Community Impact Acting Manager

Hours: Part-time, 28 hours per week. Parental Leave Replacement (initially 6 months with a possible extension to 12 months). 

Location: Mernda

Applications close: Thursday, 24 May 2018 at 5pm

An exciting opportunity exists to lead the continued development of an innovative partnership focused on the early years and be at the forefront of new approaches to community engagement.

Summary of program and its objectives

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a very well regarded, non-profit organisation. Employing 600 staff and enjoying the support of in excess of 1200 volunteers, the organisation delivers a cross section of services to the most disadvantaged in the community. In addition they are committed to researching the causes and effects of poverty and advocating at national and local level for policy solutions. 

The Brotherhood of St Laurence and Goodstart Early Learning have formed a partnership involving the development of a Children and Family Centre in the City of Whittlesea, with an intention to carry this partnership into other growth corridors.   

The Jindi Family and Community Centre is the first of these centres and opened in January 2015.  The centre delivers holistic support to children and families, such as kindergarten and long day care, playgroups, allied health services, maternal and child health, financial inclusion and work and learning support.

Main responsibilities of the role

Reporting to the General Manager, Children, Youth and Families the successful candidate will support the continued development of new, place-based community engagement approaches in urban growth corridors, using an early intervention framework.

The position is employed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, but with clear reporting lines and accountability to a governance body consisting of representatives from the Brotherhood and Goodstart and City of Whittlesea.

The position will be required to work in close collaboration with the Goodstart Integration Manager, Council staff and other project staff in accordance with key objectives.

To meet the selection criteria, candidate will require:

  • tertiary qualified in an area relevant to community impact and will have proven experience in the development, planning and delivery of integrated services
  • naturally outstanding interpersonal, stakeholder and time management skills
  • the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate the transition of knowledge into strategic objectives.


  • a comprehensive understanding of policy and practice in early years in the Australian context would be highly desirable. 

This is a part time 6 months maximum term contract, working 28 hours per week. Salary will be in the range of $95,000 to $100,000 per annum (pro rata), plus a car or car allowance (pro rata) in lieu of a vehicle, based on skills and experience plus superannuation.

For further information about the role please view the Community Impact, Acting Manager position description (PDF, 285 kb) or phone Tricia Szirom on 0407 336 373 or email Tricia Szirom

To apply

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

Email written applications to: recruitment(at)

Applications Close: Thursday 24 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. 

Read the Brotherhood’s privacy policy.

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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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.