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Program Manager, Venture Cafe

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Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Marketing

  • Are you experienced working with startups, entrepreneurs and corporates?  
  • Are you outgoing and love working with communities both local and global? 
  • Do you have exceptional organisational and project management skills?

The Role 

The Program Manager for Venture Café Sydney is responsible for curating the content and oversees the successful delivery of our Thursday Gathering, a weekly collaboration event for the innovation, entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystem. 

You will expand our strong pipeline of community, organisations and partners who host panel discussions, workshops, office hours and roundtables based on Venture Café programming guidelines and curate content themes when applicable. This position will report directly to the Executive Director of Venture Café Sydney. 

About You 

You are familiar with the Sydney innovation community, its key players and believe in its potential for growth.  An extensive social network in this community is desirable, as well as the ability to build local partnerships. Your understanding of Sydney’s most pressing challenges and allows you to embrace them as opportunities for change and problem-solving. 

Qualities we are looking for: 

  • You are a well organised strategic thinker with exceptional project management and time-management skills 

  • You are an effective verbal and written communicator of thoughts, ideas and facts 

  • You can make decisions and work autonomously  

  • You solve problems creatively 

  • You can engage stakeholders in a professional and consistent manner 

About Us 

Venture Cafe Sydney’s mission is to connect innovators to make things happen. It will work to build stronger and more inclusive innovation ecosystems and accelerate and enhance the innovation process in Sydney.  It will do this through high-impact programming, physical spaces, storytelling, and broad innovation engagement. Located in Macquarie Park, Venture Café Sydney is a member of the growing Venture Cafe Global Institute (VCGI), with a shared mission and a localised approach to strengthening innovation ecosystems around the world. Venture Cafe currently operates in 11 locations, with several more in development. To learn more about VCGI go to 

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. A place of constant stimulus and human interaction. 

Venture Café Sydney will activate the Macquarie Park Innovation District and create opportunities for engagement with the Sydney innovation community as well as the growing Venture Café global network.  

Selection Criteria 
To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate cover letter that addresses the following selection criteria: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years of relevant work experience 

  • Connected to Sydney’s innovation community, key influencers, networks and organisations 

  • Proven event management and program management experience 

  • Successfully developed and implemented marketing strategies  

  • Experience building and managing relationships, networks and partnerships 

  • Be available to manage Thursday Gatherings with the support of the team from 3-8PM every Thursday - Venture Café operates 48 of 52 weeks per year. 

  • Be available to work a full-time load during business hours Monday to Friday. 

  • Be willing to travel internationally and hold a valid Australian passport. 

Salary Package: from $103,223 - $114,870, plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading 

Appointment Type: 2-year fixed term contract 

Specific Role Enquiries: Zara Crichton – Executive Director, Venture Cafe Sydney at 

General Recruitment Enquiries: Lizzy Nguyen, HR Officer at  

Applications Close: Thursday, 31 October 2019 at 11.55pm (AEST) 

Position Description: PD_Program Manager, Venture Cafe.pdf 

Macquarie University is committed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. We value individual difference and recognise the strength of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce where the backgrounds, perspectives and experiences of our staff are a driving force for collaboration, innovation and impact. 

We work to ensure genuine equality of opportunity for people regardless of their gender, age, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and/or family status, and we encourage you to apply for a position at Macquarie University. 


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