Community Engagement Lead

Hours: Part time, between 22.8 - 32.4 hours per week

Location: Hume/Moreland, Bayside Peninsula and North East Melbourne

Applications close: Sunday 27 May 2018 at 5pm 

An exciting opportunity has become available engaging with people with disability, local communities, local governments, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the National Disability Insurance Agency to drive this ambition in a defined area.

Summary of program and its objectives

The Brotherhood of St Laurence drives changes that promotes compassionate and fair society where everyone has a sense of belonging. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), administering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) roll-out is partnering with the Brotherhood to deliver Local Area Coordination (LAC) services in the North East Melbourne, Hume Moreland and Bayside Peninsula areas.

LAC is pivotal in the NDIS, providing planning coordination and capacity building support for people with disability to maximise their choice and control over the services they receive to live an ordinary life. 

A key function of Local Area Coordination is the investment of resources into the creation of more welcoming and inclusive communities for people with disability. Community engagement at the Brotherhood is a collaborative, interdisciplinary process that involves teams from different program areas and utilising research and working together to achieve shared organisational objectives.

Main responsibilities of the role

Reporting to the Community Engagement Manager, the Community Engagement Lead will work to understand and map local issues and priorities; use local knowledge to inform the development of an annual Community Capacity Building plan for the area; build relationships with local councils and organisations; train, up-skill and work with Local Area Coordinators and Linkage Coordinators to implement community capacity building plans and work alongside council to bring effect to the joint statements of intent.

This position will be responsible for a designated area of LAC provision, being one of: North East Melbourne,  Area, Hume Moreland Area or Bayside Peninsula Area (two positions).

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:

  • relevant qualifications in community development, social work or other qualifications in line with the responsibilities of the position
  • demonstrated understanding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • professional experience in community development
  • experience with highly accountable processes that are subject to external review
  • well-developed interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build effective relationships and liaise across all levels both internally, externally and with people from diverse backgrounds
  • proven ability to work as part of a team
  • well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to plan workload, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • demonstrated ability to identify and resolve problems and make appropriate recommendations
  • proven ability to identify and resolve problems and make appropriate recommendations
  • understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood. 


  • experience in customer facing environments that support or provide services to the community.

This is a part-time position at 22.8 - 32.4 hours per week. Salary will be in the range of $69,849 to $74,747 per annum (pro rata for part time), based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available. 

For further information about the role please view the Community Engagement Lead position description (PDF, 276 kb) or phone Chris Price on 0400 505 393.

To apply

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

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)

Applications Close: Sunday, 27 May 2018 at 5pm 

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. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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