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Join the Discovery Team!

Discovery a dedicated and fun group who love inspiring scientific curiosity!

Do you have enthusiasm for, and recognise the importance of, science education? The Discovery Centre is a supportive and dynamic workplace, with opportunities to put your own stamp on the place.

Discovery’s mission is to inspire and nurture scientific curiosity.  

We are a small not-for-profit community enterprise with an enthusiastic team of creative professionals committed to fun-first learning. During the week we work with primary schools and early childhood Centres and on weekends we buzz with families engaging with over 100 hands-on exhibits, our early year play space, our famous vertical slide and the new Bendigo Planetarium.  


Assistant General Manager (2IC).

The Discovery Science and Technology Centre Bendigo is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual to join our team as Assistant General Manager. This role is pivotal in supporting the Centre’s mission to inspire curiosity, promote STEM education, and foster a spirit of inclusivity and collaboration within our community. The successful candidate will possess excellent organizational skills, a genuine passion for STEM education, and a demonstrated ability to secure and manage grants. They will work closely with the Centre Manager and staff to ensure the smooth operation of all activities and programs, while upholding our values of inclusivity, curiosity, fun, and collaboration.

Position Objective

The Assistant General Manager will assist with the delivery of The Discovery Centre’s strategic directions, while providing a safe workplace with engaged staff, and a sustainable for purpose organisation. The Assistant General Manager will hold responsibility for ensuring quality, financial performance and organisational culture, as well as the provision of high-level advice to the Board and General Manger, including analysis of the operating environment and its opportunities, risks and emerging trends.  The Assistant General Manager is required to meet the objectives set down by the General Manager and the Board in strategic annual plans and specific Assistant General Manager KPIs.

The Assistant General Manager will have creative flair and a passion for science education and be focused, determined and results driven.

A snapshot of your day

As our Assistant General Manager, you’ll be accountable for:

    • Making sure the team and centre are ready and prepared for the day ahead.
    • Ensuring the team have the skills and training required to provide inspiring and educational activities and exceptional customer service whilst adhering to safety requirements.
    • Providing authoritative advice to The Board and General Manager.
    • Managing and monitoring grants.
    • Exploring opportunities to improve the financial sustainability of the organisation whilst delivering on our strategic priorities, mission, values and vision.
    • Actively seeking and building relationships with community organisations and philanthropic organisations.

For the full Position Description please click this link.

Key Selection Criteria

      1. Organizational Skills:
      • Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously, with strong attention to detail and excellent time management skills.
      1. Grant Acquisition and Management:
      • Experience in researching, writing, and managing grants, including compliance with reporting requirements and deadlines.
      1. Marketing Experience:
      • A keen eye for marketing and promotional activities, with the ability to develop and implement effective marketing strategies to increase visibility and engagement.
      1. Team Leadership and Collaboration:
      • Strong leadership skills with experience in recruiting, training, and supervising staff and volunteers, fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment.
      1. Community Engagement:
      • Experience in building and maintaining relationships with community organizations, schools, businesses, and philanthropic bodies to expand outreach and partnerships.
      1. Financial Acumen:
      • Ability to support the preparation and management of budgets, ensuring financial sustainability and efficient resource allocation.
      1. Communication and Interpersonal Skills:
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to provide clear, authoritative advice to the General Manager and Board of Directors.
      1. Passion for STEM Education:
      • Demonstrated enthusiasm for STEM education and the ability to inspire curiosity and engagement in scientific topics among diverse audiences.
      1. Commitment to Inclusivity and Diversity:
      • A demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse environment, ensuring that STEM education is accessible to all members of the community.

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce and encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds. Discovery embraces inclusion and diversity and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.  If you are passionate about inspiring curiosity and fostering a love of science and technology, we invite you to join our team at the Discovery Science and Technology Centre Bendigo.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, key selection criteria responses and resume detailing your relevant experience and qualifications to manager@discovery.asn.au or call 03 5444 4400 if you have any questions about the role.

Applications will be accepted until the 27th of June, 2024.