Software Development Project Manager (Agile PM)

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is the peak body of unions representing nearly 1.8 million workers and their families.

We are looking for a full-time Project Manager (12-month contract) to lead the development of two key software projects within the ACTU Organising Centre’s UTECH program. This role is a great opportunity to use your Agile Project Management skills for the benefit of Australian workers and their unions.

The first project will make workplaces safer - by helping organisers and workplace health and safety representatives to access educational resources and information and record hazards in their workplaces. The second project will help workers from non-English speaking backgrounds to better understand their rights and engage with their unions - through a multilingual workplace rights tool.

The position is based in the ACTU’s growing Technology team, working alongside skilled software developers, and user experience and design specialists in our Melbourne office.

The role will see you collaborate with a range of stakeholders within the ACTU and across the broader Australian Union Movement, including workers and their unions, content developers and subject matter experts.

About you:

Displaying a strong work ethic and healthy cynicism of buzzwords, you will be focused on the success of the team and the project rather than the individual. Your ability to manage competing priorities and willingness to jump in and get the job done, no matter how glamorous or gritty it is, will see you build strong relationships and trust with project stakeholders.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated experience leading teams delivering Agile software projects
  • Knowledge of the trade union movement & strong commitment to union values of social justice and solidarity
  • Great time management and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate technical details to a non-technical audience and vice-versa
  • Ability to work across multiple projects and competing priorities across multiple teams
  • Attention to detail and desire to improve ways of working
  • Strong knowledge of software development processes
  • Ability to identify and manage risks and issues
  • Exercises sound judgement and discretion


  • Agile PM certification
  • Reporting and analytics technical skills (Excel, SQL)
  • Understanding of Australian industrial relations and Occupational Health & Safety legislation
  • Experience in other relevant Software Development Team roles (e.g. Product Owner, Business Analyst, UX, Scrum Master)
  • Experience using online campaign tools such as Nation Builder
  • Experience working for a trade union or non-government organisation

The ACTU will offer the successful candidate a competitive salary based on skills and experience, along with 15% superannuation and generous leave arrangements.

To apply, please provide a covering letter addressing the selection criteria and a CV to Ben Moxham, Deputy Chief of Staff, ACTU at by 5pm, 22 July 2019.

For a confidential discussion about the role, contact Ben at 0400 285 045.

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