Is this you?  

Writing and growth are your thing.

Bids, tenders and grants are your jam.

Engaging with people is easy.

Partnering with purpose makes sense to you.

You are a forward-thinking professional with a strong growth mindset. You understand community services and the role we play in improving the social and economic impact that organisations can have.   

You thrive in organised chaos  

You know the importance of keeping things moving while having five different plates all spinning at once, from leading grants and bids, through to evaluating programs. Working in a high paced environment will fill your cup, but you also know when to put your hand up and ask for help.    

You want to make an impact  

You’re full of creative ways to seek funding and partnering with operational leaders to make this happen. You can think conceptually to understand how the work you do every day supports us in our social impact and breaking the cycle of disadvantage.  You are the chief at project management and able to take the lead on grants/bids/tenders, program evaluations, service design and implementation, partnerships and diversifying funding streams.

You’re bendy 
You can switch from strategically planning our targeted funding proposals to actually writing them, with ease. Changing lives is your passion, and you can achieve this through effective bid management and project management, but you still embrace rolling up your sleeves and mucking in to get the job done.

You care 

Our frontline worriers and change makers are all here because we genuinely want to break the cycle of disadvantage, and we want you to want that too! 

A bit about the role: 

As our Manager of Growth & Development you will be responsible for leading the coordination, identification and development of funding submissions that align to our strategic objectives. This includes grants, tenders and business development proposals. It will also include developing partnerships to evidence and evaluate our existing services, that will then aid you in working with our leadership team to scale-up and extend our footprint.

This is a new role designed to help fund our new Strategic Plan 2021-2025 and help us reach out 2030 aspirations. The role will combine a focus on responding opportunistically to grants/bids/tenders whilst also building a pool of scalable programs to then float to funders, investors, and philanthropists. The role will also focus on scalable growth through a sustainable lens.

You'll be leading the evaluation of our existing high impact model, partnering with professional services and internal leaders to get this done, then going to market and securing funding to help those most in need. You'll be reporting directly to an astute, ambitious and understanding CEO whilst partnering with senior leaders to identify opportunities for growth and also finding yourself taking on special projects that add value to the organisations mission and strategic intent.

This is a new role, so here are some things we think a typical month might include: 

  • Building an internal grants system that easily allows the org to respond to opportunities
  • Writing, editing and polishing bids
  • Working with leaders to understand performance and impact with a lens to then scale it
  • Evaluating programs and outcomes
  • Partnering internally and externally to evaluate programs and elements of what we do
  • Improving workflows within your portfolio to increase efficiency 
  • Writing briefing notes and reports for executives
  • Lots of other stuff, but some days are so busy we forget what we have done 

Or you can check out the full scope of the role by downloading the Success Profile.

A bit about us: 

We are an independent, registered charity providing front line support to young people and individuals experiencing disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues. We also help those looking to re-engage with learning and employment. We recognise the complex and varying needs of the people we work with and go above and beyond, 365 days a year, to provide pathways out of poverty. 

Last year, our highly skilled multi-disciplinary team provided 15,288 face-to-face contacts to people via The Living Room, supported 1,243 young people through our employment and training programs, and dispensed 1.3+ million safe injecting kits through our harm reduction programs. 

We have the ability to provide a complete wrap around, judgement free service with a strong focus on respect, client-centred care and harm prevention. The impact we seek enables each person to lead longer lives, have improved health, meaningful employment and a greater sense of belonging, safety and security through a holistic model of care. 

We operate out of two flagship sites (on the iconic Hosier Lane and in vibrant Glenroy) and are growing to deliver services across 15 more outreach locations across Victoria.  

Our culture is casual yet professional and high energy. We encourage flexibility for your work/life balance. Our team is serious about their work but doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

Why should you work with us?  

Every day you spend working with us, you’re making a difference. The stronger our frontline warriors, the bigger our impact of breaking the cycle of disadvantage. We think that’s a pretty great perk, but we don’t stop there… here are some of the others..  

  • Free specialty coffee at the office 
  • Access to generous salary packaging
  • Access to meals & entertainment benefits and novated leasing (if desired)
  • Flexible work environment
  • Uncapped Employee Assistance Program
  • 17.5% Annual Leave Loading
  • PLUS additional paid leave including; wellbeing leave, family violence leave, study leave and an extra 5 personal leave days we also provide flexibility to take extra unpaid leave or travel while working,


We’re a non-profit organisation that fills from a full cup but not a full pocket. in order to attract strong talent, we pay competitively and remunerate based on your skills and experience and are determined to make this the best job you'll ever have.  

Think you have what it takes and want to join the team at Youth Projects? Send through a cover letter and your resume to [email protected].  

Recruitment for this position will be undertaken as applications are received. The position will be filled when a successful candidate has been selected. 


Our commitment to diversity 

At Youth Projects, we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions and encourage applications from candidates with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and indigenous candidates 

Safety screening 

Youth Projects has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation. All Youth Projects staff must undergo Police and Working with Children Checks.