria

  • Clinical mental health experience within psychology, occupational therapy, social work, mental health nursing, or other relevant fields

  • Understanding and experience with mental health group facilitation

  • Not-for-profit leadership experience

  • Strong organisation and project management skills

  • Willingness to work flexible hours and provide on call support

  • Willingness to travel nationally

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience using and maintaining Salesforce systems

  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning

  • Personal connection to mental health, the ocean, and surfing

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Program implementation, training and delivery on national level

  • Accountable for all program related tasks and team management

  • Staff management:

  • Training and supervision of staff

  • New site staff training and delivery of programs

  • Provide supervision to facilitation team and site leads on facilitation and additional tasks

  • Ad-doc on-call availability as required

  • Improved service delivery – staying up to speed on best practice including evidence based mental health therapies relevant to WOW programs, surf therapy safety standards, program development and evaluation

  • Manage key program relationships with stakeholders (schools, mental health services, community groups, etc.)

  • Overseeing intake and referral process of program participants using Salesforce

  • Development and updating of WOW program manuals for various program streams such as trauma, NDIS, youth, and juvenile justice programs in conjunction with consulting psychotherapists

  • Collaboration on organisational strategic direction

  • Ensuring safety management plans are in place at each location

  • Business development for new partners and programs

  • Completing reporting requirements for funding partners and WOW board of directors

  • Support with grant funding applications

  • Managing governance related to surf school accreditation and National Disability Insurance Scheme requirements (NDIS)

  • Involvement in corporate programs

  • Media engagements as required

  • Maintaining clinical registration and CPD goals through governing professional body


  • NFP salary packaging benefits

  • Fun vibrant culture

  • Monthly beach meetings

Please email your curriculum vitae highlighting relevant academic and work experience, and a cover letter (3 pages maximum).

Interviews will be carried out on Friday, June 25th

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



Sydney, NSW

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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