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Job Listing Date
28 Feb 2019
Central & South East TAS
Work Type
Full Time
Hospitality & Tourism, Management

About the business

The Wooden Boat Centre (WBC) is a registered not- for- profit charity organisation on the banks of the Huon River in Franklin, Tasmania. The WBC promotes and shares the skills and craft of wooden boat building through education, restoration and building of new boats.

Supported by a tight knit community including people from around the world, the WBC relies heavily on volunteers and lovers of wooden boats. We aim to work collaboratively with other community groups to revitalise and maintain the working waterfront of Franklin. Over the years, the WBC has fostered wonderful relationships with the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, the Hobart City Council, Huon Valley Council, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Washington as well as local and national community leaders.

The WBC is now looking for an operations manager who can help drive the growth of the business in order to create a sustainable institution within the Huon Valley and an institution that participates within the international wooden boat community.

About the role

The Wooden Boat Centre's operations manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the WBC in collaboration with the Franklin Working Waterfront Committee and its associated sub-committees.

The role of the operations manager is to lead a diverse group of staff and volunteers as the WBC continues to maintain and grow its presence in both the Huon Valley of Tasmania but also within the international wooden boat community.

Whilst the operations managers role includes a range of standard operating activities such as project and product management, financial management, marketing, tourism and volunteering; the role also includes collaboration with a range of both internal and external stakeholders to expand the WBC's operations.

The WBC has a diverse range of products and requires experience and knowledge in tourism, education and boat restoration. The operations manager position is crucial to the success of the Wooden Boat Centre.

Benefits and perks

The WBC is located in the Huon Valley of Tasmania. Here you will find the perfect mix of work and pleasure, including an array of fine food and wine plus water activities such as sailing, kayaking and dragon boat racing.

Franklin is located 5 minutes from Huonville where you can find shops, schools and other family friendly amenities. 

The WBC supports and encourages community engagement and as such hosts a number of family friendly events throughout the year as well as participation in regional events. 

Skills and experience

The position requires:

Mandatory requirements – please address each of the following criteria in your application

  • Proven ability to work with, liaise with and lead a diverse group of staff, volunteers and internal and external stakeholders – including experience in conflict resolution
  • Well-developed communication skills to foster an open and inclusive community-based work culture – including strong public speaking experience
  • Demonstrated strong marketing experience and an understanding of modern marketing best practices in order to meet WBC strategic objectives and to inspire a passion for traditional wooden boat building – including experience in branding, student/tourist/volunteering recruitment plus public and media liaison
  • Demonstrated strong financial management practices including experience in preparing and managing budgets and maintaining business management, reporting and administrative systems
  •  A sound understanding of the implementation of work, health and safety practices
  • Experience in project management – including budgeting, resourcing, scheduling and change management as well as the ability to prioritise and re-prioritise a wide range of activities occurring simultaneously
  • Experience in working with the committees/boards/management to develop, implement and achieve strategic planning objectives and goals

Desirable requirements

  • Ability to understand, develop and lead a specialised education program
  • Experience in fundraising and grant/tender application development

Reporting lines

  • The operations manager reports directly to the Franklin Working Waterfront Committee
  • The operations manager is the direct report for 6+ permanent and casual/seasonal staff and is indirectly responsible for all volunteers

Hours of work

This role is a full-time role of 37.5 hours per week – with the expectation that the operations manager will be available out of standard operating hours for engagements such as afternoon/evening and weekend work as required. A time in lieu system will be implemented.

How to apply

Apply online via 

If you have questions regarding the position, please address these to the committee via

The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • How many years of business management experience do you have?
  • Do you have experience working towards targets and KPIs?
  • Are you willing to relocate for this role?

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