Senior Manager Work, Economic Security and Social Inclusion (WESSI) – Multicultural Communities Team

Hours: Full time at 38 hours per week for maximum term of 12 months

Location: Epping

Division and Department Purpose

The Community Programs division is one of seven divisions at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and exists to engage with individuals and communities, empowering them and building their capacity through providing services, advocacy and community regeneration. The Work, Economic Security and Social Inclusion (WESSI) unit sits within this division with a specific focus on maximising people’s employment readiness, financial capacity building, as well as fostering a sense of social and community inclusion.

WESSI at the Brotherhood covers a broad range of areas including programs, policy and our advocacy and influencing agenda.

The Multicultural Communities Team (MCT) is recognised for their high level of skill and expertise working with refugees and people seeking asylum and in the area of multiculturalism and immigration. The team applies a humanitarian approach to developing participant skills and promotes the unique strengths of individuals, families and communities of refugee, migrant and asylum seeker background. The MCT programs focus on children, families, employment, small business and training, community capacity building, advocacy and influencing.

Position Purpose

The Multicultural Communities Team (MCT) was established in 1956 and the Senior Manager will lead the team through a transformational change process by:

  • ensuring that services are aligned to the Brotherhood of St Laurence strategic direction
  • developing, demonstrating and fostering capability of programs that meet the needs of the individuals, families and communities
  • focussing on financial sustainability to ensure longevity of programs
  • advocating for change in the way services are delivered with government and other institutions
  • working collaboratively within the WESSI Senior Management team to achieve common goals.

To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:

  • Experience in change management, strategic leadership and advocacy in social policy including a demonstrated track record in representation at senior levels of Government, community organisation and private sector.
  • Knowledge and experience in the not for profit services and understanding of the barriers to social inclusion of disadvantaged people and communities.
  • Experience leading and managing an effective team.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage service/product development and delivery including the capacity to develop innovative ideas and opportunities to securing funding and partnerships with Government, philanthropy and private sector.
  • Well-developed communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills at a high level, including proven public presentation skills and submissions writing.
  • Understanding of and sympathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood. 
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications such as business, social work, education or social enterprise would be an advantage.

This is a full time position working 38 hours per week for a maximum term of 12 months.

Salary will be based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay.

For further information about the role please view the Senior Manager – Work, Economic Security and Social Inclusion (WESSI) (PDF, 319kb) or phone Melinda Moore on 0490 124 796.

To apply

Applicants are required to submit a resume and complete the screening questionnaire »

Applicants who do not complete the screening questionnaire will not be considered for shortlisting.

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)

Applications close: Thursday, 28 March 2019, 5:00pm

The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation. Applicants should be aware that as required, we conduct police and working with children checks as we acknowledge the importance of Child Safety.

Application process

In making an application for a position at the Brotherhood all applicants must:

  • read the position description
  • provide a brief cover letter
  • complete the application process as specified in the vacancy. Failure to complete the application process as specified in the vacancy may result in rejection of your application.
  • provide a current resume outlining your work history, details of any relevant qualifications and licences and two referees, either current or most recent Manager.
  • recommended applicants will be required to undertake Psychometric testing. Further assessments may include skills testing and presentations.

Applicants not shortlisted for interview will be contacted as soon as practicably possible. 

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Police and Working With Children Checks

The Brotherhood works with children, youth and vulnerable people and requires all staff to undertake a Police Check and, where applicable, a Working with Children check, prior to commencement. A person's criminal history does not automatically exclude an individual from working or volunteering at the Brotherhood. Police Checks are administered and paid for by the Brotherhood. 

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Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply
  • For more information or assistance with your application, please contact the Human Resources Team on (03) 9483 2444 or email: recruitment(at) 
  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you would like some more information about our recruitment process or require assistance with your application please contact our recruitment team at recruitment(at) or visit Jobs at the Brotherhood on our website.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
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