Projects Lead

Queenslanders with Disability Network Ltd
Job Description: 

SUMMARY: Responsible for leading the delivery of QDN's current funded projects and contributing to the development of new business opportunities and the strategic big picture policy work of QDN.

CLASSIFICATION:Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 – Social and Community Services Employee, Level 6.1

HOURS: Up to 38 hours per week (18 month fixed term contract to 30 June 2020)

TOTAL REMUNERATION: $87,474.40 per year (pro rata) (plus Superannuation), with available salary sacrifice option

LOCATION: Brisbane – travel may be required

About Queenslanders with Disability Network Ltd (QDN)

QDN is a member based representative body of over 1,500 people with a disability and their supporters. Our vision is that people with disability are active and valued citizens of Queensland. Our mission is to empower people with disability to be fully included as citizens in the social and economic life of the community.

QDN exists to:

  • promote and maintain active, vibrant networks that inform our work
  • let people know about the lives of people with disability and how to best talk with us
  • influence governments and others to bring about full and equal participation and citizenship, and
  • grow an independently sustainable, effective and accountable organisation that reflects our values, vision and mission. 

QDN operates a statewide Knowledge Network by and for people with disability and delivers information to members about issues important to people with disability, as well as gaining feedback from the network to inform QDN’s policy work.

Currently there are 20+ virtual and face-to-face local support groups supporting and involving over 1,500 individuals with disability and their supporters.

The Knowledge Network also delivers engagement and consultancy services through ‘QDeNgage’ linking government, business, and providers to QDN Engagement Consultants who are people with lived experience. QDeNgage delivers training, co-design activities, speakers, and consumer representatives.

QDN also undertakes a range of strategic systemic advocacy and policy work to influence and bring about change to key issues important to people with disability.


The Projects Lead position is responsible for leading the delivery of specified QDN projects which cover:

  • current funded projects
  • new business opportunities under QDeNgage, and
  • contributing to the strategic big picture policy work of the organisation.

The roles and responsibilities of this position include a range of activities across specific pro­jects and business development activities that include:

  • project establishment, implementation and evaluation phases, including stakeholder engage­ment, communication including the timely achievement of deliverables, within agreed budgets and performance levels
  • engaging with members and people with disability to inform our work and also build the capacity of people with disability to engage and have a voice within the policy context, and
  • delivery of associated project deliverables.


The Projects Lead reports directly to the CEO and has line-management responsibilities.

This position works as part of a team where interdependencies and collaboration with CEO, Business Development and Operations Manager, the Senior Leadership Team, staff, members and stakeholders are critical to the successful delivery of QDN’s projects, services and activities.


The appointee has reasonable autonomy and is accountable for the delivery of work assign­ments and projects, recognising when matters need to be referred to the CEO for resolution.


Fulfil the accountabilities of this role in accordance with QDN’s ethics, principles and values.

In financial and resource management the Projects Lead will:

  • actively seek, develop and support the increase of funding opportunities to ensure ongoing growth of QDN’s financial resources
  • coordinate internal resources, direct project staff and assist members with the implementa­tion of key activities to ensure projects deliver the required outcomes
  • ensure projects are delivered on time, within scope and within budget
  • inform line managers of ways to improve outcomes and/or reduce expenditure, and
  • promote membership growth.

In corporate governance the Projects Lead will:

  • ensure that Project Plans are developed, maintained and implemented
  • provide advice in the successful development of the project, program, operational and financial plans
  • maintain QDN’s paper and electronic records and documents in accordance with the organi­sation’s procedures and ensure compliance with all relevant national and state legislation, and
  • ensure compliance with QDN’s Quality Management System and provide guidance to staff on implementation of ISO9001:2015 and Human Services Quality Framework requirements.

In communications the Projects Lead will:

  • prepare a range of time-sensitive written content for QDN Projects, including policies, project plans, reports, submissions, presentations, newsletters, website content, publications and communication material
  • identify and establish productive working relationships with relevant government, private and not for profit organisations and agencies to influence state and national policy
  • represent the position and views of QDN to all relevant internal and external stakeholders in a way that enhances the reputation of the association
  • be a public spokesperson for QDN in accordance with Board of Directors delegations
  • provide timely, expert advice to key internal stakeholders regarding the ongoing progress of projects, and
  • ensure that the Business Development and Operations Manager and CEO are well and fully informed on all aspects of the functioning of the projects and business development oppor­tunities including proactively advising the Business Development and Operations Manager and CEO of risks to the organisation.

In relations to staff the Projects Lead will:

  • be responsible for the recruitment, selection, employment, and orientation of project staff and volunteers
  • ensure staff support and resource people with a disability to participate in organisational activities
  • effectively manage project staff performance, ensuring the completion of probation and performance reviews, updating of position descriptions and duty statements
  • be responsible for the provision of relevant professional development and training
  • develop a succession plan for project staff positions within the organisation
  • ensure ongoing compliance and development of OH&S policies and procedures, and
  • maintain and develops a positive organisational culture that retains high calibre staff.


The essential knowledge, skills, and attributes of the appointee include:

  • high level of knowledge and awareness of the disability sector and relevant Commonwealth and state legislation related to people with a disability
  • demonstrated experience in Project Management using project management tools
  • demonstrated experience and ability in  sector development
  • demonstrated written and oral communication skills, with the ability to effectively com­municate with a range of stakeholders, including members, Government and Community stakeholders
  • demonstrated ability to build and maintain appropriate working relationships with relevant parties
  • demonstrated ability to source and write grant applications and funding submissions
  • demonstrated high level of research and analytical skills
  • demonstrated understanding and skill in volunteer management
  • high level facilitation skills
  • capacity to lead in complex environments, and
  • abilities to manage competing demands within limited timeframes.


Qualifications and relevant experience in the areas of disability, human services and/or social sciences.

The position is for an 18 month fixed term to 30 June 2020 and is based in Brisbane, however travel intrastate and interstate may be required.

QDN operates under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010and the position is paid as a Social and Community Services Employee, Level 6.1 for a work week of up to 38 hours.

The total remuneration is $87,474.40 p.a. (pro rata), plus 9.5% superannuation. Salary Packag­ing is available.


The ability to gain a cleared National Police History Check and possess a current Queensland Driver’s Licence.

The appointee must ensure that they hold and keep current the required registration to perform in the role (e.g. yellow or blue card, AHPRA, driver’s licence) and advise QDN of any change in circumstances that may impact on the continuation of registration or licence.


A probation period of three months applies. The CEO will conduct an initial review at 3 months and overall performance appraisal will be in line with the Performance Measures detailed above.


To apply for the position of Projects Lead, you will need to submit:

1.    A cover letter

2.    A short statement of no more than three pages which addresses each of the four key accountabilities (financial and resource management, corporate governance, communications and staff)

3.    Your current Curriculum Vitae or resume including the names and contact details of two referees who have a thorough knowledge of your work performance. These will be contacted only following your expressed permission.

Applications must be submitted before 11:59pm on Sunday, 20 January 2010, by email to [email protected] using the subject line: Projects Lead application via QCOSS.

For more information

Please refer to our website for an overview of the services QDN provides.

If you would like to have a confidential discussion, please contact CEO Paige Armstrong on 07 3252 8566 or [email protected].

Ground Floor 338 Turbot Street Spring Hill Qld 4006
Spring Hill
4 006
Paige Armstrong
Phone No.: 
07 3252 8566
Closing Date: 
Sunday, January 20, 2019